Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
120 (September 2020 entry)
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Study a progressive, challenging course which focuses on the latest advances in medical research aimed at preventing ill health and prolonging life.
- This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, demonstrating quality and a high professional standard
- Biosciences at Derby is ranked number one in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback, Guardian University Guide 2020
- Gain a sound understanding of how the human body is regulated and the biological aspects of disease and illness
- Broaden your perspectives to explore how human health is impacted by environmental and socio-economic factors
- Develop a wide range of laboratory skills that will prove invaluable for careers in medical research, the NHS, health charities and biomedical industries
- Be inspired by a teaching team with extensive research experience in human health and disease
- Conduct your own major research project in biomedical health
- Tailor your degree to your career aspirations by selecting from a fascinating range of optional modules
Unlike more traditional biomedical science degrees, our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Health course covers the complex subject of human health in a holistic way. You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of the biomedical control of the human body but will also be introduced to essential concepts of public health.
No.1in the UK for student satisfaction in Biosciences with teaching and feedback*
We will provide you with a firm grounding in human physiology and anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, medical microbiology, human diseases and global health. This will enable you to understand the basis of human disease, diagnosis and treatment.
At the same time, you’ll explore how the biomedical regulation of the human body can be affected by a person’s physical wellbeing, their lifestyle choices, their environment, and the infectious diseases to which they can be exposed.
We will also deepen your awareness of the social, economic and governmental driving forces and policies which are transforming global public health.
A strong research focus
As the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Health course progresses, we place greater emphasis on relating the knowledge you have gained to scientific research. You will gain first-hand experience of laboratory research in the later stages of the course, conducting and reporting on substantial scientific investigations in a group and individually. You will also undertake an independent research study into a theme of your choice.
There is the opportunity to apply – on a competitive basis – to be involved in the scientific research being carried out by our human health team. This will give you an ideal preparation for your future career.
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.
You can hone your practical know-how in our newly-upgraded learning facilities. They include high-specification laboratories with modern instrumentation and specialist containment facilities for the growth and manipulation of bacteria and viruses as well as the sequencing and characterisation of DNA.
We have also opened a student research laboratory which gives you a dedicated space for your independent study project at the end of your degree.
Learn from leading experts
All of our Biomedical Health teaching team are active human health researchers as well as experienced teachers, so your studies will be informed by latest developments and innovative thinking.
The diversity of research projects underway is vast – covering 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.
Broaden your career perspectives
We’re committed to your professional and career development, drawing on our strong links with employers including hospital trusts, research institutions and biomedical companies. Your studies will be enriched by opportunities to visit different health care settings. In your second year, there is the chance to observe a post-mortem examination at Royal Derby Hospital.
The course includes sessions delivered by medical professionals and research scientists specialising in biomedical science and public health. These will not only update you on latest developments within the profession but also help you decide on your future career direction.
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 and you’ll have the opportunity to visit different health care environments. 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 your second year, 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.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
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September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
At least a C in Biology (and if possible Chemistry) at A-level (or equivalent qualification)
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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*
£1,155 per module*
£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
As a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Health graduate, you’ll be equipped with skills which put you at the forefront of advances in medical health. You’ll be well prepared for careers in medical research, health charities, medical and biotechnology industries and the government health sector. Your knowledge will also be invaluable in areas such as analytical consultancy, biological sales and scientific writing.
In addition, you’ll have a full complement of transferable skills – such as critical thinking, data analysis, report writing and communication – which are valued by Biomedical Health employers and will stand you in good stead in any profession.
This course is an excellent foundation if you want to progress to postgraduate degrees 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 your Independent Study - approximate cost is £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.