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. 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. 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.