Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code B909
Duration 4 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Biomedical Science Medicine Physiology Biology Developmental and Cell Biology Neurosciences Cell Biology

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Undergraduate Admissions
Department of Biomedical Science
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2319

Department of Biomedical Science

1st in the UK for medical research excellence
Research Excellence Framework 2014

7th in the UK for biological sciences
The Times Good University Guide 2019

Top 5 for biological research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

You'll study everything from the gene to whole body systems. We want you to graduate with a thorough understanding of the genetic and molecular processes that underpin the development, structure and function of the human body in health and disease.

The first two years give you a grounding in the molecular and cellular basis of life. You will carry out human dissection, supervised by a member of staff.

In the third year, we expect you to be more independent. You'll have the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you, for example medical sciences, molecular physiology, neuroscience, developmental biology and pharmacology. We ask for more critical thinking from you at this level and a better understanding of existing research. You will also complete a research project of your own.

The fourth year focuses on developing your research skills. You'll work on an extended project in a research laboratory. You'll also explore areas such as ethics, the law and the public understanding of science.

If you want to study biomedical science, but don't meet the entry requirements to go straight into the first year, our Biosciences with a Foundation Year could be for you. After successfully completing the one-year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of your chosen degree.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA, including two science subjects
A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including two sciences + A in a relevant EPQ; AAB, including two sciences + A in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in two Higher Level science subjects
BTEC D*DD in Applied Science, Medical Science or Forensic Science. Grade A in an A Level science subject is required. Specific BTEC units are required - for further details see: Reformed: D*DD in Applied Science, Medical Science or Forensic Science
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3, including two science subjects
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA, including two science subjects in both
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA in two science subjects
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Science subjects include Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Geography or Psychology
  • A Level General Studies is not accepted
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Biomedical Science website

First year

Core modules:

Introduction to Biomedical Science

Second year

Optional modules:

Advanced concepts in cell & developmental biology
Advanced concepts in molecular physiology
Introduction to Human Anatomy
Biology of Stem Cells, Ageing and Cancer
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
Developmental Neurobiology
Introduction to Human Anatomy (Part A)
Neural circuits, behaviour and memory
Physiology & Pharmacology of Cells

Third year

Optional modules:

Laboratory Research Project
Library Project - Autumn Semester
Patients as Educators Project
Forensic Anatomy
Neuroscience Techniques
Bioinformatics for Biomedical Science
Biological Basis of Brain Disease 1: Neurodegeneration
Biomedical Technology and Drug Development
Cancer Biology
Cardiovascular Pharmacology: personalising medicine
Developmental Neurobiology
Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease
Group Research Initiatives
Membrane Receptors
Membrane Trafficking
Modelling Human Disease and Dysfunction
Molecular Physiology of Ion Channels and Human Disease
Pharmacological Techniques
Pharmacology of Respiratory Disease
Principles of Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering
Sensory Neuroscience
Stem Cell Biology
The Kidney in Health and Disease

Fourth year

Core modules:

Laboratory Research Project
Retrieval and Evaluation of Research Information
Critical Analysis of Current Science
Ethics, the Law and Public Awareness of Science

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 18%
Independent study 83%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 58%
Coursework 34%
Practical 8%

Department of Biomedical Science

You'll be taught by leading scientists who are respected experts in their chosen fields. Cutting-edge research takes place in our department, and there are opportunities for you to get involved.

Our research-led teaching ensures you'll gain knowledge and understanding from the forefront of modern biology. The extensive research infrastructure, including advanced microscopy and sophisticated molecular screening facilities, is integrated into our teaching.

The timetable is a mixture of lectures, practical classes, projects and tutorials. To enhance your experience, there's a virtual learning environment with interactive course materials. Throughout your course, you'll have a personal tutor to give you advice and guidance.

Department of Biomedical Science website

What our graduates do

Many are employed in the biomedical research, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Others choose further study, completing PhDs and masters courses in the biosciences, or study in areas such as medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy and teaching. Our students have also gone on to careers in the scientific civil service, the NHS, the software sector, Medical communication and management. Others have launched their own businesses.

Student profile

Our lecturers are leading experts in their fields. Their research is helping fight disease and save lives. You'll have the opportunity to carry out human dissection, supervised by a member of staff. We also have a forensic anatomy module where you get the chance to do facial reconstruction and DNA fingerprinting experiments.

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