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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)/MSci

Biomedical Science

Gain a fundamental knowledge of how the body works – and what happens when it goes wrong.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? B940
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Gain the skills and knowledge required to become a biomedical scientist.
  • Apply the latest biological science to fields such as medical diagnosis of disease and illness.
  • Research the causes and treatment of disease.
  • Choose to transfer onto the MSci qualification.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad — with the possibility of Erasmus funding available for European placements.

Gain a broad-based education in biomedical sciences, its application and an insight into the impact of biomedical science within the clinical setting and scientific industry.

Optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at students wanting to pursue a career in research and is suitable for students who achieve good results during years one and two of the BSc route.

Student View
Watch student Harriet Hamber-Stott talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Laura Cole talk about this course.

You experience a vibrant, challenging and supportive range of learning activities as you progress through the course. The overall aim of the programme is to give you sound preparation for a career in biomedical science.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops
  • laboratory classes
  • mini-projects
  • work placements

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Anne-Marie Harrison
Anne-Marie Harrison
Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Science

Senior Lecturer

Laura Cole
Laura Cole
Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Laura is Course Leader of the BSc Biomedical Science Course and fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. We have excellent links with a range of NHS hospitals such as Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Rotherham General Hospital and organisations such as Hammersmith Medical.

There are also placement opportunities for those interested in a career in industry or research, for example at Abbot Diagnostics, University of Sheffield research laboratories or Quotient Bioresearch. If you study abroad or do your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Networking opportunities

We have extra-curricular career-focused activities such as careers and job fairs, employer events, mentoring schemes, internship opportunities, volunteering and leadership awards.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • academic research
  • the industrial biotechnology sector
  • heath services
  • medicine
  • clinical trials research

Some students go on to gain postgraduate degrees or PhD courses.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • the NHS


This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBS) and approved as a preliminary qualification for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration with the HCPC is required for employment as a biomedical scientist in hospital laboratories.

If you are employed in an approved NHS training laboratory and complete appropriate training, the IBS can assess you for a Certificate of Competence. This with your honours degree, means you can register with the HCPC after you graduate.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry-standard instrumentation
  • high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and tissue culture

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 120

From A levels (including grade C in Biology) or equivalent BTEC national qualifications in Applied Science to include suitable biology modules. The study of Chemistry is useful, but not essential. We do not accept General Studies. We will consider a combination of qualification types.

  • BBB at A Level including A level Biology.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science DDM (please list units on your application).
    BTEC Diploma in Applied Science D*D with relevant biology modules (please list units on your application) alongside other level 3 study.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C
  • Maths at grade C

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

* GCSE English and mathematics equivalent

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If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Bioanalytical Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Humans: Genes, Anatomy And Physiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Biomedical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biomedical Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Genes To Proteins, Biochemistry In Action Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Immunology And Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pathological Basis Of Disease Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Blood Sciences Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cellular Pathology And Infection Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Bioethics And Bioinformatics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Bioethics And Human Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Bioinformatics And Human Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Neurobiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Pharmacology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/2022 are £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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