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As a biomedical science student, you'll learn in lots of different ways. In lectures, top scientists will introduce you to key concepts and the latest research findings, and in small group tutorials, you'll work through scientific problems and increase your analytical abilities with supportive academic staff, it's no wonder we're ranked top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction (Subjects allied to medicine, National Student Survey 2019).

You'll also learn by doing, with a big chunk of your week devoted to practical sessions, and research projects to work on once you've learned the essentials. This is designed to give you lots of hands-on skills and experience to put on your CV.

Excellence in teaching

All of our staff are committed to great teaching. Several have been given awards from the University of Sheffield, or have earned professional recognition for the innovative and engaging ways they have helped students learn biomedical science.

University of Sheffield Senate Awards for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

  • Professor Matthew Holley
  • Dr Lauren Buck
  • Dr Louise Robson
  • Dr Katherine Linehan

Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

  • Dr Gordon Cooper
  • Dr Katherine Linehan
  • Dr Louise Robson

Our commitment to excellence in teaching

Laboratory work

A good chunk of your time is spent in the lab. You'll examine diseases from their basis in cells and genes, right up to whole body systems and human dissection. We have some of the best labs in the country for you to practice core scientific skills.

Research projects

You'll start developing research skills from the start of your degree, working towards a group research project in third year. Working in a team of scientists, you'll go from a concept, through all the practical and analytical stages, to produce a written report of your findings.

You'll do much more of this in your final year if you take one of our MBiomedSci degrees. Then you'll work even more closely with experienced researchers as you complete an major independent research project.

Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience
Each year undergraduates can apply to join the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience scheme. This gives you a bursary to spend around 10 weeks working with one of our department's research groups over the summer break. You'll be able to get first-hand experience of major research projects and can even lead to your name appearing in an academic journal.


A big part of University education, but far from the only part. Top academics will teach you essential concepts based on the latest medical studies and fundamental biological principles. It's all backed up with online resources for you to use at home.

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Your personal tutor is there to guide and support you through your degree. Regular one-on-one meetings can cover any topics you need help getting to grips with, and are a good place to start planning your next steps, during and after your degree.

Human anatomy

Cadaveric dissection

The University of Sheffield is one of only a few universities in the UK to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to perform cadaveric dissection. Dissection classes in second year cover the location and relationship of structures within the thorax, limbs, abdomen, pelvis and head. They're taught in the University's dedicated Medical Teaching Unit.

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Forensic anatomy

Third year students can apply their anatomical knowledge to forensic science. You can learn how experts can determine a person's cause of death and identity, covering topics including facial reconstruction, forensic anthropology, DNA fingerprinting and weapons analysis.

Facial reconstruction demonstrators Daheen and Dan dissect the forensics behind Sherlock and Silent Witness.

Organ donation project

Dr Lauren Buck leads this project, where groups of students work together to come up with innovative ways to promote organ donation. Our students get support from medical professionals and marketing experts along the way, as they apply their scientific knowledge to a real world problem. It's a great chance to get lots of new skills to put on your CV.

Teaching - organ donation project

Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr X

For an insight into some of our teaching, you can take our anatomy tutor Dr Katherine Linehan's online course, which is based on a real-life mystery of a body in a bag. You'll learn from the experts who worked to determine the identity of Mr. X, and discover the forensic science techniques that were used to identify the body and understand the circumstances surrounding their death.

Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr. X

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.