Sheffield offers an unusual amount of flexibility: at the end of the first year, you can choose to transfer to any other course in the department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Many students appreciate this option as their interests develop in a particular direction. Stick with this course and you’ll get a good grounding in molecular biosciences and specialist knowledge of microbiology that gives you plenty of career options. You can graduate after three years with a BSc or take the optional fourth year which leads to an MBiolSci degree, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. The MBiolSci includes training in lab skills and an extensive research project which could be based in the department or in industry. Microbiologists play an important role in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food safety, and forensic science. Our graduates work in all those fields. They also go into education, the civil service and research. Sheffield is rated number one in the UK for medically related research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.