At the start of the course, each week is devoted to a different microscopy technique. In the first half of the week, you will learn the theory behind a technique, then get practical training so that you can learn how to use specialist equipment to capture detailed images of biological systems. Finally, analyse and write up the data you have produced, often by learning to use code to programme your own analysis tools.
Once you have practiced a range of techniques, you will choose a topic for your own research project. The project will take up one-third of your course and you will be supported by a supervisor either based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in one of the University of Sheffield's biology departments, or with one of our partners in industry. They will provide advanced training in the microscopy techniques your project is based on.
Not only is the course great preparation for a PhD, but we have close links with companies in the microscopy industry, such as Nikon and Zeiss, who are designing the latest cutting-edge technologies. Organisations such as these will support your learning by giving guest lectures, designing research projects for you to tackle and providing insights into the jobs that you can be qualified for after graduation.
We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.