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, including elements of biochemistry, genetics and microbiology. The four-year MBiolSci is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. It includes training in lab skills and an extensive research project which could be based in the department or in industry. Staff like to keep tutorial groups small so everyone gets the support they need. 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.