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
If you’d like a scientific career where you can focus on improving people’s health and wellbeing, our BSc (Hons) Human Biology course is the ideal starting point.
- Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this course demonstrates quality and sets 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
- Build up-to-date bioscience skills which are important for careers in medical research, the NHS, health charities and biomedical industries
- Develop your understanding of infectious and genetic diseases, as well as the impact that lifestyle choices have on health
- Tailor your course to your own interests by choosing from a broad selection of specialist modules in bioscience, psychology and sport science
- Benefit from our strong links with organisations like the Royal Derby Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research in London
- Strengthen your employability through work placements, internships and projects where you can assist in the University’s human health research – all opportunities which are offered on a competitive basis
- Work alongside an academic team who are recognised nationally and internationally for high-quality teaching and research
Human biology is crucial to developments in medicine, sports science, nutrition and mental health – and this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career at the forefront of those developments.
Our undergraduate human biology course has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive and clear understanding of the human body, drawing upon fundamental principles of bioscience such as anatomy, genetics and physiology.
It also encompasses psychology and the science of sport and exercise to help you appreciate how the body functions in both health and disease.
Your studies will address some of the most pressing health concerns facing society today, such as dementia, cancer and obesity. We examine how these affect the body and how diseases can impact an individual’s mental as well as physical wellbeing.
As part of the course, you’ll have the chance to focus on the areas that enthuse you most. Optional modules in bioscience, sport science and psychology enable you to tailor your studies to match your interests and career ambitions. In your final year, you’ll also advance an in-depth research project into a human health theme of your choosing.
No.1in the UK for student satisfaction in Biosciences with teaching and feedback*
Tailor your degree
You can adapt your studies to suit your chosen career path while gaining a greater understanding of how the body functions. We offer a range of optional modules in bioscience, sport science and psychology to enable you to focus on areas that interest you most. In your final year, you’ll undertake an in-depth research project into a human health theme which matches your interests and aspirations.
Invaluable placement opportunities
You can apply to work in industry or undertake an internship between stages two and three of the course. This is not only an excellent preparation for your final-stage studies but also the ideal opportunity to add substance to your CV, boost your future prospects and develop the broader professional skills demanded by employers today. Previously our students have secured roles at the Leukaemia Research Foundation in London, Royal Derby Hospital and local pharmacies.
Through the competitive research internships, four of our current students have worked with Dr Gillian Knight 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 will 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 researchers
Our human biology teaching team are active human health researchers, so your studies will be informed by latest developments and innovative thinking in areas such as human health and disease, delivery of health services and public health policies.
The diversity of research projects under way 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; antibiotic resistance bacteria in healthy individuals; and the health effects of entertainment noise.
You could apply to help with the team’s research projects, which will deepen your understanding and give you an ideal preparation for your future career.
Broaden your perspectives
We’re committed to your professional and career development. Guest speakers will add an extra dimension to your learning experience. We also have a vibrant Human Biology Society, established and run by students, which organises monthly guest lectures by notable academics on topical subjects. The inaugural lecture covered research into the environmental health conditions in the Calais refugee camps.
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.
You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, and e-learning, supported by hands-on laboratory practicals. We’ve recently updated our science laboratories and developed a student research laboratory to provide you with the equipment and facilities to channel your scientific curiosity.
No single assessment style suits everyone, so we take a diverse approach across the different modules. You’re assessed using a range of written assignments (including data analysis, portfolios, and practical reports), computer-based assessments, poster and seminar presentations.
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 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
Our degree equips you with highly relevant and up-to-date skills that are important for careers in the NHS, health charities, medical research and biomedical industries.
It also builds your transferable skills which will be invaluable if you decide to pursue other scientific or analytical roles in areas such as scientific sales, medicine, dentistry and scientific writing.
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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 consumables being costed for the Independent Study and 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 textbook - approximate cost is £60
- If a DBS check is needed for the purposes of a module or programme related work placement
- Travel to work experience/placements - cost is dependent on your placement venue of choice
- Membership of the Human Biology society - approximate cost is £10
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.