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BSc (Honours)/MSci Biomedical Science

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

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS B940 Course code

Course description

Gain the skills and knowledge required to become a biomedical scientist. You learn how to apply the latest biological science to fields such as medical diagnosis of disease and illness, and research into causes and treatment of disease.

What you study

You begin by studying the science underlying the core disciplines of biomedical science, including human anatomy and physiology, cell biology and bioanalytical methods.

In the second year, you focus more specifically on the core disciplines of biomedical science, such as immunology and microbiology as well as general pathology and core biomedical and molecular biology topics.

In your final year, you cover major biomedical science subjects such as cellular pathology, microbiology and the blood sciences. You are taught using a case based approach so you can understand how theory relates to practice. You also undertake a research project. Previous project titles include • the pro-apoptotic effect of rhubarb juice extracts on leukaemia cell lines • identification and detection of MecA antibiotic-resistant determinants in isolates from different hospital environments.

The optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at those students wanting to pursue a career in research and is suitable for students who achieve good results during years one and two.

The course covers all key disciplines within biomedical science as it fulfils the requirements specified by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for accreditation.

Placements and work experience

You are encouraged to apply for a placement to put what you’ve learnt into practice. 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.


Most of our teaching staff are active researchers. For example Dr Neil Cross works on the mechanisms that control cancer cell growth and Dr Christine Le Maitre’s research investigates back pain. Both have excellent links with clinicians at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and this expertise allows the latest scientific developments to inform your course.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science as a preliminary qualification for Health and Care Professions Council registration, required in order to practice as a biomedical scientist in the NHS.


You get extensive lab training in facilities equipped with industry-standard instrumentation to carry out procedures such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and tissue culture. At the end of each year, you work on a mini project, investigating a set diagnostic problem using the skills gained through the year.

Institute of Biomedical Science accreditation statement
This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science who recently commended us on
• the excellent scientific content of our courses
• the supportive nature of the staff which provides a positive student experience
• the laboratory and teaching facilities, which provides an excellent learning environment

The course is supported by research groups working in areas such as applications of tandem mass spectrometry, multiple sclerosis, medical microbiology, lower back pain and cancer. It is carried out in collaboration with local hospital trusts and in some cases with researchers in other countries.

Professional recognition

The biomedical science degree 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). You must register with the HCPC before you can work as a biomedical scientist in a hospital laboratory.

Completing an appropriate hospital pathology placement during this course can lead to the IBMS Certificate of Competence, which enables you to register with the HCPC after you graduate.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*

*GCSE maths, English & Science equivalents accepted:
•equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

plus one of the following

120 UCAS points from at least two A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) The study of Chemistry is useful, but not essential. We accept AS Levels. We do not accept General Studies.


104 UCAS points from three A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) The study of Chemistry is useful, but not essential. We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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.

• successfully completing our Extended Degree in Biosciences or equivalent

You also need to demonstrate an ability to
• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

These are normally achieved through completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

If English is not your first language you must have 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time, plus one year to MSci (optional)

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• introduction to biomedical science • human physiology and anatomy • cellular biology, biochemistry with microbiology • bioanalytical methods • professional and scientific practice 1

Year two modules

• biology of disease • biomedical investigative techniques • molecular biology and biochemistry • immunology and microbiology • professional and scientific practice 2

Year three

• optional work placement - leading to academic assessment via the final year professional and scientific practice 3 module.

Final year core modules

• cellular pathology and infection • blood sciences • professional and scientific practice 3 • research project

Final year options

• applied biochemistry • bioethics and human genetics • bioinformatics and human genetics • neurobiology • pharmacology

MSci year (optional)

• research methods and statistics • research projects

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • written assignments
  • tests
  • group work
  • laboratory work


Graduates can move into work within NHS pathology laboratories or into industries associated with medicine, such as diagnostic or medical research or clinical trials organisations. Many students also continue their studies to masters or PhD level enter postgraduate teaching courses or apply for graduate medicine and dentistry.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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You apply for this course through UCAS.

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