Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code B911
Duration 5 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
Email bmsadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/biosciences/undergraduate/courses/biomedical-science

Department of Biomedical Science

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

Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction
National Student Survey 2019

Top 10 in the UK for biological sciences
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Course description

This course is designed for students who want to pursue a career in industrial or academic research. You'll do a year-long, paid work placement as part of your degree and earn a salary whilst doing it. When you return to Sheffield, the majority of your fourth year will be devoted to a major research project allowing you to develop advanced laboratory skills.

The course covers everything from the gene to whole-body systems, including cell and molecular biology, genetics, physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, developmental biology, neuroscience and systems biology. We're proud to be one of only a few universities in the UK to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to perform full-body cadaveric dissection, providing you with an excellent foundation for understanding human physiology and developmental biology.

All of our students take compulsory modules designed to give you specialist knowledge of biomedical science and the essential skills that every professional scientist needs. As you progress through your degree, optional modules will allow you to specialise in the areas that interest you the most, from physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience to developmental and cell biology, stem cells and cancer.

In your first year, you'll cover the basic concepts and skills that biomedicine is based on. In practical lab sessions, you'll learn the scientific research techniques that you'll use throughout your degree. You'll have lectures and take part in small group tutorials where you'll be introduced to the latest research findings from our world-leading academics and you'll also have the opportunity to share knowledge and benefit from others' expertise through optional peer-assisted study sessions.

In your second year, you'll begin exploring more advanced scientific techniques, both in the lab and in lectures, with topics including molecular physiology and cell and developmental biology. Many students choose to take our 'Introduction to Human Anatomy' module where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the human body by performing cadaveric dissection.

In your third year, you'll return from placement and complete a research project alongside your chosen specialist modules. If you choose to be lab-based, you'll be embedded in one of our research groups, working within a team to conduct and report research findings. If you choose to undertake your project in a non-laboratory setting, you could complete an extended library project, gain experience of teaching in local schools, or even join the "Patients as Educators" scheme to interact with and discuss clinical conditions with patient volunteers.

In your fourth year, the majority of your time will be devoted to a major research project designed to equip you with the advanced laboratory skills you'll need for a successful and rewarding career in science. You'll be embedded within one of our specialist research groups, conducting independent research and interacting with academics and lab staff as a professional scientist.

If you want to study biomedical science but don't meet the entry requirements to go straight into the first year, our Biosciences with 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: www.sheffield.ac.uk/bms/entry-btec. 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
Epigenetics
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

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
Epigenetics
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

Fifth 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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 13%
Independent study 67%
Placement 20%

Assessment
Exams/tests 36%
Coursework 50%
Practical 14%

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

Our graduates go on to make a difference in all sorts of ways. Many of them use their scientific skills and specialist knowledge to work in biomedical research, biotechnology or the pharmaceutical industry for large organisations such as GSK and Pfizer. Some do a PhD, or go on to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

Our graduates are also successful in areas as diverse as journalism, medical sales, the software sector, management and administration. Some have even set up 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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Department of Biomedical Science
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2319
Email bmsadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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