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Course description

Biomedical science is about understanding our bodies and our ability to control them during health and disease. It’s the basic science that underpins medicine.

Breakthroughs in Biomedical Science feature regularly in the news, from radical new treatments for cancer patients to innovative advances in reproductive technologies and regenerative medicine.

Over the last twenty years, research into the human genome and molecular processes has revolutionised our understanding of biological systems.

Core modules

  • Literature Review
  • Practical Research Project
  • Analysis of Current Science
  • Ethics and Public Understanding

Examples of optional modules

  • Neuroscience Techniques
  • Practical Developmental Genetics
  • Practical Cell Biology
  • Modelling Human Disease
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Stem Cell Biology

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, practical classes, tutorials and seminars.

In small group teaching classes you’ll discuss, debate and present on scientific and ethical topics. Laboratory placements within the department provide you with one-to-one attention, training and support to do your individual research project.

Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments, debates, poster presentations and a dissertation.

Our teaching covers ethics, practical scientific skills and an overview of the current literature. You’ll also develop useful career skills such as presentation, communication and time management.


Visit the MSc Biomedical Science page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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