Biology is a practical subject, so we make sure that you have all the space and equipment you need to develop the skills of a professional scientist. Our department is based in in the Alfred Denny Building, which hosts research laboratories, lecture theatres, teaching rooms and the Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology, where undergraduates have been taught for more than 100 years. It's all just across the road from the Students' Union.

Sheffield is one of Britain’s greenest cities, with four trees to every person, so we make the most of our surroundings too. The city is filled with rivers, woods and parks that serve as 'natural laboratories', including the nearby Botanical Gardens, Weston Park and Ponderosa park. The Peak District National Park is only a short distance from campus too, and we're perfectly positioned for regular out-of-town trips to centres such as The Deep aquarium in Hull, Old Moor RSPB reserve in Barnsley and Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in Doncaster.

Teaching laboratories

During your degree you'll spend a lot of time in our specialist teaching laboratories in the Alfred Denny Building and the Perak Building. These labs are fully equipped with microscopes and spectrophotometers for analysing samples, and electrophoresis equipment and PCR machines for examining DNA. You'll also have access to professional programming and analysis software including Image J, Avisoft and R.


Lecture and tutorial spaces

Lectures take place in the Alfred Denny Building and other lecture theatres across the University campus, close to the accommodation and Students' Union. They are recorded so you can return to them later. You'll also have small group teaching sessions in our seminar rooms, staff offices, and the Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology, and there are meeting rooms you can book to work on group projects with other students.


Research facilities

For your third year research project, and in fourth year if you do one of our MBiolSci courses, you can be based in one of our specialist research laboratories, working alongside professional scientists. These include the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility, which is used in molecular genetics studies, and the insect husbandry facilities and plant growth facilities at the Arthur Willis Environment Centre and the Sir David Read Controlled Environment Facility (pictured), which can replicate climate scenarios from anywhere in the world.

Controlled Environment

Independent study spaces

Bookable computers are available in the department. There are also 1,600 computers available through the University's library services, including at The Diamond and the Information Commons which are open to all students 24/7. The University of Sheffield's state-of-the-art library services were voted joint first in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.

The Diamond