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
- This course will receive accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology on graduation of its first cohort in 2018, demonstrating quality and a high professional standard
- Choose a route designed especially for people who have the ability and ambition to study for a degree in Biomedical Health but may not meet the entry requirements to join our BSc (Hons) directly
- 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.
Fulfil your potential with a foundation year
Our foundation year delivers an excellent introduction to the subject of biomedical health and puts you on the pathway to achieving a respected and valuable honours degree in four years. The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Health with Foundation Year is particularly useful for students who might be reconsidering their original choice of subject or career direction. It also opens up new opportunities for anyone who cannot meet the entry requirements to join our three-year honours degree programme directly.
As part of the foundation year, you’ll cover key subjects which will smooth your progress in your studies. These include the fundamentals of sport and exercise, human behaviour, human anatomy and physiology, cellular biology and chemistry. Sessions in scientific study skills, research and data handling will also boost your confidence.
This type of degree is continuous, which means you won’t have to apply again for the full BSc (Hons) once you have completed the foundation year. Throughout, you’ll enjoy all the advantages of being a University of Derby student, including the outstanding student support for which we are renowned.
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.
You'll study modules such as:
- 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
- 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
Industrial Placement Year (optional)
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.
- Independent Studies in Bioscience - You will undertake an independent piece of work of your choosing (subject to approval)
- 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
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 2019 typical entry requirements
|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.
|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.
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 costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art 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
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.