BSc (Honours)/MSci Biomedical Science

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)/MSci

Biomedical Science

Understand human disease at the molecular, cell and whole-body level – learning how diseases are diagnosed and treated, completing your own research, and graduating as a biomedical scientist.

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96% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2019/20 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £16,655 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? 120-128 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? B940
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a biomedical scientist.
  • Train in state-of-the-art labs and cell culture suites with industry-standard equipment.
  • Apply the latest research and technology to disease diagnosis and treatment.
  • Work with experts in our research centre to complete your own cutting-edge research. 
  • Complete an optional year-long placement with health or research organisations.

This BSc Biomedical Science course, accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science,  will build your practical and digital skills to prepare you for a career as a graduate scientist. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of biomedical science and how to apply your knowledge to medicine, research and the wider scientific industry. 

You can also transfer to the MSci route for a specialist year of research-intensive study.

Accredited by
  • Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) 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.



How you learn

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.

On this course you’ll be taught by biomedical science experts – all our staff are research active and most have a history in industry. Your learning will be linked to departmental research themes, ensuring the course content is at the forefront of science.

You’ll get hands-on with industry-standard laboratory equipment and take part in in-class activities, problem solving and group discussions. You’ll work with other students on practical projects, as well as independently using digital tools to analyse data.

You’ll also have opportunities to undertake research, from clinical specialisms to bioanalytical projects.

You learn through:

  • In-person lectures and seminars
  • Guest lectures from industry professionals
  • Interactive workshops
  • Independent study
  • Tutorials and academic adviser sessions
  • Practical laboratory experiences with industry-standard equipment
  • Placements and research opportunities
  • Real-world projects, simulated environments and networking opportunities

Key themes

Initially you’ll explore fundamentals in biomedical science to gain a grounding in life science. You’re then able to apply this knowledge in practical laboratory sessions. You’ll also explore the role of the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Health and Care Professions Council – learning about the diverse range of lab techniques used in both routine patient analysis and biomedical research.

In your second year, you’ll cover a range of topics, including DNA technology, cancer research, disease diagnostics and therapeutic monitoring, that align with the clinical specialist pathology disciplines. You’ll then apply this knowledge to practical labs and an applied pathology-themed project.

In your third year, you’ll learn about blood sciences, cellular pathology and medical microbiology – before completing an independent project in our teaching labs.

In year four, you’ll complete independent research projects alongside active researchers in our Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre. This means you can research specific areas of interest and be integrated into a research group that focuses on a scientific research discipline – enabling you to discuss your project with fellow students and staff.

Course support

Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources to help you to plan and structure your assignments

Course leaders and tutors

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

Senior Lecturer

Laura Cole
Laura Cole
Senior 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’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

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.  

Networking opportunities 

We have extra-curricular career-focused activities such as careers and job fairs, employer events, mentoring schemes, volunteering, internship opportunities, and leadership awards – helping you to accelerate your progression towards your chosen career.

You could also have the opportunity to return to your placement host and undertake some real-world research in their labs.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Hospital pathology laboratories
  • Academic research
  • The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry 
  • Medical-related disciplines
  • Clinical trials research
  • Scientific sales and marketing
  •  Postgraduate study options, including MSc, MRes, PhD and PGCE
  • Teaching
  • You could also continue your studies to postgraduate level – MSc, MRes, PhD or PGCE

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

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.

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Equipment and facilities

You’ll have access to various collaborative and independent learning spaces, and a large suite of high-quality laboratories. You’ll use the same industry-standard equipment and software that you’ll be using in your career.

On this course you work with:

  • Analytical tools such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography equipment.
  • Our award-winning cell culture suites with laminar flow hoods and incubators.
  • High-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis.
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction equipment.
  • If you transfer to the MSci route, you’ll work alongside PhD students and scientists in our Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre, with access to a range of cutting-edge facilities.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 120-128

From A levels including 32 points 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.

  • DDM BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (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.
  • Distinction overall from a T level qualification with T level Science: Laboratory Technician Pathway only.
  • 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 7.0 (or equivalent) with no less than 6.5 in each skill. This is a graduate requirement of the Institute of Biomedical Science. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 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.

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.

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.

Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

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:  Biomedical Science In Practice Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Demonstrating Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module:  Fundamentals Of Biomedical Science Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Introducing Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applying Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module:  Disease, Diagnostics, And Therapeutics Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Genes To Proteins, Biochemistry In Action Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Immunology And Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Placement Year For Biosciences And Chemistry Credits: - Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Blood Sciences Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Cellular Pathology And Infection Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module:  Advanced Therapeutics And Personalised Medicine Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applications Of Data Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Nutrition And Health Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Neurobiology And Neurophysiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Pharmacology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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 2024/25 is £16,655 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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