This course gives you the flexibility to discover what kind of biologist you want to be. Whether your interests lie in the environment, biomedicine, the molecular biosciences or span all three, from your first year you'll have the freedom to choose the topics you want to study across the breadth of biology. Topics include:
- molecular and cell biology
- physiology and pharmacology
- stem cells and development
- animal behaviour
- plant science
- ecology and conservation
- global change and sustainability.
You'll learn in lectures, practicals, workshops and field trips to zoos, aquaria and wildlife reserves.
As you progress through your degree, you'll explore your chosen topics in greater depth, specialising in one area or keeping a broad overview across the biosciences. You'll learn the core practical laboratory skills that are used across biology, including microscopy, cell culturing and DNA preparation.
No matter what modules you choose to study, you'll be ready to address your own research questions. You'll also learn key transferable skills that make biology graduates very attractive to employers, such as problem solving, communication skills, critical evaluation and data analysis.
We'll give you plenty of opportunities to apply your new skills and knowledge too. You'll have the chance to carry out your own research projects in the lab, using the latest cutting-edge equipment to analyse stem cells, sequence DNA and study proteins and enzymes. You might choose to do field research projects in the Peak District National Park or to embark on an ecology field course in the UK or abroad. You can also make the most of our links with the NHS and complete research in conjunction with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Biology at Sheffield is all about studying what you're passionate about. From genes and molecules to biodiversity and ecosystems and everything in between, your personal tutor will assist you in tailoring your degree to your interests and career goals.
If you want to study this course but don't meet the entry requirements our Biosciences (with Foundation Year) could be for you. After successfully completing the one year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of one of our bioscience degrees.