How to apply

How to apply

If you would like a place on one of our undergraduate courses, you should apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. On this page we will explain how it all works.

There is nothing to gain from applying for places on more than one degree course in this department, because we do not have separate quotas for our different courses.

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Your UCAS form

To apply for one of our courses you need to fill in a UCAS form. This becomes available online in the September before your course starts. The site also allows you to track the progress of your application.

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When you complete the application form, you'll need to enter our institution code name: SHEFD, our institution code: S18, and the course code for your chosen degree in section three.

UCAS must receive your application between 1 September and 15 January during the year before entry. If you're also applying for courses at Oxford University or Cambridge University or for courses in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, then there is an earlier closing date of 15 October.

We can usually consider late applications received by UCAS after the deadline, but we suggest that if at all possible you apply before 15 January.

Alternatively, if you are eligible you can also apply to us via UCAS Extra, which allows you to add extra courses to your application.

Application timeline

June-September: Shortlist several University Open Days. You can book online to see this department, accommodation, and all that the University of Sheffield and the city have to offer.

September-January: Finalise your choices of University and complete and submit your UCAS form. Check the UCAS course search on the UCAS website for more details and deadlines. We have some pre-application visit days for those who missed the University open days.

November-March: Once we receive your UCAS form, we’ll send you an acknowledgement and carefully review your application. If we offer you a place, you will be invited to attend an interview at a Departmental Open Day – if you are unable to attend, we will offer you a place based entirely on your UCAS form.

Early May: UCAS requires you to make firm and insurance choices for any courses for which you applied. The deadline for any applications you have made through UCAS Extra is later.

Mid-August: If you have nominated Sheffield as your first choice and you get the A-level results required for the course, your place in this department will be confirmed. If your examination results do not quite reach the standard we have specified in our offer, it is unlikely that your place will be confirmed. However you are welcome to contact us and we may consider you for any remaining places through the clearing process.

Taking a gap year?

If you are planning to take a gap year before starting your university course, you can apply for deferred entry. We will treat your application on the same basis as if you were applying for entry in the year of application. However, please note that you must meet all the conditions of our offer by 31 August in the year of application.

Help and advice

If you have any questions, please contact our admissions staff, who will be happy to help with any queries:

  • Telephone: 0114 222 2740
  • Fax: 0114 22 2787
  • Email:
  • Post: MBB Admissions Tutors, Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN