Choosing a course can be a difficult decision, so we have created some useful resources to help your students broaden their knowledge of studying Science at university.

1stfor student satisfaction with teaching and feedback in Biosciences**Guardian University Guide 2020
Top 10for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback in Geology**Guardian University Guide 2020
3rdfor student satisfaction with teaching for Forensic Science**Guardian University Guide 2020
Our Biology and Zoology students talk about the defining moments that inspired them to apply their passion to make a difference in the world. Watch the video.
Our students work with lecturers and students who are carrying out important research, such as Postdoctoral Researcher, Till Röthig, who recently won an international award for his idea to help conserve and restore the world's coral reefs. Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate. Within the University's Aquatic Research Facility, the team is carrying out work with organisations across the globe to make corals more resilient in the face of man-made afflications. Find out more about how we're helping corals survive.
Find out more about Biology and Zoology by downloading our Biology and Zoology brochure and by exploring our Virtual Open Day.

Our human health courses give students the chance to strengthen their employability through internships and work placements. Human Biology student, Monica Erdos, undertook a research internship in an area she was passionate about, cancer research. Find out more about Monica's internship.

Through the research internships, four of our current students have worked with staff to investigate the role of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in the development of oral-pharyngeal carcinomas (head and neck cancers). In partnership with The Swallows, a head and neck cancer support group, they have created an educational film called 'What about me?' to raise awareness of the virus and enlighten people about the implications of not vaccinating boys against HPV. View the 'What about me?' film.


Environmental Sustainability explores how the threats to the environment, the foundation for all life on earth, are greater now than at any other time in human history. Public interest and awareness of these issues is steadily increasing, but there remains a need for future-focused, bold innovators who can apply their knowledge to tackle the world’s most critical challenges and secure a sustainable future. 

Watch the video.


Our students have the chance to hone their skills in our range of forensic facilities, including our Forensic Training Facility, specialist forensic laboratories, specialist imaging suite, forensic anthropology suite and clandestine burial site. Take a tour of our Forensic Training Facility.

Our students also get to utilise their practical skills on work placements. Rebekah Muldowney, who studies BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, has taken the option of an extended work placement after her second year and is now based at the CSI Unit with Nottinghamshire Police. Find out more about Rebekah's experience. 

Another key part of the course is working with lecturers who are passionate about the subject, and have extensive experience in their field. For example, Sanita Nezirovic, lecturer in Forensic Science, is an anthropologist who has completed work profiling a Bronze Age skeleton recently found in Northumbria. Watch her video discussing the project and her findings.

For further information on what it is like to study Forensic Science at Derby, download our Forensic Science Subject brochure and explore our Virtual Open Day.

Zoology Student studying an insect

I can confidently say that the staff at the University of Derby helped mould me into the person I am today and it was probably the main factor in how much I enjoyed studying there.

Siobhan Hillman
BSc (Hons) Zoology