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


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



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

You'll study modules such as:

  • 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 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.

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

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*

£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

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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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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