Course details

Study options

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

UCAS points

120 (September 2021 entry)

UCAS code

C113

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

The highlights

This is a progressive, challenging course which focuses on the latest advances in medical research aimed at preventing ill health and prolonging life. The devastating COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for skills in this area, so this degree is highly relevant right now and you can expect to have strong career prospects.

Biomedical Science is a broad discipline of modern medical science. It is all about understanding human health and the diseases that affect the normal processes in the human body, including their diagnosis. On this degree you'll gain the skills and knowledge to understand the operation of human organisms through subjects like clinical chemistry, immunology, microbiology, histology, clinical genetics, molecular biology, pathology and cancer biology.

Training you for research

During the programme, you will gain an understanding of biomedical investigations, diagnosis, monitoring and disease treatment. There's a strong focus on laboratory research and you will gain first-hand experience of this from year one. You will have access to a student research laboratory and regularly get the chance to conduct scientific investigations — sometimes in a group and sometimes on your own. You will also need to report your findings to others, including at a student conference attended by employers.

As well as giving you this practical experience, we will of course teach you the essential underpinning knowledge around research governance, ethics, and good scientific practice. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate the research skills you have amassed, with an independent study into an area of your choice. This will be a lab-based study or one that uses clinical data.

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Our Human Sciences Research Centre conducts theoretical and applied research into the prevention and treatment of diseases and into improvements to the quality of life for people of all ages.

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Expert teaching

All of our Biomedical Science teaching team are active human health researchers as well as experienced teachers. This means that in your lectures, practicals, and seminars they will be able to draw upon and discuss some of the latest findings and innovative thinking from the field. You will also hear from NHS professionals and other external speakers.

Our tutors are currently carrying out collaborative research in areas such as:

As a Biomedical Science student, you will be able to apply for competitive research internships and if you're successful, you'll find yourself assisting with influential studies with academic staff. This will be valuable experience and make a great addition to your CV.

Specialist facilities

You will be able to use a range of analytical and biomedical equipment including:

We also have new molecular and cellular biology laboratories. These will help us conduct in vitro cell/tissue culture based investigations, so we can understand the pathophysiology and establish effect treatment strategies against cancer, age-related disorders (such as dementia), diabetes, pre-eclampsia and more.

Preparing for your future career 

We’re focused just as much on your professional and career development as your academic progress. We have regular employability sessions within modules as well as events such as the annual Bioscience and Forensic Science Employability Conference, employer forums, and placement year events.

We also have strong links with employers including hospital trusts, research institutions and biomedical companies. These links will really help when you're looking for work experience or internship opportunities. Everyone is expected to complete at least 30 hours of work experience in their second year, but on top of that you could choose to take a year in industry between years two and three of your course. This would super-charge your employability and your career prospects after graduation. We can help you find a placement and provide support during your year away.

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What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2 Year 2 Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

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: 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: 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: 4BY535

Clinical Genetics

The module aims to provide a broad introduction to, and basic understanding of, the key concepts in classical and molecular genetics. The content will cover the range of cellular and organismal genetics and show how classical genetics, together with the latest developments in molecular genetics, are being applied to the problems of how genes in different species are organised, expressed and interact to give the final phenotype. 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: 4BY536

Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

The aim of this module is to introduce the basic concepts of modern Biomedical science as a scientific discipline suited for NHS and other careers. The module will focus on principles of professional biomedical practice in different disciplines and provide an insight into the role of biomedical scientist. It will also define and discuss the role of accrediting, regulatory and professional bodies (such as IBMS and HCPC).
20 Credits
core
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
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY542

Professional Practice in Biomedical Science

The module aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge on increased role of automation in the NHS laboratories including point of care testing. Emphasis will also be given on the role of clinical research in medicine and the importance of bioethics in research as well as patient care pathways. It will also introduce advances in diagnostic and therapeutic with the advent of genomics (including pharmacogenomics), proteomics, and personalised medicine.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY543

Basic Microbiology

The aim of the module is to introduce the basic concepts of microbiology. In this module, the students will learn the structure and basic growth requirements and control of microorganisms, and medically important and environmental bacteria, fungi, virus, protozoa and helminths. There will be an introduction to host-pathogen interaction and important microbes in public health. Use of aseptic techniques will be covered in practical laboratory classes.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY544

Clinical Immunology

This module will introduce the students to molecular and cellular mechanisms/events of immunity. It will further explore and the pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases and immunodeficiency syndromes. In addition, the module will analyse immunological basis of cancer and explore immune response to infectious agents and cancer.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5BY545

Diagnostic Molecular Biology

The module covers both theoretical and practical aspects of Diagnostic Molecular Biology including population genetics, polymorphism, gene expression and regulation with examples from numerous methodologies including DNA extraction, PCR, RTPCR and structural and functional genomics. A range of skills will be developed which are directly relevant to the workplace. The Diagnostic Molecular Biology module builds directly on a range of aspects of genetics covered in the first-year modules; particularly ‘Clinical Genetics’ and ‘Chemistry for Life’.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5BY546

Haematology and transfusion science

This module aims to deliver basic and specialist knowledge through lectures, practical and case studies on haematology and transfusion science subject. Students will learn about different haematological disease, their laboratory diagnosis, blood donation, donor screening, use of blood components and principles and techniques in haematology and transfusion laboratory.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Practical

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

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
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BY529

Medical Microbiology

This module will provide a comprehensive understanding of disease-causing microbes, including their spread, pathogenicity, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. The module will focus on public health concerns with rapid evolution of drug-resistant variants and hospital-acquired infections. Particular emphasis will be given to advanced techniques used in clinical practice and research.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6BY530

Clinical Biochemistry

The module is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge on metabolic and clinical aspect of diseases (with selected examples). Students will gain in-depth understanding on the development and application of analytical techniques used for diagnosis and monitoring of diseases.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Practical

Code: 6BY531

Cellular Pathology

The module will introduce students to key concepts, techniques and current laboratory practice in cellular pathology (Histopathology and Cytopathology). They will study disease is organs, tissues and cells (such as inflammation, hypersensitivity, cancer etc.) and understand the role of biomedical science in diagnosis, assessment and treatment of disease.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BY993

Research Project

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 the 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

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

We use a good variety of teaching methods including:

You will also learn through work placements, internships or your year in industry, if you choose to do one. 

How you are assessed

Assessments vary depending on the module but we use a range of assessment methods, including:

 

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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Entry requirements

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a grade C or above in either chemistry, human biology or biology

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (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.

International qualifications will also be considered on an individual basis in consultation with NARIC guidelines.

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

2021/22 Fees

Fees for entry in the 2021/22 academic year have not been confirmed yet.

As soon as the fees have been confirmed, they will be displayed on our course pages.

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How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

You will graduate with skills that put you at the forefront of advances in medical health. Biomedical science is key to any healthcare science and allows you to pursue a career in a broad range of fields, such as clinical sciences, pharmaceutical science, and biomedical research. However, thanks to the focus on employability and interpersonal skills within this programme, you won't be limited to a clinical role.

You’ll be well prepared for jobs such as:

You will gain valuable transferable skills, including:

These will be useful for any professional role and are sought-after by employers. 

Boosting your employability

We recommend making the most of our Careers and Employment Service from day one of your course, so you leave with an impressive CV as well as a high-quality degree. This team can help you find opportunities for work placements, part-time jobs and volunteering, and also offer you career guidance and practical tips. Better still, you can use this service for up to three years after you graduate.

Further study

After graduating from this course, you could gain graduate entry on to programmes like physician associate studies, medicine or dentistry, or move on to a postgraduate research degree such as an MSc/MRes or PhD. We now offer our MSc Biomedical Health programme, which will provide an in-depth understanding of biomedical regulation of the human body and how this is impacted by disease, and also our MRes Molecular Medicine programme that will help you to develop the key skills you need for a research career.

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Additional information about your studies

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.

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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