Biomedical Science with a Year Abroad






BSc

UCAS Code: B901
Typical offer:
AAA
Length:
Four years

Don't meet our entry requirements?
International students: Pathway programme
UK students: Biosciences with Foundation Year


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About the course

Our degree programme is based around a mixture of compulsory modules covering the subjects that every biomedical scientist needs to know, and options that allow you to focus on the subjects that interest you most. On the Year Abroad course, you'll spend your third year studying biomedical science at a top institution in another part of the world. You'll have the freedom within your overseas programme to study subjects outside biology and you'll pay reduced fees for the year you're abroad.

The first and second years of the degree covers the basic concepts and skills that biomedicine is based on, including cell and molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy, developmental biology, neuroscience and systems biology. As you progress in the degree, you'll do more laboratory work, including human anatomical dissection classes in second year.

In your third year you will study at a foreign partner university selected at the beginning of year 2. We have partnerships worldwide so you can study in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, the USA, Singapore or Korea. You will have freedom to select from the biomedical science related classes offered by your host university (subject to local restrictions) as well as an opportunity to take other courses, experience the culture of their host country and travel. Your place at another university isn't guaranteed – it’s your responsibility to secure one but we’ll do everything we can to help.

On your return your fourth year will closely mirror the third year of students on the standard Biomedical Science degree. You will be able to choose one of four specialist routes and complete a 12-week research project, which can be based inside or outside the lab.

Throughout the degree, you will have lectures on the latest developments in biomedical research, and tutorials to help you develop literature searching, analysis, communication and teamwork skills. You'll write reports and present your findings as you become an independent, critical thinker. This helps to give you lots of skills that you can put on your CV, which employers within and beyond science are looking for.

Assessments in first year:
Written and practical examinations – 67%
Coursework including oral presentations – 33%

Second year: Exams – 80%, coursework – 20%
Third year: Exams – 70%, coursework – 30%
Fourth year: Exams – 30%, coursework – 70%

Read more about this course on the University of Sheffield's webpages for undergraduate students:

BSc Biomedical Science with a Year Abroad

Structure and content

Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.






First year
Core lectures and practicals cover:

  • Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Pathobiology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Laboratory Skills in Biomedical Science
  • Introduction to the Study of Organ Systems

Second year
Core lectures and practicals cover:

  • Advanced Concepts in Molecular Physiology
  • Advanced Concepts in Cell and Developmental Biology


Optional lectures and practicals cover:

  • Introduction to Human Anatomy – includes supervised human dissection
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Stem Cells, Ageing and Cancer
  • Neural Circuits, Behaviours and Memory
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology of Cells

Third Year
Study in one of over 40 potential partner Universities where you can select from Biomedical Science related courses as well as having the opportunity to take other courses and experience the local culture.

Fourth year
Students choose one of the following specialist routes:

Physiology and Pharmacology

This route allows students to focus on human physiology and pathophysiology, working from the level of the gene, protein, cell and organ to the whole body.

Typical practical modules:

  • Group Research Initiatives
  • Pharmacological Techniques
  • Forensic Anatomy

Typical core modules:

  • Molecular Physiology of Ion Channels, and Human Disease
  • The Kidney in Health and Disease
  • Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease

Example optional modules:

  • Biological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Cancer Biology
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Modelling Human Disease and Dysfunction
Neuroscience

This route allows students to focus on the development and function of the human nervous system.

Typical practical modules:

  • Neuroscience Techniques
  • Forensic Anatomy

Typical core modules:

  • Molecular Physiology of Ion Channels, and Human Disease
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Sensory Neuroscience

Example optional modules:

  • The Kidney in Health and Disease
  • Membrane Trafficking
  • Cancer Biology
Developmental and Cellular Biology

This route allows students to focus on the development of the human body and the role cellular and molecular mechanisms play in this process.

Typical practical modules:

  • Neuroscience Techniques
  • Forensic Anatomy

Typical core modules:

  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Modelling Human Disease and Dysfunction
  • Stem Cell Biology

Example optional modules:

  • Principles of Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering
  • Membrane Receptors
  • Biological Basis of Brain Disease
Stem Cells and Cancer

This route allows students to gain a broad understanding of biomedical science.

Typical practical modules:

  • Neuroscience Techniques
  • Forensic Anatomy

Typical core module:

  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Principles of Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering

Example optional modules:

  • Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease
  • The Kidney in Health and Disease
  • Membrane Trafficking

Students also complete a project in fourth year, which can be based inside or outside the lab. Lab-based projects are on a topic from your chosen specialism. Examples of projects outside the lab include:

  • extended library projects for those who want to enhance their scientific knowledge and presentation skills
  • 'Patients as Educators' projects for students who want to discuss clinical conditions with volunteer patients
  • local schools projects for students who want to gain experience of teaching





The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.