MSc Taught Courses

Masters taught courses

Our postgraduate Masters (MSc) degree courses provide a broad learning experience concerned with the understanding of human health and disease, unlocking new treatments, improving care and prolonging life. There is a growing demand for skilled, multi-disciplinary bioscientists, so our programmes follow a unique research-led teaching environment designed to build on upon your knowledge and subsequently offer graduates a wide range of employment opportunities within academia or industry.

We currently offer the following one year taught courses in molecular and cell biology:

  • MSc in Biomedical Science (BMS)
  • MSc in Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery (GADD)
  • MSc Human Anatomy and Education (HAE) - new course starting September 2017
  • MSc in Molecular and Cellular Basis of Human Disease (MCBHD)
  • MSc in Sensory Neuroscience (SN)
  • MSc in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (SCRM)

Our Masters degrees are 1 year full time taught courses starting every September

Entry Criteria: Good upper second class honours (or equivalent) in a biomedical or related subject

Option to further study a PhD on our Integrative Studies programme (see Integrated PhD below).

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MSc Human Anatomy and Education (HAE)

MSc Human Anatomy and EducationUnderstanding Human Anatomy is integral to a wide range of clinical and scientific disciplines including, Medicine, Dentistry, Archaeology, Forensic Science and Bioengineering. This unique programme provides an in-depth understanding of Anatomy through cadaveric dissection and training to become an accredited Anatomy Teacher upon graduation.

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MSc Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery (GADD)

Expansion of genomic technologies has enabled more targeted pharmacological approaches.The global cost of human disease makes the identification of novel gene targets and candidate drugs critical to our existence. This unique research-led course provides specialist training to future scientists in drug screening and gene discovery using the latest automated genomics techniques. Graduates are in strong demand across the healthcare and academia sectors.

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MSc Biomedical Science (BMS)

MSc Biomedical ScienceIf you have a strong interest in modern biology, this research-led masters degree combines a range of practical and theoretical training, with examples drawn from our pioneering research. As the demand for skilled graduates in biomedicine increases, this course offers excellent career prospects, including further training or PhD opportunities.

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MSc Sensory Neuroscience (SN)

MSc Sensory NeuroscienceOur Sensory Neuroscience masters course provides you with the opportunity to study a strong multidisciplinary research programme designed to better understand sensory systems and treat the conditions that affect them. You'll learn and be trained from leading scientists to develop a wide range of specialist skills pertinent to future careers in biosciences.

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MSc Molecular and Cellular Basis of Human Disease (MCBHD)

MCBHDWhole genome sequencing has opened up a new era of studies into this specialist area. This course provides key skills to future scientists in the production and use of animal models for basic research into disease mechanisms and for therapeutic studies. Graduates trained in this area are in strong demand from the healthcare industry as well as in academia.

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MSc Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (SCRM)

SCRMStem Cell and Regenerative Medicine is at the forefront of future therapies to repair diseased and damaged organs. This course develops key skills in the emerging and exciting area of stem cell techniques. Graduates with training in this specialist field will gain high-level employment opportunities within the healthcare industry and academia.

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Firth Court and Florey Building - The University of SheffieldWhy study at Sheffield?

Our outstanding research record means we attract academics of international standing. Subsequently, our MSc programmes are underpinned by the expertise of our current staff and associate research centres. This not only ensures that you will be trained in the latest concepts and techniques, but also by a team of world-class scientists based here at Sheffield.

A masters degree will give you a highly valued and specialised skill set at the forefront biomedical science. So whether you plan to further your career in industry, research, or just want to enhance your CV,  join us and you'll become a member of a department with a proven track record for teaching and research.

Top rated for teaching and research

In the Research Excellence Framework for 2014, we were ranked 1st in the UK for Medical Research and 5th in the UK for research in Biological Sciences. (Source: Times Higher Education). Our work in Life Sciences is ranked within the top 40 in the world.

All our teaching is drawn from our pioneering research. Notable breakthrough examples include: ultrasound skin healing, human stem cells for hearing repair, the generation of animal models for Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, muscular dystrophies, and their use for therapeutic studies. The department's core research centres' focus on translating laboratory research to the clinical environment.

Career and future prospects

Our graduates consistently find high-level employment in academia, industry or in a clinical-related field. A high calibre degree from Sheffield offers many international opportunities – from Europe, to China, India, Australasia and the USA. Further study proves very popular as over half of our MSc graduates go on to study a PhD. Some here at the department of Biomedical Science.


Course StructureCourse organisation and structure

For all courses, modules are undertaken to the value of 180 credits. Organised as follows:

Core Modules (120 Credits)

  • Laboratory Project (60 credits);
  • Literature Research (30 credits);
  • Critical Analysis of Current Science (15 credits);
  • Ethics, Law and Public Awareness of Science (15 credits).

Optional Modules (60 Credits)

  • Choice of 2 practical modules (2x15 credits) - excluding GADD;
  • Choice of two lecture modules (2x15 credits).

Courses begin late September and split into two equal semesters.

  • You complete 90 credits of taught modules, including practicals and lectures;
  • This is complemented by an extensive research project and a literature review worth 90 credits.

There will be a laboratory placement with one-to-one consultation and training to support your individual research project. Regular seminars from distinguished international experts help you to connect your studies to the latest developments.

Assessment: A mixture of formal examinations, coursework assignments, debates, poster presentations and dissertation.


Entry and ApplicationEntry and Application

Entry requirements are a Upper 2:1 Honours Degree in a Biomedical Science or a related subject.


Fees and FundingFees and Funding

Up-to-date fees can be found on the University's postgraduate webpages:

There are various sources of funding that could help you with your postgraduate studies, and for international students there are a number of scholarships available:

Scholarships for international students | Postgraduate Student Funding Table

Integrated PhD

PhD with Integrated StudiesPhD with Integrated Studies

Students with access to appropriate funding may enrol in our PhD with Integrated Studies programme.

This unique course route incorporates one of the following courses: MSc Sensory Neuroscience (SN), MSc Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery (GADD), MSc Molecular and Cellular Basis of Human Disease (MCBHD), MSc Biomedical Science or MSc Stem Cell, Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) and MSc Human Anatomy and Education (HAE).

It then goes on to offer an opportunity to pursue a three year PhD in a Biomedical Science research laboratory.

Entry qualifications and fees are similar for postgraduate taught programmes.

To enrol on a PhD with Integrated Studies, students must be funded at the outset for the entire four years of the programme.

  • If you require further advice and information, please contact our BMS admissions team who will be happy to assist.

International ScholarshipsPostgraduate Support Scheme Scholarships

The University of Sheffield is pleased to offer 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2017.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship scheme is Monday 15th May 2017. 

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International Scholarships

International Scholarships - For the 2016/17 academic year, we will award scholarships worth £2,000 each to two international MSc students holding an offer.

  • Scholarships are worth £2,000 per year each;
  • You must hold an offer of a study place (conditional or unconditional) and have accepted this offer;
  • You must begin your postgraduate studies in September 2016 in one of our MSc courses;
  • You must be self-funded and classified as overseas for tuition fee purposes;
  • The scholarships will take the form of a tuition fee reduction;
  • The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit/academic achievement.
Contact us

Contact UsContact Us

If you require further information, help or advice about our MSc taught courses, please contact the BMS admissions team:

Postgraduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Biomedical Science
Addison Building
The University of Sheffield
S10 2TN
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 2319
FAX: +44 (0) 114 222 2787


MSc Science Communication

This exciting MSc course is taught by world-leading scientists and media practitioners in the fields of science communication and journalism. Our internationally recognised expertise, state-of-the-art media facilities and teaching staff with extensive professional experience in Fleet Street and the BBC, will provide you with unparalleled support.

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