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

C1FY

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

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

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Industrial Placement YearIndustrial Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 3EV500

Research Methods and Data Handling

This module aims to develop an understanding of why and how research is conducted within science disciplines. Students will develop a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data handling skills through the use of Excel and other appropriate software. Introductions to formulating and operationalising research questions and hypotheses will be included along with an exploration of the rationale behind applying different research methods for different purposes and the ethical considerations linked to these.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3EV501

Study Skills in Science

This module aims to develop the study skills essential for study at university and facilitate the transition into Higher Education. The module will help student understand university systems and processes, the study skills they require to succeed and the role they have in their own learning.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3FO501

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology

This module will provide students with a theoretical understanding of physiology and anatomy of the relevant body systems. Fundamental anatomical and physiological concepts will be explored for a range of body systems in relation to what these systems consist of and how they function. The concepts of health and disease will be introduced as the range of body systems are explored. The module will incorporate both theoretical and practical learning to enable students to apply their knowledge of the human body.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3FO502

Principles of Cellular Biology

This module will introduce the key concepts that underpin biological sciences. It will provide students with a theoretical understanding of the fundamental bioscience areas of cellular biology, biochemistry and genetics. It will also introduce students to how biotechnology is informing our current knowledge of the regulation of cellular mechanisms. The module will also incorporate practical learning to enable students to apply their bioscience knowledge.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3FO503

Principles of Chemistry

This module aims to gives students an overview of some of the basic chemical principles that form the foundations of chemistry. Students will learn about the fundamental building blocks of chemistry, exploring the states of matter, its structure and organisation. Student will gain an understanding of the chemical principles of interactions and reactions at the atomic level. Students will then explore fundamental chemistry which underpins applied fields such as forensic science and biology.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3PS500

Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

This module will introduce students to psychology as an integrated and multi-faceted discipline. Students will explore both classic and contemporary aspects of psychology from a position of little or no knowledge. They will gain an understanding of the breadth of psychology and the ways in which the topic areas included can be approached from a number of different theoretical perspectives using a variety of methodological approaches.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3SO500

Foundation in Sport and Exercise

This module provides an overview of the sporting landscape within the United Kingdom and how recent developments have helped shape it. Students will gain an understanding of the broad range of subject disciplines attributed to sport and exercise and begin to develop an appreciation of the skills required to work within the diverse sport and exercise field.

This module focusses on both the ‘art’ and ‘science’ of sport and exercise to ensure a grounding knowledge for all. Students will learn of the different roles a sport and exercise professional may take on and the skills attributed to each in order to be successful.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4BH500

Concepts of Human Health and Wellbeing

The module aims to develop an understanding of what health and wellbeing is and the states of human health that exist. Students will gain knowledge of impacts upon health and wellbeing, and significant public health issues. They will also be introduced to how the clinical laboratory specialities of biomedical science work together in disease diagnosis.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4BY505

Genetics

Since the full elucidation of DNA structure in 1952 our knowledge in the field of genetics has increased exponentially. The development of molecular techniques means that genetics now has the capacity to impact on almost all areas of human life. Medical testing, conservation work and criminal investigation are three diverse examples of areas that in which genetics plays a major role. Knowledge of such a significant area is thus a pre-requisite for all biological and forensic based study. The module aims to provide a broad introduction to, and basic understanding of, the key concepts in classical and molecular genetics. The module also addresses the role of genetics in society and some of the ethical issues that surround its use.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BY506

Anatomy and Physiology

Fundamental anatomical and physiological concepts in biology will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the homeostatic interaction between the structure and function of organ systems and their relationship with the internal and external environment. Comparative Physiology will also be introduced. Concepts of health and disease and medical intervention will be identified throughout the module as a range of body systems are explored. Assessment will be via a portfolio of work built up over the course of the module.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BY508

Chemistry of Life

This module introduces key concepts essential to the understanding of biological and biochemical structures and processes at an atomic, molecular and cellular level. The basic skills required to understand and interpret the behaviour of biological and chemical materials, both qualitatively and quantitatively, will be covered. This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the cell, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic, along with the basic biochemistry of carbohydrates and lipids.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BY513

Studying at University: Induction Module

This module provides students with an introduction to studying at the University of Derby. It was designed and generated in response to students needs and is designed to prepare students for the undergraduate programmes within Biological and Forensic Sciences by providing an online environment in which students can become proficient in the skills required for HE study. The module will be a core, no credit, stand-alone module, assessed by 100% coursework.
0 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4BY514

Practical Methods in Medical Biosciences

This module will introduce students to the key research methodology required in medical biosciences, which will include cellular pathology, clinical microbiology and clinical biochemical experimental techniques, ethical implications, scientific report writing, presentations and data analysis. Future careers in Biomedical Science and Human Health.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4PS521

Introduction to Biological and Developmental Psychology

This module has two components, Developmental Psychology and Biological Psychology. The Developmental Psychology component introduces students to concepts, theories and methods relevant to the study of child development. Students will first be introduced to the area of developmental psychology, its historical development, the methods used by researchers working in this field and key debates such as what drives development? The research and theories proposed by key figures working in the areas of social and cognitive development will then be discussed.

Within the Biological Psychology component students will explore how the brain works, including an introduction to the brain, neural structures and neurons. We will investigate whether parts of our brains serve specialised functions and if there are individual differences in brain structure, in particular associated with handedness. We will also investigate how our understanding of brain function informs our understanding of selected areas of cognition and behaviour.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY533

Biomedical Professional Practice

This module will build on laboratory skills developed in Level 4.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5BY534

Independent Research and Professional Development

The module will prepare students for their Independent Studies research project undertaken at level 6 and deliver important information regarding research design and ethics. Students will receive guidance on how to plan and propose a piece of independent research and complete the University Research Ethics proposal form, as well as relevant Health and Safety documents. The module will also address the student’s current professional development with a focus on increasing awareness of graduate skill and career pathways.
0 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5BH502

Health of Global Populations

This module will look at Environmental and Public Health issues in a global context. It will explore some of the major environmental and public health stressors that affect people and look at examples of good practice.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5BY509

Molecular Biology

The Molecular Biology module builds directly on a range of aspects of genetics covered in the first year modules; particularly ‘Genetics’ and ‘Chemistry for Life’. The module also provides direct support to a wide range of material that will be covered in both biological and forensic modules in the third year. The module covers both theoretical and practical aspects of evolutionary and forensic genetics. A range of skills will be developed which are directly relevant to the workplace.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5BY511

Human Physiology and Disease

The module develops the concept of disease within the context of the normal physiological mechanisms that underlie some key body systems. It will enhance the background knowledge of anatomy and physiology gained from a previous Stage 1 module (Human Biology). Guest lecturers from the medical and scientific research worlds are invited to discuss the pathology and medical relevance of an aspect of each of the key physiological systems studied. Assessment will be via a series of in-class tests taken at regular intervals throughout the module, and questions relating to epidemiology study design and data analysis.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5BY512

Microbiology

Micro-organisms have adapted to every available habitat on earth. They have a profound impact on our lives and our environment. This module looks at both the harmful and beneficial effects of microbes and seeks to develop an understanding of their diversity and importance. The module contains a large component of practical laboratory work.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5BY514

The Cell

This module builds on year 1 studies of biomolecules and cells and aims to provide the student with a clear view of cell structure and function, together with the underlying biochemistry and biochemical pathways supporting these activities. The involvement of membranes and the cytoskeleton will be illustrated in activities such as energy production, mitosis and cytokinesis, together with cutting edge subjects such as stem cells, cell aging, cell signalling and cancer.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY520

Human Reproduction

This module is designed to cover a range of topics in the field of human reproduction, including developmental genetics, infertility, sexually transmitted diseases and sex determination. It will be delivered via face-to-face lectures and tutorials from academic staff and medical specialists, as well as having associated directed study. It will be assessed via a two-element piece of coursework and a written exam.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5SO518

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 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. An accurate understanding of the contributors, prevalence and severity of nutritional problems is essential to designing effective public health programmes for the alleviation of both obesity and malnutrition and their associated adverse effects on health, quality of life and/or developmental outcomes.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5SO528

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting. The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5SO529

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6BY995

Independent Studies In Biosciences

This module represents an opportunity for the student to exercise initiative, creative thinking, and organisational skills in the pursuit of an independent piece of work of his/her choosing (subject to approval on academic, safety and ethical grounds where appropriate), and is a continuation of personal skill development initiated in Stages 4 and 5. Central to the research study will be a degree of problem solving and formulation and testing of hypotheses.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6BH500

Society and Human Health

Human health is a highly dynamic area which is affected by the complex inter-relationships between people and their physical well-being, their lifestyle choices, the environment they inhabit and the diseases they can be exposed to. This module will require students to examine a selection of key human health issues that are currently a challenge to the health care system and understand how socio-economics, lifestyle choices, public health care policies and environmental factors will impact on the health of the individual and/or the nation.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6BH501

Cell Signalling in Health and Disease

A knowledge of cell signalling is essential to understanding the molecular mechanisms of disease and the rationale behind drug design. This module focuses on the regulatory mechanisms behind the cellular response to a variety of external signals, considering our current understanding of signalling pathway regulation in health and dysregulation in non-communicable disease states.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BY504

The Human Genome

Each of us carries the record of our personal evolutionary history locked up in our genome. Our genome can also influence our future health and longevity. The focus of this module is an investigation into the main components of the Human genome. We also look at the history of the Human Genome Project and the future prospects now that we have the genome sequence in both biological and forensic contexts. Human genome sequence organization is also contrasted with a number of model organisms from bacteria through to other primates. We also look at the DNA sequence databases and how DNA sequence data is deposited, retrieved and manipulated.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BY505

Oncology and Immunology

This module provides an opportunity for students to gain knowledge of two specialised areas of human biology; oncology and immunology. Subjects covered will include the genetics of cancer biology, carcinogenesis and epidemiology, virology and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. The teaching team will include experts from medicine and research, and careers in these fields will be emphasised. Assessment will be via two pieces of coursework (an essay and oral presentation) and an exam.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BY506

Science Communication

Effective communication of scientific information to a wide audience is vital social, economic and political tool for society. This module will investigate modes and implementation of effective science communication through a series of workshops. Student will cover the spectrum of delivery methods in modern society including areas such as newspapers, museums, TV programmes and the World Wide Web. Students will also discover the challenges that ineffective communication can present through a series of interesting case studies.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6BY507

Vocational Module

Work experience and volunteering are two important routes to develop a fundamental understanding of issues related to employment within a chosen organisation. This module also has far reaching benefits in terms of providing valuable hands on experience and a platform for developing ideas outside of the taught curriculum. This module provides an opportunity for the student to undertake a placement within a company, voluntary body or public establishment and is designed for Level 6. The student has freedom to select an appropriate host organisation. By placing the module at level 6, the student should be able to undertake a project based on their knowledge and understanding at this higher level.

The project should be selected so as to generate benefit to the host organisation. An integral part of the student experience is the compilation of a report based on deep reflection of personal experiences acquired during the placement. The report should also reflect wider issues such as the objectives, structure and procedures of the host body and the role of volunteers within the organisation. This analysis must be of a depth commensurate with Level 6 study. The placement work must relate to the student’s degree programme but must have clear differentiation from their Independent Study project in respect of either location or topic.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6BY515

Applied Biosciences

The Applied Biosciences module builds directly on a range of aspects of general bioscience covered in first and second year modules, The design of this module allows you to choose 2 out of a number of sub-topics which may be related to specific skills of staff members and current issues in the biological sciences, allowing you to specialise in particular areas of bioscience , The module covers both theoretical and practical aspects of these topics giving you a well-rounded knowledge base on a variety of different areas.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6SO515

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. In particular, this module will look at the differences/similarities in dietary issues faced by western (i.e. USA/Canada) and eastern (African/Asian) populations.

As such, this module provides students with an understanding of the main determinants of key international nutritional issues such as malnutrition and/or obesity, methods of nutritional assessment and approaches to nutritional intervention in both developmental and emergency contexts. It covers global nutrition epidemiology and policy, as well as focusing on more practical field issues across different population groups at an international level.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

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.

Assessment

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
PortfolioN/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

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* 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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Careers

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

Optional costs not included in your fees

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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