Courses

Molecular bioscience courses

Our degree programmes are based around three main subject areas: Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology. Our Molecular Biology degrees combine all three.

All of our courses are available as a three-year BSc degree, or a four-year MBiolSci degree that comes with an extra year of research training. They all follow the same course structure:

Course structure

Choose a subject below to find out more about degrees in that discipline, and click on a course title to access individual course content via the University of Sheffield's online prospectus.

Spend a year on a work placement as part of your course:

Can't decide? Freedom and flexibility

All of our courses have the same first year and the content of the other years is based on the same range of molecular bioscience modules. All students attend the same practical sessions in our teaching laboratories, and take part in tutorials and many other parts of their course together.

This means that, no matter which degree title you start with in first year, you will have the freedom to branch out into other subjects that interest you, and the flexibility to graduate with a different degree title, reflecting the specialisms you chose in second and third year.

If you know you want to apply to Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield, but aren't sure which course to put on your UCAS form, simply choose the degree title that best matches your interests right now. It will be easy to change your degree title to a different one during your programme of study.


Biochemistry courses

Biochemistry is about the nature of the chemical constituents of living cells, and how these constituents regulate life processes. On these courses, you'll study the structures and functions of biological systems at the molecular level.

You can choose a course that focusses mainly on biochemistry, or on biochemistry in combination with another molecular bioscience subject. The four-year MBiolSci courses come with an extra year of research training. Choose a course title to access individual course content via the University of Sheffield's online prospectus.

BSc courses

Typical offer: AAA-AAB
Length: Three years

Biochemistry
UCAS code: C700

Biochemistry + Genetics
UCAS code: CC74

Biochemistry + Microbiology
UCAS code: CC75

Biochemistry
+ Molecular Cell Biology

UCAS code: C790

Medical Biochemistry
UCAS code: C741

MBiolSci courses

Typical offer: AAA-AAB
Length: Four years

Biochemistry
UCAS code: C709

Biochemistry + Genetics
UCAS code: CC7C

Biochemistry + Microbiology
UCAS code: CC79

Biochemistry
+ Molecular Cell Biology

UCAS code: C791

Medical Biochemistry
UCAS code: C749

Course structure

How to apply

Other degrees in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology:

See also:

International students
Don't meet our entry requirements? Foundation Years at our International College


Genetics courses

Genetics is about heredity and variation in all organisms, from microbes to humans. On these courses, you'll study the way DNA programmes cells to manufacture the components needed for growth and reproduction, and how it determines the differences in phenotype among individuals and populations.

You can choose a course that focusses mainly on genetics, or on genetics in combination with another molecular bioscience subject. The four-year MBiolSci courses come with an extra year of research training. Choose a course title to access individual course content via the University of Sheffield's online prospectus.

BSc courses

Typical offer: AAA-AAB
Length: Three years

Genetics
UCAS code: C400

Genetics + Microbiology
UCAS code: CC45

Genetics
+ Molecular Cell Biology

UCAS code: CC47

Medical Genetics
UCAS code: C431

Biochemistry + Genetics
UCAS code: CC74

MBiolSci courses

Typical offer: AAA-AAB
Length: Four years

Genetics
UCAS code: C409

Genetics + Microbiology
UCAS code: CC4C

Genetics
+ Molecular Cell Biology

UCAS code: CC4R

Medical Genetics
UCAS code: C433

Biochemistry + Genetics
UCAS code: CC7C

Course structure

How to apply

Other degrees in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology:

See also:

International students
Don't meet our entry requirements? Foundation Years at our International College


Microbiology courses

Microbiology is about organisms that exist as single cells or cell clusters – each one is able to carry out its life processes independently of other cells. On these courses, you'll study all aspects (including biochemistry, ecology and pathogenesis) of these organisms, and investigate their involvement in diseases, natural biochemical cycles and biotechnology.

You can choose a course that focusses mainly on microbiology, or on microbiology in combination with another molecular bioscience subject. The four-year MBiolSci courses come with an extra year of research training. Choose a course title to access individual course content via the University of Sheffield's online prospectus.

BSc courses

Typical offer: AAA-AAB
Length: Three years

Microbiology
UCAS code: C500

Medical Microbiology
UCAS code: C521

Biochemistry + Microbiology
UCAS code: CC75

Genetics + Microbiology
UCAS code: CC45

MBiolSci courses

Typical offer: AAA-AAB
Length: Four years

Microbiology
UCAS code: C509

Medical Microbiology
UCAS code: C523

Biochemistry + Microbiology
UCAS code: CC79

Genetics + Microbiology
UCAS code: CC4C

Course structure

How to apply

Other degrees in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology:

See also:

International students
Don't meet our entry requirements? Foundation Years at our International College


Molecular Biology

On our Molecular Biology courses, you'll study topics from Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology. These courses have the biggest range of modules for students to choose from, reflecting the growing need for molecular bioscientists who understand how these disciplines interact.

The four-year MBiolSci courses comes with an extra year of research training. Choose a course to find out more via the University of Sheffield's online prospectus.

BSc course

Typical offer: AAA-AAB
Length: Three years

Molecular Biology
UCAS code: C440

MBiolSci course

Typical offer: AAA-AAB
Length: Four years

Molecular Biology
UCAS code: C449

Course structure

How to apply

Other degrees in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology:

See also:

International students
Don't meet our entry requirements? Foundation Years at our International College


Degree with Employment Experience

You could spend a year on a work placement as part of your course. Complete your placement successfully and we amend your degree title to reflect your experience, for instance: BSc Biochemistry with Employment Experience.

Our students have done their placements at companies in the pharmaceutical industry, such as GSK, and the consumer goods business, such as Unilever.

Jenny, pictured, spent a year working at biotechnology company Kirkstall Ltd. She helped organise an international conference, developing project management skills that employers value.

Degree with Employment Experience

Jenny Bishop

My knowledge of cell culture and biological systems has been very important for my placement... I can confidently talk with researchers using our system about their experiments and results.

Jenny Bishop, BSc Molecular Biology with Employment Experience

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