Head of Department - Prof. David Grundy

About us

We are a large and active department with an excellent record for both teaching and research. Together with our sister departments Animal and Plant Sciences and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, we form the biological sciences in the in the Faculty of Science. At any one time we have approximately 460 undergraduate students following our undergraduate degree programmes, and over 50 postgraduate students. Our staff include approximately 40 academic staff, 50 postdoctoral research workers, 40 technical and ancillary staff and 10 secretarial staff.

In the past few years over £40m has been spent on our facilities to deliver state-of-the-art laboratories, lecture theatres, computer suites and teaching equipment, providing an outstanding learning and working environment for our students and staff. We are located on a single site and occupy several buildings at the heart of the University, across from the Students' Union and the Information Commons library. The city centre is a 10 minute walk from the University.

Research and teaching excellence

In the most recent government review of higher education in the UK, BMS was awarded top scores for both teaching (24/24) and research (5*). All our teaching is drawn from our pioneering research, which attracts academic staff of international scientific standing. This includes breakthroughs in human stem cells for hearing repair, the generation of animal models for Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, muscular dystrophies, and their use for therapeutic studies. Our three research centres' focus on translating laboratory research to the clinical environment.

University of the YearUniversity of the Year

The University of Sheffield was named UK University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards. A prestigious award to a world-class university in a unique city. We are a community true to our civic roots and our straightforward approach informs everything we do, both close to home and around the world. Read more.