- Explore the latest advances in medical research
- Deepen your understanding of how the human body is regulated and the biological aspects of disease and illness
- Investigate how human health is impacted by environmental and socio-economic factors
- Consider global control measures designed to prevent ill health and prolong life
- Develop advanced 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 match your future career path
You could also consider our three-year BSc (Hons) Biomedical Health.
The MSci takes you on a journey from undergraduate to postgraduate learning, giving you greater opportunities to develop advanced research skills and specialist knowledge.
What is an integrated masters?
This is a four-year course which incorporates undergraduate study and leads to a masters qualification. It is also an excellent way to fund postgraduate study: student loan funding is available for all four years of your full-time study.
The first two years of the MSci are taught alongside our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Health. At the end of the second year, you can continue to progress on the MSci route as long as you have achieved the appropriate grades.
In your third year you will undertake a research project where you can focus on a particular area of biomedical or public health. You can select from a range of modules so that you can tailor your degree to reflect your career aspirations. In your fourth year you will then specialise in your chosen area and undertake a substantial independent study at masters level.
We will provide you with a firm grounding in human physiology and anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, medical microbiology, human diseases, environmental health 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 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 course progresses, we place greater emphasis on relating the knowledge you have gained to scientific research. You will gain extensive experience of cutting-edge biotechnology methods in the later stages of the course, conducting and reporting on substantial scientific investigations in a group and individually.
You will hone your skills in our newly-upgraded learning facilities. They include high-specification laboratories with modern instrumentation. We have also opened a student research laboratory which gives you a dedicated space for your independent study projects.
Learn from leading experts
Our 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.
The course includes sessions delivered by medical professionals and research scientists specialising in biomedical science, public health and environmental health. These will not only update you on latest developments within the profession but also help you decide on your future career direction.
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 Human 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
You’ll choose from the following 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 an 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
- Independent Studies in Bioscience - You will undertake an independent piece of work of your choosing (subject to approval)
- 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
You’ll choose from the following modules:
- The Human Genome - You will develop your understanding of the molecular evolution of DNA sequences, bioinformatics and genomics
- 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
You’ll study this module:
- Independent Scholarly Activity in Bioscience - This research module can be lab based or questionnaire based studies. It will involve looking into using people for data collection
You’ll choose from the following modules:
- Bioinnovation - Covers Biotechnology and research knowledge such as research law and intellectual property
- Health Protection and Intervention Strategies - Develop an appreciation of natural and man-made hazards present in the environment and their impact on public health
- Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease - Investigates key diseases such as oncology, diabetes, dementia, obesity and bacterial and viral infection
- Essential Public Health (online) - Introduces public health and public health policies
- Global, Environmental and Public Health Issues - Covers the key environmental and public health issues that are influencing global health e.g. water purity, air pollution, noise pollution, but also global disease such as malaria and ebola
- Translational Oncology - Explores oncology to a masters level and then covers how clinical trials are conducted, such as NHS ethics, understanding correct sample size, methodology development, clinical trial data analysis
- Cell Signalling in Health and Disease - 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
- 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
- Biomedical Biotechnology - Takes the Bioinnovation module to masters levels. Continues with the importance of intellectual property (IP) and research development. This will cover key biomedical lab techniques, such as qPCR, western blotting and molecular cloning, but also how microbial laboratory techniques are undertaken to push forward the fast moving area of Bioinnovation
- Practical Training Based Placement Module - Provides links between theory and problem-solving through practical applications at host organisations
Please note that modules are subject to change
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.
How you will be assessed
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||128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
At least a C in Biology 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 qualitications
- 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.
As a biomedical health graduate, you’ll be equipped with skills which put you at the forefront of advances in medical health – and the MSci qualification adds real substance to your CV, giving you an edge in the job market.
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 employers and will stand you in good stead in any profession.
This course is also an excellent foundation if you want to progress to further postgraduate qualifications in subjects such as medicine and dentistry.
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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, 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
- 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 Independent Study - approximate cost is £12 for your undergraduate study. For your postgraduate study, two bound copies of MSc Independent study are needed - approximate cost is also £12
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Recommended textbook- approximate cost is £60
- You may need to undertake a DBS check- approx costs £50
- You may wish to become a member of the Human Biology Society - approximate cost is £10
- 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.
This is a new course so the data displayed via Unistats is for students studying in another subject area.