Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

C110

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

 Study a progressive, challenging course which focuses on the latest advances in medical research aimed at preventing ill health and prolonging life.

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.

In-depth understanding

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.

“What about me” is a short educational film about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and is designed to provide a greater understanding about HPV and the links to head and neck cancer

State-of-the-art laboratories

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. 

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What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3Industrial Placement YearIndustrial Placement Year

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: 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

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

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 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.

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 points120 (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 GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
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*

£1,155 per module*

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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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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

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

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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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