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Biomedical Science BSc

Biomedical Science

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Course description

This 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.

Our degrees all start with core subject and skills modules that provide the foundation for your studies. As you progress through your degree, you can maintain a broad biomedical theme or specialise in a theme such as physiology, cell biology, stem cells or neuroscience. Moving to a different degree course is possible, especially in the first year, and depending on your qualifications.

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.


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 directly.

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Title: Biomedical Science BSc course structure
UCAS code: B900
Years: 2021

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.

Core modules:

Introduction to Biomedical Science

This module comprises an integrated set of lectures, practical classes and tutorials designed to provide both an introduction to a wide range of topics in modern biomedical science, and also an opportunity to enhance students' practical, numerical, presentational, analytical and problem-solving skills. It will also constitute an underpinning for the Biomedical Science degree programme core Level 2 modules and Level 3 optional routes. Students will take lectures and practicals in selected areas of physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology and pathobiology. Tutorial support will enhance student's abilities in critical analysis and presentational skills.

110 credits

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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment


Our research-embedded teaching ensures you’ll gain knowledge and understanding from the forefront of biomedical science and human biology. You’ll learn through lectures, small group tutorials and workshops, practical sessions in the lab and research projects.

To support your learning, you’ll have access to a virtual learning environment with interactive course materials. You'll also have a personal tutor throughout your course, to give you advice and guidance on both academic and pastoral issues.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours


Throughout the course you will be assessed through a variety of methods, including exams, tests, presentations, coursework and practical work.

Programme specification

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Entry requirements

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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including two science subjects

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including two science subjects

A Levels + additional qualifications | ABB, including two science subjects + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including two science subjects + B in Core Maths ABB, including two science subjects + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including two science subjects + B in Core Maths

International Baccalaureate | 34, 6, 5 in two Higher Level science subjects 33, 5 in two Higher Level science subjects

BTEC | QCF - DDD in Applied Science, Medical Science or Forensic Science + Grade A in an A Level science subject is required. Specific BTEC units are required, see other requirements below; RQF - DDD in Applied Science, Medical Science or Forensic Science QCF) DDD in Applied Science, Medical Science or Forensic Science + B in an A Level science subject. Specific BTEC units are required, for further details see the link below. (RQF) no reduction

Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AAABB + AB, including two science subjects in both AABBB + AB, including two science subjects in both

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AA in two science subjects B + AB in two science subjects

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a Science Subject with 45 Level 3 credits, with 36 Credits at Distinction all in Science subjects and 9 credits at Merit. Science units can include Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and/or Physics (specific units are required). 60 credits overall in a Science Subject with 45 Level 3 credits, with 30 Credits at Distinction all in Science subjects and 15 credits at Merit. Science units can include Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and/or Physics (specific units are required).

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English language 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 4/C; 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

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • Science subjects include Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Geography. Neither Biology and Human Biology nor Mathematics and Further Mathematics are accepted in combination as the two sciences

  • Native Language accepted as third A Level

  • A Level in General Studies is not accepted

  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Biomedical Science

Biomedical students in the lab

Biosciences at Sheffield is home to over 120 lecturers who are actively involved in research at the cutting edge of their field. You'll learn from scientists who are helping to solve some of the biggest global challenges, from ageing and how to achieve lifelong health with regenerative medicine, to combating infectious diseases like Covid-19 by discovering how the virus works and reproduces.

We're a close-knit community where every student gets the support and encouragement needed to achieve their best work. Whether it’s joining one of our student-led societies and taking part in nights out, trips abroad and quizzes with lecturers, or volunteering, fundraising and organising your own events, there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

Biosciences students are based across Firth Court, the Alfred Denny, Florey and Addison buildings. We are at the heart of the University campus, adjacent to the Students' Union and just a 15-minute walk from the city centre.


Our students have access to world-class laboratory and computing resources for biological research and are trained in specialist teaching laboratories, supported by teaching assistants and our technician team.

Biosciences at Sheffield is home to state-of-the-art facilities, including super resolution light, cryo-electron and atomic force microscopy, NMR and X-ray facilities, a Biological Mass Spectrometry facility and the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility, which provides molecular genetics facilities and training to the UK science community.

We also have facilities for RNAi screening, the UK’s leading zebrafish research facility, and the Medical Teaching Unit on campus, where our students work alongside trainee medics to gain an excellent foundation for understanding human physiology and developmental biology.

Biosciences at Sheffield

Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017

Biomedical Science

1st in the UK for Medical Research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Top 5 for Biological Sciences research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Top 10 in the UK for Biological Sciences

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

100% of our placement year graduates are in graduate-level work or further study, 15 months after graduation

Graduate Outcomes 2020

Our graduates are among the UK's top ten most targeted by leading employers

High Fliers Research 2020

Graduate careers

Biomedical Science

Our courses equip students for a wide range of careers, from scientific roles to graduate schemes with top employers. Whether you want to pursue a career in science, apply your skills in industry, or continue your studies, bioscience graduates are highly sought after due to their specialist laboratory skills, ability to solve problems, handle and analyse data, and effectively communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences.

As well as progressing onto graduate medicine, a masters programme or PhD, our students secure roles in biopharmaceutical companies like GSK, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Covance, the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) and in government bodies like Public Health England.

Transferable skills are embedded and developed throughout our degrees, which means year on year many of our graduates join big employers like the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, PwC, the United Kingdom Civil Service, Unilever, Sky and Lloyds Banking. You can also apply your degree to other varied careers including forensic science, food and consumer goods research, teaching and science policy.

Student profile Joe Flannagan

What I'm doing now: my role with NHS Blood and Transplant

Joe Flannagan Now: Epidemiology Scientist, NHS Blood and Transplant

Since graduating from Biomedical Science, Joe has made use of his knowledge and skills in health science and the scientific process to progress in his career. Joe is now working as an Epidemiology Scientist and thanks his degree for helping him to get to where he is now.

Nurkaiyisah Zaal Anuar - student story

I was able to explore a topic I was genuinely interested in and learn new skills, such as data quantification using software

Nurkaiyisah Zaal Anuar Summer placement: conducting research into cancers cells and normal cells

Inspired by her first year module “Research in Biomedicine”, Nurkaiyisah spent this summer completing a Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) placement working on a project focussing on a topic that interests her, the role of extracellular matrix (ECM) internalisation in cancers cells and normal cells.

Mohamed ElGhazaly BMS

My experience and my tutors’ support are what prepared me and encouraged me to apply to a PhD in Sheffield

Mohamed ElGhazaly PhD student at the University of Sheffield

Mohamed discovered his love for research during his undergraduate degree here at Sheffield. He's now a PhD student in our department, with the aim of understanding the disease mechanisms used by Salmonella Typhi to cause global epidemics of typhoid fever.

Work experience

There are lots of opportunities to learn new skills and get the kind of life experience that makes your CV stand out. You can apply for work experience placements with multinational companies like GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and AstraZeneca. You could apply to spend part of your course abroad, at another top university. Or you could become a Science and Engineering Ambassador, working with children and young people.

Fees and funding


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