Biosciences offer holder days

As part of your offer holder day at Sheffield, you'll be spending some quality time getting to know the School of Biosciences and your chosen course, and meeting current students.

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Adam Hodgson

Arriving at the department

You'll have booked to visit us 10am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm on your offer holder day. Please arrive in good time for the start of your booked session, as we'll need to scan the QR code from your booking to register you.

Your arrival location is: Students’ Union Auditorium (East Entrance)You can view this on our interactive campus map, and there'll also be lots of open day staff and ambassadors around campus to help you.

If you arrive late for your booked session, please report to the general information stand on the Students’ Union concourse, where event staff will be able to help.

During the booking process, the system will allow you to book a place for yourself and one guest. However, we're happy for you to bring along a second guest as well, if you'd like.

We also encourage you to take part in a range of central exhibitions and tours organised by the University and running throughout the day on campus.

Biosciences offer holder timetable

You'll have booked to visit the department 10am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm on your offer holder day. Here's what to expect from your time with us. Timings are approximate and are subject to change, so we recommend checking back prior to the event.


Student activity

Parent/supporter activity

1 hour

Course talks

Course talks

1.5 hours

Bioscience research experiences

Careers discussions followed by tours of the department

For the rest of the day, you'll have time to take part in the central tours and exhibitions detailed in our offer holder day guide.  

Bioscience research experiences

You'll take part in two bioscience research experiences and go on a tour of research and teaching facilities to give you a real taste of what it's like to be a student at Sheffield. 

We will match you to two activities aligned with your chosen degree that will give you a range of experiences in the types of laboratory practicals that you'll encounter on your course. Experiences on our offer holder days are run by our researchers, teaching staff and current students, giving you lots of opportunity to ask questions. The below examples will give you an insight into what you could be doing on the day. 

Genetic analysis of patient samples for cancer diagnosis

Learn how our students are trained to conduct genetic analysis of cancer patient samples that allow clinicians to make decisions about treatment. We’re working in partnership with Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, giving our students the opportunity to help NHS geneticists to diagnose blood cancers.  Through this work our students directly tackle the global challenges of cancer and age-related human disease.

Forensic anatomy

Learn how Biomedical Science plays a key part in forensic anatomy. Examine anatomical models and hear more about state of the art approaches you’ll use during your degree to understand human anatomy and physiological disease.

Imaging life in zebrafish

Learn more about our research using fish, see some transgenic, fluorescent fish embryos in our zebrafish pod, and discover how we can understand development and disease in both humans and animals.


Measure electrical parameters of your own heart and get to try out our Learning and Teaching software to see how you get step-by-step support that supplements the academic supervision through all of our taught practicals.

Covid evolution and genetics

In this computer simulation activity, you'll get the chance to track the evolution and spread of Covid-19 using real genetic data from online resources. This type of practical addresses the global challenges of both human disease and evolution, showing how closely your studies will relate to real-world problems.

Investigating photosynthesis through quantitative microscopy

Learn how to use imaging software to identify cell types in maize or rice leaves. You'll measure the sizes of specific cell types, compare these in maize and rice, and relate this to different mechanisms of photosynthesis. Through this process you will begin to understand the evolution of life, learn techniques that could be applied to all species, both plant and animal, and see why the biodiversity crisis global challenge is such a threat.

Cyanobacteria as the living model of synthetic biology

During this activity, we’ll study cyanobacteria to show the connection between chemistry and biological function. These organisms engineer the photosynthesis system to increase efficiency and capture wavelengths beyond the usual range.

Biodiversity in flight: evolution of bird wings

Measure the diversity in size and shape of a range of bird wings, and use your findings to identify the five basic designs dictated by the lifestyle and ecology of that species.

How ecosystems protect arctic permafrost from thawing

Test how different mosses and soils affect the thawing of ice. This activity will illustrate how the biological environment affects the thawing of Arctic permafrost in response to global warming. Through these approaches we see how the Biosciences can tackle global challenges such as climate change.

Study of leaf structure through thermal imaging

Use thermal imaging to calculate leaf temperature and test the effects of mutations on the responses of plants to changing climate conditions.

Chromoprotein expression and regulation of bacterial growth

Several of our undergraduate students competed in an international competition to develop new biotechnology. They developed a system to control the speed of bacterial growth and introduce chromoproteins to create bacterial patterns in a range of colours. Participate in this work, generate your own results, and see how microbiomes can be altered to investigate the global challenges around genetic abnormalities.

Drosophila as a model organism

Visit our fly lab, see down the microscope and discover how our fly research is useful for understanding human health and disease and testing genetic variation. We'll tell you how we're using flies in our research at Sheffield and how you'll use them during your studies.

Protein crystallography

Grow your own protein crystals and start to think about how we use biochemical techniques to understand life at the atomic level.

Cryo Electron Microscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Sheffield has facilities to study biology at the molecular or even the atomic scale. Visit one of these facilities and hear how this technology can be used to solve the global challenges we face.

Parents and supporters tour

While you're taking part in activities, parents and supporters will receive a tour of the school and our facilities. They'll also get a chance to speak to current students and staff about the exciting opportunities that are available to you, and where a degree from Sheffield can lead.

How to book

Please book your place on the offer holder day via the link in your invitation email.

If you have any questions, please drop us an email to: