Course details

A Levels AAA-AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code C433
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Biomedical Science Medicine Biology Developmental and Cell Biology Medical Genetics Genetics

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Principal Admissions Tutor
Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2740
Email mbb@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/mbb/prospectiveug

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

96% overall student satisfaction
Molecular Biology Biophysics and Biochemistry
National Student Survey 2016

1st in the UK for medically related research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Top 100 in the world for biological science
QS World Rankings 2016

Course description

Our Medical Genetics degree provides a broad grounding in genetics and the other molecular biosciences, together with a range of advanced modules that focus on topics of medical relevance.

In the first year, you'll take a broad-based programme that covers a range of areas in the molecular biosciences. At the end of the first year, before you specialise in years two and three, you're free to transfer between any of the courses in the department. You're not tied to the degree you originally registered for.

In the second year, you'll study your chosen subjects in more depth and develop your practical skills. In the third year there is a practical project. This could involve laboratory research, computing, clinical diagnostics, science communication, or school teaching, depending on your career aspirations.

You can graduate after three years with a BSc degree, or you can choose the optional fourth year, which leads to an MBiolSci qualification. The four-year MBiolSci has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology, has more focus on laboratory skills, and includes an extensive research project, which can be based in a university or industrial lab. You can transfer in either direction between the three and four-year course during years one to three.

This course is one of a range of courses in the molecular biosciences offered by the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

Modules: what you study and when

Accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

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–AAB including two science subjects. Chemistry required at A Level or as an additional AS Level
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including AB from two science subjects + B. Chemistry required at A Level or as an additional AS Level. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36-34, 6 in two Higher Level science subjects including Chemistry
BTEC DD in Applied Science + A Level grade A in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Psychology ) + interview
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 - D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and another science subject
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB+AA - AAABB+AB including Chemistry and another science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA-B+AA in Chemistry and another science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Psychology
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
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.

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology website

First year

Core modules:

Practical Molecular Bioscience 1
Biochemistry
Genetics
Microbiology
Molecular Biology

Second year

Core modules:

Practical Molecular Bioscience 2
Biochemistry 2
Genetics 2
Molecular Bioscience 2A
Molecular Bioscience 2B

Third year

Core modules:

Project
Biochemical Basis of Human Disease
Genetics Data Handling
Genome Stability and Genetic Change
Human Reproduction and Fertility
Literature Review
Molecular Immunology
The Genetics of Human Disease

Optional modules:

Biochemical Signalling
Evolutionary Genetics
Genetics of Cell Growth and Division
Genomic Science
The RNA World

Fourth year

Core modules:

Advanced Literature Review
Advanced Research Topics
Introduction to Research Methodology

Optional modules:

Extended Laboratory Project
Project in Industry

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 34%
Independent study 66%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 54%
Coursework 36%
Practical 10%

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

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We offer courses in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and microbiology, plus several dual honours courses. Whatever you choose, you'll learn through a combination of lectures, practicals, project work and tutorials.

We will show you how to handle equipment, interpret data, design experiments and work in a team.

We keep tutorial groups small, to make sure everyone gets the support they need. You'll be assigned a personal tutor, who will be your advisor on academic and personal matters throughout your course.

We're rated number one in the UK for medically related research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The QS World University Rankings 2016 place us in the top 100 in the world for biological sciences.

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology website

What our graduates do

Many of our graduates are employed in pharmaceuticals and health care, food safety and manufacture, brewing and agrochemicals, forensic science and as NHS scientists. They also work in education, the scientific civil service, bioinformatics or medical schools. Others use their skills in management and commerce. Many choose further study and go on to do research for organisations all over the world.

Student profile


Jason Brocklesby - Biochemistry and Genetics

"The module choices allow you to be specific to a particular field such as biochemistry or to gain a broader knowledge across several fields such as genetics and molecular cell biology."

Jason Brocklesby ,
Undergraduate

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