Biomedical Science

Biomedical Science is devoted to understanding the human body and our ability to control it during health and disease.

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About Biomedical Science at Sheffield

Our Biomedical Science courses cover everything from human physiology and pharmacology, to molecular and cell biology, helping you to define the future of clinical medicine. You’ll study the basis of diseases such as coronavirus and cancer, and challenges such as hearing loss. You’ll explore therapies that use stem cell technology, and discover how we develop drug treatment for inflammatory disease.

Top 10 in the UK for Biomedical Sciences

Complete University Guide 2022

We're proud to be one of only a few universities in the UK to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to perform full body cadaveric dissection, providing you with an excellent foundation for understanding human physiology and developmental biology.

As you progress through your degree you’ll be able to specialise in key areas such as Stem Cells and Cancer, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology; and Developmental and Cell Biology. Whichever specialism you’re interested in, your personal tutor will support you to tailor your degree to your interests and career goals.

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As a biomedical science student you'll learn in lots of different ways, from lectures and small group tutorials to learning by doing during practical lab sessions and research projects.

From your first year you’ll study a range of biomedical science modules, with the freedom to explore optional topics from across the breadth of bioscience, such as genetics, microbiology, evolution or biochemistry.

Our staff are committed to great teaching and you'll have lots of opportunities throughout your degree to be creative, think independently, and express your ideas. You’ll be in the lab completing in-depth practicals, learning about the human body through cadaveric dissection, and even sharing your own knowledge and benefiting from others' expertise through peer assisted study sessions. All giving you plenty of chances to gain new transferrable skills and experience to put on your CV.

1st in the UK for medical research

Latest Research Excellence Framework (2014)

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Research projects

BMS students in the lab

In your third year, you'll get the opportunity to complete an extended research project either inside or outside the lab. Students who choose to be lab-based will be embedded in one of our specialist research groups, working within a team to conduct and report research findings in one of four areas:

  • Physiology and Pharmacology - explore from the level of cell and organ to the whole body;
  • Neuroscience - specialise in the development and function of the human nervous system;
  • Developmental and Cellular Biology - from genetic control of cell function to the organisation of the entire human body;
  • Stem Cells and Cancer - exploring the potency of stem cells in health and disease.

If you choose to complete your project outside the lab, you could enhance your scientific and presentation skills with an extended library project, gain experience of teaching in local schools, or even join the "Patients as Educators" scheme to interact with and discuss clinical conditions with volunteer patients.

Our integrated masters courses allow you to complete a further in-depth research project whilst embedded in one of our specialist research groups.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is a university programme that provides support for students from different levels on the same degree programme.

Weekly revision sessions are designed to help students to better understand course content and develop essential study skills.

The sessions are run by higher-level students known as PASS Leaders who have studied the same modules previously and use their knowledge and experience to support your transition to university.

The sessions are fun, collaborative and interactive and research has shown that regular attendance at PASS sessions has a correlation with improved academic performance.

Student profile Reem Abouward

As a PASS leader, I aimed to provide an inclusive learning experience to every student, challenging and supporting them as they developed a love of learning, and became independent learners.

Reem Abouward

BSc Biomedical Science PASS Leader

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