Molecular bioscience is a practical subject, so we make sure that you have all the space and equipment you need to develop the skills of a professional scientist. Our department is based in the historic home of the University of Sheffield, Firth Court, which hosts research laboratories, lecture theatres and teaching rooms. From the Firth Court quad, you can also access the dedicated teaching laboratories in the Perak Building. It's all just across the road from the Students' Union.

Teaching laboratories

During your degree you'll spend a lot of time in our dedicated teaching facility, the Perak Building. Our large purpose-built teaching lab is equipped with specialist scientific equipment, including PCR machines for replicating DNA sequences, spectrophotometers for biochemical analyses, electrophoresis apparatus for examining DNA, nanodrop equipment for studying nucleic acids, centrifuges, microscopes and tablets.

Teaching lab

Lecture and tutorial spaces

Lectures take place in Firth Court and other lecture theatres across the University campus, close to the accommodation and Students' Union. They are recorded so you can return to them later. You'll also have small group teaching sessions in our seminar rooms and staff offices, so you can look at problems more closely, and there are meeting rooms you can book to work on group projects with other students.


Research facilities

If you do one of the lab-based projects in third year, you'll be embedded in one of our world-class research groups, with access to the state-of-the-art specialist equipment used by professional researchers.

If you do one of our MBiolSci degrees, you can be based in one of our research groups for the majority of your fourth year too. Alternatively, you can complete your project in industry or at a local hospital. Past students have gone to companies including AstraZeneca and Unilever.

Research lab

Independent study spaces

Bookable computers are available in the department. There are also 1,600 computers available through the University's library services, including at The Diamond and the Information Commons which are open to all students 24/7. The University of Sheffield's state-of-the-art library services were voted joint first in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.

The Diamond