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BSc (Honours)/MSci Biomedical Science

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Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)/MSci

Biomedical Science

Gain an understanding of human disease at the molecular, cell and whole-body level, and learn how diseases are diagnosed and treated.


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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 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 2022
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Develop the skills and knowledge required to become an accredited biomedical scientist.
  • Apply the latest research and advances in technology to understanding, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • Undertake a research project in an area of your choice.
  • Take the opportunity to apply for a year long placement where you will apply your knowledge and skills to a working situation.
  • Transfer to the MSci route for a specialist year of research intensive study working alongside our internationally recognised researchers.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of biomedical science and its application in medicine, research and the scientific industry. This is an academically challenging course which will develop your practical and digital skills preparing you for a career as a graduate scientist.


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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.


All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Through the study of modules such as human physiology and anatomy and cell biology and biochemistry you will gain an in-depth understanding of the human body. Modules including pathological science and biomedical investigations will then teach you about diseases and the latest techniques that are used in their diagnosis.

With a strong focus on employability throughout you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills desired by graduate science-sector employers or postgraduate education providers.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars (including specialist lectures from industry professionals) 
  • interactive workshops
  • practical laboratory work
  • project work
  • supported work placements (optional)
  • small group academic tutorials

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 apply for a year-long placement between your second and third year. 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, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and organisations such as Hammersmith Medical.

There are also placement opportunities with our industrial partners such as Abbot Diagnostics, Covance or Quotient Bioresearch. You may also have the opportunity to study in Europe with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme.

Completion of a year-long work placement will allow you to achieve an Advanced Professional Diploma alongside your degree.

Research projects

During your final year you will combine the skills and knowledge you have gained to undertake a specialist research project working alongside an expert in your chosen subject area. Opportunities are available for both lab and non lab-based science projects allowing you the flexibility to focus on a specific area of interest.

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 – helping you to accelerate your progression towards your chosen career.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a wide range of careers including:

  • hospital pathology laboratories
  • academic research
  • the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry 
  • medical-related disciplines
  • clinical trials research
  • scientific sales and marketing
  • postgraduate study options

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for world-leading companies such as:

  • the NHS
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • scientific law firms
  • research institutes

Graduates have also progressed to further study of masters courses and PhDs or have gone into teaching.

Accreditation

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 lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

Our teaching and research laboratories are equipped with industry standard instrumentation which you will learn how to use in scenario-based practical sessions. Examples of facilities you will have access to include:

  • state-of-the-art mass spectrometry equipment
  • our award winning cell culture suites with laminar flow hoods and incubators
  • an extensive range of analytical equipment, such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC)
  • real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids
  • high-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis

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Take a look around the biosciences and chemistry facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with senior lecturer and recruitment lead Dr Susan Campbell.

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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.

GCSE

  • 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

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

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'.


Modules

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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Bioanalytical Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Humans: Genes, Anatomy And Physiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
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
Exam
Module: Genes To Proteins, Biochemistry In Action Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Immunology And Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Pathological Basis Of Disease Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical

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

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £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 2022/23 is £14,415 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.

Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF, 770.8KB)

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