Academic staff

Professor John Haycock  


Professor of Bioengineering and Biomaterials,  Tissue Engineering Theme Leader

0114 222 5972


Year 1/2: Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems I and II
Year 2/3: Cell and Molecular Biology

John heads up the Biomaterials Science and Tissue Engineering Stream and is from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. One of the leading figures in Bioengineering research in the UK, his research uses a materials-based approach to finding solutions for repairing nerve injuries.

Research interests

  • A materials-based approach to finding solutions for repairing nerve injuries.

Key achievements

  • Implementation of nerve regeneration therapies towards clinical trial.
  • Editing two books – 3D Cell Culture and Cellular In Vitro Testing.
  • Being featured in a BBC Horizons documentary on nerve regeneration research.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying Bioengineering at Sheffield?

"The bioengineering degree has a number of strengths. It is structured to give students a good grounding in a broad range of engineering disciplines – from mechanical engineering and electrical engineering to chemical engineering and materials science. This ensures our graduates are able to enter industry and straight away set about addressing the important issues around human healthcare and longevity of life.

I would say that Sheffield is a fantastic, internationally leading Russell Group University and it is unique in what it offers. Importantly, an engineering degree from Sheffield looks good on your CV when you graduate. Outside of its academic excellence, the Students’ Union is consistently voted the best in the country with a huge amount of sports, clubs and activities on offer.

In terms of the city, it’s economical to live here, it’s very safe, it’s friendly and it’s well integrated with the local community. When you take all of those into account, it’s easy to see why students love it here."

What careers are out there for our graduates?

"There are a diverse range of career options for a bioengineering graduate. One of the main routes is working in the healthcare industry for employers such as Smith & Nephew, Johnson & Johnson, and Unilever. There are also medical device companies, including DePuy and JRI Orthopaedics. Very exciting opportunities exist for Clinical Scientists in the NHS too.

A number of students go on to do higher degrees – a taught MSc, MRes or a PhD. They can do that anywhere in the world, but if they’re good, we like them to stay in Sheffield!

It’s worth emphasising that graduates shouldn’t limit themselves to Yorkshire or the UK when looking for jobs. They can work in Australia, the United States, Canada – anywhere they want. It’s the sort of degree that will allow a graduate to work in many countries. We have a lot of interest from international students too – international exchange in both directions is very important and essential for creating international networks."