Taught course

Biological Imaging

University of Sheffield · Department of Physics

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in physics or biology.

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

Months of entry


Course content

This course focuses on the tools scientists can use to answer biological questions, from how cancer cells grow to how plant cells breathe. You can learn super-resolution and atomic force microscopy techniques from specialists in the University of Sheffield’s Biophysical Imaging Centre and Light Microscopy Facility, and electron microscopy techniques from the scientists running our new £2 million Arctica microscope.

At the start of the course, each week is devoted to a different technique. You’ll learn the theory by attending lectures and studying key scientific papers, then get practical training on how to use our specialist equipment to capture detailed images of biological systems. You will learn how to analyse and write up the data you have produced, often by learning to use code to programme your own analysis tools.

We have close links with lots of companies in the microscopy industry, such as Nikon Instruments, Zeiss and Hamamatsu, who we’ve collaborated with on projects, and that we’ve sourced state-of-the-art equipment from. Our industry partners will support your learning by giving guest lectures, designing research projects and providing insights into possible jobs after graduation. The course is also great preparation for a PhD.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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