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Biological Sciences Courses


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

Our ecosystem is an intelligent force that has sustained its own existence since the beginning of time. However, despite global efforts to promote coexistence, its natural balance has been disturbed by human progress. Discover how you can apply your passion to protect it.

Our undergraduate zoology and biology courses offer high-quality teaching, first-rate facilities, access to cutting-edge research and exciting real world opportunities. Fieldwork is a vital part of our courses; past students have travelled to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Mallorca and the Maldives to explore natural environments.

"One of the best decisions I've ever made"


"One of the things I really liked about Derby was that in my second and third years I was able to choose which modules I wanted to take, meaning I could focus on what interested me most. I particularly enjoyed my third year independent study module where I was able to design my own research project. I am now studying my PhD. I would never have made it this far were it not for the help and encouragement I received. Choosing to study here has been one of the best decisions I've ever made."


Our partnerships with organisations such as Sea Life, Derby Museums, Royal Derby Hospital, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Twycross Zoo give you great opportunities for relevant work experience and internships. You’ll also have the opportunity, on a competitive basis, to help with our teaching team’s research.

Expert Teaching Team

You’ll be taught by a highly qualified team who are supportive, friendly and approachable - keen to pass their knowledge on to you. They include active international researchers whose work is shaping debates in areas including ecology, entomology and biodiversity.

Specialist Facilities

Our modern and well-equipped facilities include a Class ll containment suite to grow and manipulate bacteria and viruses, an insectary, brand new aquatic research facility, and glasshouse.


BSc (Hons) Biology and BSc (Hons) Zoology are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

The Royal Society only accredits degrees that offer students a solid academic foundation in subject knowledge, technical abilities and transferable skills. This means that, when you graduate, you’ll meet the requirements for Associate Membership of the Society (AMSB). Following appropriate professional experience, you can then apply for full membership, which is widely recognised throughout the industry and by potential employers.

BSc (Hons) Biology and BSc (Hons) Zoology accredited by the Royal Society of Biology‌‌

BSc (Hons) Biology and BSc (Hons) Zoology are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

BSc (Hons) Zoology accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

What our Biological Sciences graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • Educational Assistant
  • Graduate Ecologist
  • Trainee Animal Technician
  • Lecturer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • Senior Assistant Healthcare Scientist
  • Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician
  • Animal Care Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant