Suggested Textbooks

We recognise the pressures on the finances of new students so we have tried to reduce the number of textbooks suggested for purchase to a minimum. We consult closely with Blackwell’s University Bookshop in Sheffield and the prices given below are the most recent prices we have from them. They aim to beat Amazon and other on-line retailers so the prices could vary.

Highly Recommended Textbooks:

Medical Physiology (3rd  Edition) Boron, W and Boulpaep, E. Publ. Saunders. (£55.99) ISBN:9781455743773

Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. (3rd Edition). Bear, M., Connors, B., Paradiso, M. Publ. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. (£34.00).

Pharmacology (8th Edition) Rang H. et al Publ. Churchill Livingstone. (£37.50)

Molecular Biology of the Cell (6th Edition). Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K. and Walters, P.  Publ. Garland. Value pack from Blackwells includes the Problems Book (£83.00).

Principles of Development. (5th Ed.) Wolpert, L. And Tickle C.. Publ. Oxford University Press. 2011. 9780199678143. Good for Level 1 and 2 developmental biology (£38.00 at Blackwells).

These books are quite advanced and may look daunting to a first year student, however they are intended to be used for several modules in Level 1 and Level 2, with lasting benefit into Level 3 even though emphasis shifts to primary source material e.g. journal articles. We hope that these purchases will be the most cost-effective for you.

Recommended Textbooks:

The following is a non-exhaustive list of the “handy to have” books.

Cell Biology. Pollard, T.D. and Earnshaw. Publ. W.C. Saunders. 2nd Edition. ISBN 9781416022558. A less threatening alternative to Alberts, but may lack depth for Levels 2 and 3. Some cell biology lecturers use images from here. (£50-60)

Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences (4th Edition).  Reed, R., Holmes, D., Weyers, J. and Jones, A. Publ. Longman Press. ISBN 9781408245521 (£32.00). Referred to quite a lot in Level 1 practicals.


Essential Developmental Biology. Slack, J. Publ. Blackwell Science, 2012.  3rd ed ISBN 9780470923511. Not as widely used as Wolpert, but covers useful ground and some lecturers may prefer it for some aspects of Level 1 and Level 2 modules. (£63.00)

Basic Pathology: An Introduction to the Mechanisms of Disease. (5th Edition). Lakhani, S., Dilly, S., Finlayson, C. and Dogan, A. Publ. Hodder Arnold, 2009. ISBN 9781482264197. Really well written book that will be the basis for pathobiology lectures in Level 1 but it isn’t used on other BMS modules. (£30.00)

Level 2+ books

In addition, students with a particular interest in Neuroscience should consider purchasing the following.

Building Brains: An Introduction to Neural Development. By Price, D.J., Jarman,

A.P., Mason, J.O. and Kind, P.C. Publ. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-470-71229-0.

Used for BMS270 and should be useful for BMS381. (£35)

In addition, Dr. Linehan highly recommends the following for L2 and 3 anatomy

Anatomy and Physiology Revealed DVD/app and accompanying workbook. A special price has been agreed for this at Sheffield Blackwells

In addition, Dr. Roehl highly recommends the following for BMS238

The Molecular Biology of the Cell Problems Book.