Full-time: 4 years
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
72 (September 2020 entry)
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Gain a degree which could put you at the forefront of advances in medical health. We will equip you to excel in a career dedicated to prolonging life, improving health and combating disease.
- Start out with a foundation year which will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress to honours degree studies
- Biosciences at Derby is ranked number one in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback, Guardian University Guide 2020
- This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, demonstrating quality and a high professional standard
- Achieve your ambitions if you are considering a career change or seeking to immerse yourself in a new subject of study: the foundation year is your stepping stone to success
- Develop the practical and intellectual skills that will give you a head start in careers in medical research, the NHS, health charities and biomedical industries
- Explore how the human body is regulated, biological aspects of disease and illness, and the impact of environmental and socio-economic factors on human health
- Undertake an independent research project, supported by own expert teaching team renowned for groundbreaking investigations into human health and disease
- Select from a comprehensive range of optional modules to build a degree which reflects your own interests and career plans
Whether investigating medical conditions, screening for diseases or monitoring the effectiveness of treatments, the work of the biomedical health specialist is highly varied, practical and analytical. This progressive course prepares you for the challenge.
Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
A distinctive and dynamic course
This degree will broaden your perspectives. It differs from more traditional biomedical science courses by exploring the complex subject of human health in a holistic way. While you’ll still gain an in-depth understanding of the biomedical control of the human body, you’ll also learn more about public health.
So that you understand the basis of human disease, diagnosis and treatment, we will give you a thorough grounding in human physiology and anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, medical microbiology, human diseases, environmental health and global health.
Alongside this, you’ll consider how the biomedical regulation of the human body can be influenced by a person’s physical wellbeing, their lifestyle choices, their environment, and the infectious diseases to which they can be exposed.
We also place your knowledge of biomedical health within the wider context of the social, economic and governmental policies which are driving change in global public health.
At the forefront of research
During the course, you will gradually build the confidence and skills to relate your knowledge to scientific research. In the later stages of your studies, you will undertake and report on substantial scientific investigations, both in groups and individually. You will also complete an independent research study into a theme of your choice.
You will benefit from the support and guidance of our expert Biomedical Health team, made up of experienced teachers who are also active human health researchers. They are spearheading a vast array of investigations into crucial issues such as potential new treatments for ovarian cancer; the role of the Human Papilloma Virus in the development of head and neck cancers; and antibiotic resistance bacteria in healthy individuals.
We also give you the opportunity to apply – on a competitive basis – for a placement where you can contribute to the scientific research underway at the University. This will bring you into even closer contact with innovative developments transforming biomedical health today and provide a strong basis for a potential research career.
Strong employer links to inspire you
We have flourishing partnerships with organisations such as hospital trusts, research institutions and biomedical companies which will help sharpen your focus on the career opportunities ahead.
As part of your studies, you will hear from medical professionals and research scientists specialising in biomedical science and public health. They will not only keep you abreast of latest thinking, policies and practices within the profession but also share their own career experiences with you.
In Stage 2, there is even the chance to observe a post-mortem examination at Royal Derby Hospital.
We boast newly upgraded learning facilities where you can build your practical skills and conduct your own research. Our laboratories feature up-to-date instrumentation and specialist containment facilities for the growth and manipulation of bacteria and viruses as well as the sequencing and characterisation of DNA.
In our student research laboratory you will have a dedicated space for your independent study project at the end of your degree.
No.1in the UK for student satisfaction in Biosciences with teaching and feedback*
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Teaching and learning
You'll be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory practical experience. Both professional development skills and career development skills are embedded throughout the degree programme. Guest lecturers are invited from a range of health care professions to enable you to decide which area of human health you will pursue after graduation. In Stage 2, you'll have the opportunity to observe a post-mortem examination at Royal Derby Hospital.
You’re assessed using a range of written assignments, including portfolios, practical reports, and data analysis, as well as computer-based assessments, poster presentations and seminar presentations.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
This course is an ideal stepping stone to careers in medical research, health charities, medical and biotechnology industries and the government health sector. You could also consider roles in areas such as analytical consultancy, biological sales and scientific writing.
The transferable skills you develop during your studies, including critical thinking, data analysis, report writing and communication, will impress employers not only in biomedical health fields but also in many other sectors.
Your qualification also provides a solid platform should you want to progress to postgraduate study in subjects such as medicine and dentistry.
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Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- You will receive goggles and a laboratory coat
- All equipment and consumables needed for your experimental/ fieldwork are provided by the University. This is subject to the type of project and consumables being approved by your programme leader
- Free membership of the Royal Society of Biology for a year after graduation
- If a DBS check is needed for the purposes of a module or programme related work placement, this is included in your fee if done via the University
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Two bound copies of Independent Study - approx costs £12
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Recommended textbooks - approximate cost is £60
- If a DBS check is needed for the purposes of a module or programme related work placement
- Summer research internships offered on a competitive basis to second year students. You can also take a work placement credit-bearing module at Level 6, though you will need to find your own placement
- Travel to work experience/placements - cost is dependent on your placement venue of choice
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.