Students at the Medical School

Medicine and orthoptics for undergraduates

Choose medicine and you'll choose perhaps the most fulfilling profession of all. Every day you'll make lives better. Over time you'll save lives too. The work you do is completely hands-on, the decisions you take critical. It's demanding work – but the rewards are immense.

Choose Sheffield and you'll get the perfect preparation for your medical career. You'll be part of a faculty where excellence and innovation are the norm. You'll be part of a university famed for its sense of community and practical, down-to-earth attitude – as well as world-class teaching and research.


Medical students at Sheffield

Join the best, become the best

The Medical School was set up in 1828 and became part of the University of Sheffield in 1905. So we've been around long enough to know our stuff. In 2011 we were named Times Higher Education University of the Year. We're also placed in the UK's top ten universities and the world's top 100 by some of the most authoritative international rankings.

We're one of the best, but we're not a stuffy, elitist institution. The Medical School is a place where you'll be welcomed warmly. But we choose our students carefully – students who we think have what it takes to become the best doctors and orthoptists there are. And then we offer plenty of support along the way. Join us and you'll get personal and academic guidance from your personal tutor throughout your time here.


A place to belong to

So we're a medical school that's small enough to care. You'll never be just a name on a spreadsheet. You'll be one of us. But you'll be part of something bigger – a university and a city buzzing with ideas and opportunity. A community where people care about each other, and never stop trying to make things better.

A superb department of medicine, in a world-class university, in a wonderful city. And that's just the start.

Why you'll love the University
Why you'll love Sheffield


Straight to the frontline

Every medical school says they'll help you become a great clinician. But at Sheffield we believe being a great clinician doesn't just mean knowing all the facts. It means speaking, listening and empathising with patients. So our students are schooled in the social and communicative aspects of medical training as well as the hard facts and the latest research and techniques.

At some universities, medical students are kept at arm's length from actual clinical practice until later on in their degree. Not at Sheffield. You'll be involved in real healthcare situations from an early stage. And if you take our MBChB medical degree you'll undertake full body dissections.

We teach like this because we know you need this sort of experience to become the best that you can be. We won't hide you away from the frontline. We'll take you right there.


Medical student measuring blood pressure

The MBChB medical degree

Want to be a doctor? This five-year course gives you intensive training in the key aspects of the profession. You'll cover medical science and clinical practice in an environment rich in discovery and cutting-edge research. An emphasis on 'hands-on' medicine means you'll become an excellent communicator, trusted by patients and respected by colleagues.

After your course you'll be ready to go to work as a foundation doctor. Next you could become a GP or a hospital consultant, specialising in anything from endocrinology to plastic surgery, from anaesthetics to urology.

Alternatively you might pursue a career in NHS management, medical journalism or the pharmaceutical industry, or carry out further medical research.

More about the MBChB medical degree

Orthoptics students in a seminar

The BMedSci orthoptic degree

Orthoptists investigate, diagnose and manage visual defects and disorders of eye movement. This three-year course explores the science behind eyesight and gives you clinical experience with placements across the UK, Ireland and Gibraltar. You'll also learn about medical ethics and the workings of the National Health Service, as well as conducting research on a topic of your choice.

Our graduates work with patients of all ages in hospital orthoptic clinics, health centres and schools for children with special needs. Others go on to postgraduate research into orthoptics.

The degree is recognised worldwide, so you could go on to work abroad.

More about the BMedSci orthoptic degree

Immersed in research

Learn your profession at Sheffield and you'll be based in a busy teaching hospital, and in a department and faculty immersed in stimulating research. Only recently we've seen innovations in cancer research and bacteriology and established SITraN – our cutting-edge centre for neuroscience. Soon we'll be opening Britain's first ever National Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence.

Work like this impacts tangibly on people's lives every day. It's one more reason why Sheffield medical graduates are among the best and wisest practitioners there are.

Our research departments
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health


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A beautiful environment

We've also invested £4.5million on a massive refurbishment to make your learning environment even better.

The Medical School centres around a superb open-plan social learning hub, where you can meet other students or staff to discuss your work or just unwind over a coffee.

We've rebuilt the Health Sciences Library too, giving you a beautiful new space perfectly fashioned for your study and research needs.


Sheffield medical students on a hospital ward

Need to know more?

  • Want to study abroad? Our programme of electives (the periods medical students spend learning away from their 'home' medical school) gives you the chance to live and learn at a variety of locations across the UK and around the world. It's a great educational opportunity and unforgettable life experience.
  • Join us and you'll earn a degree from the 2011 Times Higher Education University of the Year. Find out more about how we won this prestigious award and what it means for you.
  • With more than 1,200 members, the Medical Society is the biggest student-run society at Sheffield. MedSoc offers guest lectures, welfare support, help choosing your elective, legendary social events and even a buddy scheme to help you settle in.
  • Through our amazing Dream Bigger Dreams programme, our students help to inspire local school pupils from a wide range of backgrounds to consider careers in medicine. It's a great way of giving something back to the community.
  • Sheffield's Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme (SOAMS) is another of our initiatives to make medicine a career open to all. The scheme offers a way in for talented young people who wouldn't normally consider going to university.
  • Students have a say in how the Medical School is run. We welcome your feedback on all aspects of your teaching – helping us to make your experience with us even better and more fulfilling.
  • If you take our MBChB medical degree you can choose to take a year out and study for a masters degree in research, medical sciences, public health or law. It'll enrich your studies and give you even broader options later in your career.
  • The Students' Union at Sheffield is an amazing base for your social life and personal support. It's been named the best in the UK by the Club Mirror awards 2007, NUS awards 2008, Times Higher Education Survey 2009 and 2010 and Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2011.