Prospective undergraduates

Your undergraduate degree

Biomedical science is about understanding our bodies and our ability to control them during health and disease. It's the basic science that underpins medicine, and breakthroughs by researchers in Sheffield are enabling new treatments, improving care and prolonging life. Our research-led degrees are for those with a strong interest in modern biology and who want to study at the forefront of the discipline. We offer flexible study options and the chance to specialise.

Our main areas of research attract academic staff of international scientific standing. This expertise is used in the planning and delivery of our teaching, which means what you are taught, reflects in the key questions and latest approaches in contemporary biology. As a biomedical sciences graduate, you'll acquire skills that are at the forefront of advances in medical research. You will also possess a range of key transferable skills valued by many graduate employers.

Your course

Studying for a Biomedical Science degree in Sheffield is a unique experience: our lecturers are leading experts in their fields, their research is helping fight disease and save lives. We also have one of the only anatomy modules in the UK where you can perform a full dissection of a human cadaver.

In the first two years of your course, you'll learn the essential facts that every biomedical scientist needs to know, from how the human nervous system works to the effect of drugs on our bodies. Then it's up to you, because in third year you have a choice of study routes: physiology with pharmacology, neuroscience, developmental and cell biology, and medical science.

We also offer degrees with a year abroad or a year in industry. The Year Abroad allows you to enhance your understanding of biology related areas, including those lying outside of BMS and also provides an opportunity to study areas outside of biomedical science such business and management.  The Year in Industry provides an opportunity to work in bioscience buisness, or you can choose to develop an understanding of areas such as marketing, finance, project management.  The placement year enhances and embeds key employment skills.

On the four-year MBiomedSci course, you'll get an extra year to develop your professional science skills. You'll get to do your own independent extended research project, as well as compiling reports, giving presentations and exploring the ethics, law and public understanding of science.

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Our courses

Your degree

Our lecturers are active researchers, so you'll be learning about topics at the cutting edge of modern science. This means you'll be well equipped when you enter the jobs market after graduation, because you'll have the most up-to-date knowledge and research at your fingertips.

We teach you lots of lab skills that a professional scientist needs, plus research and analysis skills, team-working and communication. For example, all videos displayed on this page were produced by our second year students, as part of the BMS227 Career Development Skills module. You can get even more work experience by spending a year in industry.

Ultimately, you'll have lots of options after you've finished your degree, whether you want to work in scientific research, industry or another field altogether. Our graduates have gone to work in all sorts of different labs, businesses and institutions.

After your degree


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