Study biological and biomedical science

There are many different fields of biology and biological science. This means you could focus on a specific area such as molecular biology or zoology. 

Biology and biomedical science at the University of Sheffield

Sheffield is ranked in the top 10 for Biomedical Sciences, and in the top 15 for Biological Sciences (Complete University Guide 2022). It offers a wide choice of biology courses within the School of Biosciences. This gives you the freedom to study a broad Biology degree or specialise in a specific area.

All departments are committed to research-led learning. You’ll be supported by world-leading scientists who are at the forefront of their specialist areas. Learning takes place in dedicated science facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories and off-site field trips.

Sheffield has an excellent reputation for postgraduate employment. For example, 97% of biomedical science graduates are employed or in further education within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017). You’ll develop key employability skills and you'll have the opportunity to take part in work placements and professional research projects.

Conduct your own research experiments

Biology degree options at the University of Sheffield

Degree preparation at the International College

Your pathway to studying biological and biomedical science with the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering or Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering.

Top 10 in the UK

for Biomedical Sciences

Complete University Guide 2022

Top 15 in the UK

for Biological Sciences

Complete University Rankings 2022

Undergraduate pathways

The International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering is excellent preparation for a Biology or Biomedical Science degree at the University of Sheffield. Choose the Biological and Life Sciences pathway and you’ll study science modules that are tailored to your chosen science degree. This includes practical laboratory sessions within the College's dedicated laboratory.

Postgraduate pathways

Prepare for a masters in Biology or Biomedical Science, or related degrees, with the Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering. You'll build on your undergraduate knowledge, develop your English language skills and prepare for the academic challenges of postgraduate study. You'll study modules from the Science and Engineering pathway and the Bioscience pathway.

Entry requirements

International Foundation Year 

  • 2 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 with minimum 5.0 in writing (minimum of 4.0 in other skills)
  • 1.5 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 5.0 in all skills)


  • 2 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)
  • 1.5 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Why study biological and biomedical science?

A biology or biomedical science degree is a popular option for undergraduates. Reasons to choose biological and biomedical science include:

Conducting your own research is an important part of any Biology degree. You’ll design your own questions and conduct research in a laboratory or field setting. You’ll work as part of a team, and you’ll develop skills in collecting, analysing and presenting data.

Biologists play important roles in solving global problems. Biomedical scientists find cures and treatments for life-threatening illnesses, marine biologists help to protect our oceans, and plant scientists solve food shortages by developing drought-resistant crops.

A degree in Biology or Biomedical Science gives you transferable skills that are valued by employers. You could study a wide range of topics or you could specialise in specific areas, such as medicine or marine life. When you graduate, you can apply for a range of scientific and non-scientific careers.

What can I do with a biological and biomedical sciences degree?

When you graduate, you’ll have a wide range of career and further study options that are directly and indirectly related to your degree.

Career options include:

  • forensic scientist
  • biomedical scientist
  • science journalist
  • healthcare scientist
  • biotechnologist
  • microbiologist
  • medical physicist
  • technician
  • toxicologist
  • wildlife filmmaker
  • museum curator.

Biological and biomedical science FAQs

Biology is the study of life and living organisms. It covers a huge range of topics, from bacteria and human reproduction, to ecosystems and animal behaviour.

Biomedical science concentrates on medical research and the development of treatments. Topics you might study include anatomy, neuroscience and genetics.

To study a degree in biology and biomedical science at university you will need to meet certain requirements, such as having high grades in subjects such as A Level Biology and another science subject. If you’re an international student, you could also meet the requirements by studying a pathway programme such as the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering.

Studying a biology and biomedical science degree can lead to a range of careers all with varying salaries. If you want to become a microbiologist you can expect starting salaries of £30,000, advance to principal or consultant scientist and it can raise up to between £40,000 - £103,860. If you pursue a career as a biomedical scientist you will typically start on a salary between £24,214 to £30,112. As a senior biomedical scientist, you can expect a salary between £37,000 and £50,000.

Typically, an undergraduate degree in biology is three years, however, at some universities, it can be four years.

An undergraduate degree in biomedical science lasts three years and will include a mix of teaching methods from laboratory research to lectures.

To study a degree in biology and biomedical science, there are a range of subjects that can help you meet the requirements. Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Geography can all help you. Typically you will be required to have good grades that include two science subjects and maths. Subject entry requirements differ per university, so do your research on where you want to study.

Core maths is typically required for both biology and biomedical science and is used throughout both. Although it is not used as much as the other major sciences, it is useful for statistics and specialist areas such as bioanalytics. It may not be required for a biology or biomedical science degree but it would be beneficial.

Skills required to study a biology degree include:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Determination
  • Problem-solving
  • Organisation
  • Numeracy
  • Technical ability
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail

Skills required to study a biomedical degree include:

  • Analytical approach
  • Teamwork
  • Research
  • Problem-solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication

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