Sheffield Hallam University

Biology Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

TEF Silver

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  • Learn a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biological, chemical and mathematical skills suitable to investigate and describe the biological world.

  • Develop the confidence and ability to solve biological problems.

  • Conduct research in a range of theoretical and practical areas, including the skills of project management.

Take part in rigorous intellectual training that cultivates an interest in current developments at the frontiers of the subject. Gain an underpinning knowledge of chemistry, physics and maths, taught in context. Enhance your skills for a career in biology or any occupation requiring confident, creative, analytical thinkers.

The course includes a coherent programme theme to enable you to develop as professional biologists, operating beyond just knowledge acquisition. You have the capability to act on opportunities and apply learning to solve problems, whether theoretical or applied.

Learn through

  • lectures

  • workshops

  • tutorials

  • scenario-based laboratory sessions.

Work placements
Once you have developed your knowledge and skills in the lab, you can apply for an optional third-year work placement, which gives you the chance to apply theory and practice in the workplace. Alternatively, you are encouraged to undertake internships or other short placements to enhance your future career goals.

You can apply for a placement in the UK or use the opportunity to work abroad in Europe, America and further afield. We have a wide range of major national and multinational placement partners, including

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • Covance

  • Eurofins

  • Universities

  • Field trips

Complete valuable field work, which has previously included exploring contrasting environments in the Peak District, visits to Sheffield Botanical gardens and a UK-based residential ecological and environmental field course, all at no additional costs.

Graduates of BSc (Honours) Biology

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level.

Graduates of MSci Biology

This programme has been awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Course details


Year 1
Compulsory modules
Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology - 20.00 credits
Environmental Bioscience - 20.00 credits
Human Physiology And Anatomy - 20.00 credits
Plant Physiology And Anatomy - 20.00 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs - 20.00 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills - 20.00 credits

Year 2
Compulsory modules

Applied Ecology And Environmental Biosciences - 20.00 credits
Evolutionary And Behavioural Biology - 20.00 credits
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry - 20.00 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 - 40.00 credits

Elective modules

Advanced Cell Biology - 20.00 credits
Pathological Basis Of Disease - 20.00 credits
Topics In Biochemistry - 20.00 credits

Final year
Compulsory modules

Plant Biotechnology - 20.00 credits
Research Project 40.00 credits

Elective modules

Applied Biochemistry - 20.00 credits
Bioethics And Bioinformatics - 20.00 credits
Bioethics And Human Genetics - 20.00 credits
Bioinformatics And Human Genetics - 20.00 credits
Environmental Biotechnology - 20.00 credits
Neurobiology - 20.00 credits

Assessment method

• Examinations
• Coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C100
Institution code S21
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points 80 UCAS points from A levels including 24 points in Biology, or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BSc Biology with Foundation Year.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Applied Science / Forensic Science / Medical Science
Unit 8 plus two of the following: 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
P: 30 credits
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/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade C or 4.

successfully completing our Foundation Certificate in Biosciences & Chemistry or equivalent.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

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