Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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.

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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.

High-specification laboratories

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.

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What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Study Skills in Science
  • Research Methods in Data Handling
  • Foundation in Sport and Exercise
  • Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Cellular Biology
  • Principles of Chemistry

If you already have level 2 English and Maths, you will not be required to take English and Maths core modules.

  • Induction Module - How to orientate yourself quickly into university life, and to navigate the on-line features associated with your programme
  • Anatomy and Physiology - You will explore the relationship between structure and function in the human body
  • Chemistry of Life - You will be introduced to the basic concepts of chemistry and the fundamental processes of biochemistry
  • Genetics - You will gain a broad introduction to, and basic understanding of, the key concepts in classical and molecular genetics
  • Introduction to Biological and Developmental Psychology - Learn how the brain works and explore concepts relevant to the study of child development
  • Practical Methods in Medical Bioscience - Introduction to medical research methodology including cellular pathology, clinical microbiology and clinical biochemistry
  • Concepts of Health and Wellbeing - Learn practical skills in diagnosing health conditions and the basics of public health
  • Biomedical Professional Practice - Develop skills used by NHS diagnostic scientists, including Virology, Microbiology, Genetic testing, Histpathology, Clinical Biochemistry and Haematology
  • Independent Research and Professional Development - You will learn about instigating and conducting research, and develop your career planning for life after university

Optional modules:

  • Human Physiology and Disease - You will develop a broad-based understanding of human diseases within the context of the normal physiological mechanisms
  • The Cell - You'll develop an understanding of eukaryote cell structure and function, and learn about current advances in topics such as stem cells and cancer
  • Molecular Biology - You'll develop an understanding of the molecular basis of fundamental biological processes, such as transcription and translation
  • Human Reproduction - You will cover a range of topics in the field of human reproduction, including developmental genetics, infertility, pregnancy and childbirth
  • Microbiology - You will learn about microbial structure and function, and how this relates to the harmful and beneficial effects of microbes
  • Health of Global Populations - You will develop and understanding of the wider determinants of Health and the impact that these can have on human populations
  • Nutrition for Public Health - The overall aim of this module is to describe and evaluate the links between dietary intake, nutritional policy and the health of individuals and populations across the lifespan

This course offers an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year of studies.

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
  • Independent Studies in Bioscience - You will undertake an independent piece of work of your choosing (subject to approval)

Optional modules:

  • The Human Genome - You will develop your understanding of the molecular evolution of DNA sequences, bioinformatics and genomics
  • Oncology and Immunology - Explore the causes of cancer, how it is treated and what directions are currently being undertaken by cancer research scientists. Develop an understanding of medical immunology, including autoimmune disease
  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease - This module focuses on the regulatory mechanisms behind the cellular response to a variety of external signals
  • Vocational Module - The student has freedom to select an appropriate host organisation to undertake a placement within a company, voluntary body or public establishment
  • Science Communication - Explores the spectrum of delivery methods of scientific information in modern society including newspapers, museums, TV and the internet
  • Society and Human Health - This module will require students to examine a selection of key human health issues that are currently a challenge to the health care system
  • Applied Biosciences - The module will have a number of subtopics from which students will choose a number to study in more detail  i.e Molecular Techniques, Genetics, Clinical Immunology, Quality assurance and Data Handling
  • International Public Health Nutrition - This module aims to investigate how diet as a modifiable risk factor can affect the risk for chronic diseases, and how this relationship can affect public health policy across different population groups at a global level

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.

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How you will learn

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.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/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.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£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

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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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

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Teaching hours

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

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

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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.

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