Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code B991
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Biomedical Science Health and Human Sciences Nursing Public Health

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2069
Email e.whitton@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/snm/undergraduate-courses

Course description

By studying Health and Society you'll develop expertise in a range of fields related to some of the most pressing, important and challenging public health issues of our time.

You'll be challenged to explore questions such as:

Why do richer people live longer, healthier lives?
Why do some public health initiatives worsen health inequalities?
How can we use research evidence to inform health policy?
How can psychology help us understand people's behaviours?
How is a social model of health different to a medical model?

During your three years of study, you'll focus on five core themes: health systems, organisation and delivery; determinants of health and wellbeing; understanding and promoting relationships; evaluating and using information and evidence; biology and the body.

You'll be taught and supported throughout the course by a team of dedicated academics. Our teaching team includes experts in the fields of public health, health care delivery, leadership and management, health psychology, sociology, social policy, biology and biosciences.

In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to gain vital work experience in an area that reflects your career aspirations, by undertaking a professional work placement. This placement could be in an organisation related to public health, health policy, health management, social care and other related areas.

You might choose to carry out your placement in a clinical healthcare setting, such as midwifery, radiography or A&E. Alternatively, you could work on a real-life research project in a partnership with an academic or as part of a research group.

Whichever placement option you choose, we'll help you develop the professional skills you need for your chosen career.

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 BBB
International Baccalaureate 32
BTEC DDM in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AABBB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • 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 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in Speaking, Reading, Listening and 6.5 in Writing; 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.

School of Nursing and Midwifery website

First year

Core modules:

Introduction to Epidemiology
Health Inequalities
Making use of Information
Organisation of Modern Health Care
Sociological Approaches to Health and Illness
Studying in Higher Education
The Body in Health 1
The Body in Health 2

Optional modules:

Health Promotion
User expectations of health and social care

Second year

Core modules:

Communication in Health Care
Research Methods and Paradigms
Health Care Management
Health Psychology
Making Sense of Health Policy
The Body in Illness

Optional modules:

Physiology of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Ageing, Health and Wellbeing
Biography and narrative in palliative, supportive and end of life care

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation

Optional modules:

Current and Future Challenges in Health and Social Care
Ethics in Practice
Health and Human Sciences Placement
Maastricht University Study Placement
The Biomedical Basis of Disease Management

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.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has a reputation for world-leading research. That research feeds into our teaching.

Our school is part of the University's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health. We're based in Glossop Road, just outside the city centre, close to the Medical School and the Hallamshire Hospital, five minutes' walk from the main campus.

School of Nursing and Midwifery website

What our graduates do

B740 BMedSci Nursing (Adult)
Our course lays the foundations for professional nursing practise. You will develop your knowledge in the art and science of nursing and understanding health.

Our graduates are passionate about improving people's lives. They join the healthcare professions, healthcare management, research, community project coordination, patient advocacy and health education.

If you want to go into nursing, midwifery or professions such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy or speech therapy, this course is a good basis for further training at postgraduate level.

B991 BMedSci Health and Human Sciences / BSc Health and Society
When you graduate from this course, you'll be passionate about improving people's lives and the health of the population. You might pursue a career in public health, healthcare management, health research, health policy or in a range of other areas.

You might also do postgraduate training in a specific health profession, such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, nursing and other frontline roles.

Student profile


Princess Dakeipiri - BMedSci Health and Human Sciences

The course is really versatile and you can use it to progress to any medical related course... the most exciting part of the course has been playing the role of a GP by looking at medical case studies, carrying out research and coming up with diagnosis for the patients.

Princess Dakeipiri ,
Undergraduate

During the third year of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to apply to spend a semester at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Studying abroad is an opportunity to further broaden your horizons, experience another culture, and study health and social care related issues in a different setting, alongside other European students.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2069
Email e.whitton@sheffield.ac.uk

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