Our students 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. You'll also learn by doing, with a big chunk of your week devoted to practical sessions, and advanced research projects to challenge you once you've mastered the essentials.

Our four-year MBiolSci courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which shows that our students graduate with all the skills they need for a career in science.

Practical teaching

Throughout your course, you'll be able develop the practical science skills that every molecular bioscientist needs, under the supervision of our dedicated teaching staff.

Laboratory classes
You'll have two three-hour sessions in our dedicated teaching laboratories every week in first and second year. You'll learn how to handle equipment, design experiments and interpret data. Subjects include:

  • Immunology
  • DNA manipulation
  • Protein structure determination

Analysis classes
You'll have analysis classes every two weeks in first and second year, to help you develop the practical skills that bioscientists use outside the lab. You'll learn how to interpret findings and make calculations based on your data.

Data handling
In third year, you'll complete in-depth training on how to collect and interpret experimental data. Tasks include:

  • Reading and interpreting scientific papers
  • Interpreting data to build a hypothesis
  • Numerical calculations and interpreting them

Research projects

All of our students complete a research project in their third year. This can be an experimental science project or based around a discipline such as computing, teaching, clinical diagnostics or science communication.

Students on our MBiolSci courses will do an advanced research project in their fourth year. This can be based in one of our research laboratories, the University of Sheffield's Medical School, a local hospital or in industry at companies such as AstraZeneca or Unilever

Research projects


In lectures, you'll learn from top scientists about the facts, theories and controversies in molecular bioscience, and hear about the latest discoveries. As you go through course, you'll have more and more choice, as topics get more specialised and advanced.

Lectures are recorded so you can return to them later, and you'll have access further reading and online resources to help you deepen your understanding of each lecture topic in your own time.

You'll have 44 lectures for each module in first year, 44 for each module in second year and 18 for each module in third year, when more time will be devoted to your research project.


You'll have regular meetings with your personal tutor, either individually or in small groups. In these sessions, you'll be able to look at subjects in more detail and develop your writing, analysis and presentation skills. Your personal tutor will also help you with any issues you face during your studies and provide careers advice.