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Gain a fundamental knowledge on biotechnological processes in real world problems through knowledge of cellular, molecular, bioinformatics and structural biology.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £6,590 for the course †
International: £13,250 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September, January

Course summary

  • Gain a firm knowledge base to understanding the fundamental aspects of biotechnology.
  • Pay particular attention to the molecular mechanism of natural processes in various contexts.
  • Undertake an independent research project relating to biotechnology.

Underpin your professional development in the workplace by applying your knowledge of biotechnological processes to specific problems relevant to biosciences in clinical, environmental, industrial and academic environments.

How you learn

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You develop practical laboratory skills in both a taught and research environment, with taught modules consisting of a mixture of lectures and tutorials and a significant amount of laboratory time. Other modules are tutorial-led with considerable input from the course leader who acts as personal tutor. Each year the course team reviews course, including student achievement and the courses' suitability to meet the needs of its students.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • viva voce examination
  • written thesis

Course leaders and tutors

Alessandra Princivalle
Alessandra Princivalle
Senior Lecturer Pharmacology

I was appointed as Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University after completing a Laurea in Molecular Biology at the University of Milan (IT), and a Professional … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

You complete an independent research project towards the end of the course. During this project you apply your skills and knowledge directly to current research into biotechnology such as bioremediation, or the preparation of specific nanoparticles as diagnostics and therapeutics tools. Practical work will give you direct experience of performing biotechnology experiments using industry standard equipment for cell culture, quantitative nucleic acid and quantitative proteins determination, imaging by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry.

You work alongside tutors within the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre to undertake research into cancer, musculoskeletal diseases, human reproduction, neurological disease, medical microbiology and immunological basis of disease. Their work is regularly published in international peer-reviewed journals, showing that the course is underpinned by relevant quality research.

The practical work you undertake is supported by a team of technical and academic staff with a diverse range of skills and experience gained from a variety of different working environments. Technical staff works in conjunction with members of academic staff and laboratory demonstrators to ensure a safe working environment and to solve technical problems you may encounter in the laboratories.

Networking opportunities

The university offers mentoring, volunteering and leadership schemes, CV support from dedicated employability advisors, opportunities to meet potential employers at events, and to join professional bodies relevant to your course and future career.

Future careers

Employability skills are developed throughout the course. Your course leader will work with you to develop your personal, technical, academic, communication and presentation skills required for professional roles in research, industry, healthcare diagnostics and a range of scientific technical roles. The course team will support you in obtaining careers advice for employment, career development and scientific career opportunities in the UK and abroad.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

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

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Equipment and facilities

Practical work is carried out in our teaching laboratories which contain industry standard equipment for cell culture, quantitative nucleic acid and protein analysis and a sophisticated suite of analytical equipment such as HPLC and gas chromatography. In addition many of our research facilities such as flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and mass spectrometry are used in taught modules and research projects and our tutors are experts in these techniques.

Entry requirements

UK students

You must have one of the following

• a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a biological subject or equivalent

• a professional qualification of equal standing to an honours degree, for example MIBiol by examination, FIMLS

• other qualifications such as HND, HNC or unclassified degree in a biological subject, plus significant relevant work experience

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

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 a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

EU and 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.


Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biotechnology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%
Module: Cell Biology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Molecular Biology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Plant Biotechnology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 30%
Module: Professional Development Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Methods And Statistics Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Project (Biosciences) Credits: 60.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 70%
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Biomedical Techniques Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%
Module: Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Disease Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%
Module: Human Genomics And Proteomics Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £6,590 for the course.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £13,250 for the course.

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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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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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