Biomedical Science and Human Biology Undergraduate Courses

Push the boundaries of medical science with a degree in biomedical science or human biology. Our challenging courses focus on the latest advances in medical research aimed at preventing ill health and prolonging life.

Work towards a scientific career with a focus on improving people's health and wellbeing, benefiting from the latest advances in medical research aimed at preventing ill health and prolonging life. 

  • Strong research focus: A teaching team made of active researchers, which will introduce you to the latest developments and innovative thinking. We place greater emphasis on relating the knowledge you have gained to scientific research, along with gaining the 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
  • Invaluable placement opportunities: Between stages two and three of the course, you can apply to work in the industry or undertake an internship. Previously our students have secured roles at the Leukaemia Research Foundation in London, Royal Derby Hospital, The Institute of Cancer Research in London and local pharmacies
  • State-of-the-art laboratories: Newly-upgraded learning facilities which 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
  • High professional standard: Benefit from quality learning with our BSc (Hons) Human Biology accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science

Biomedical Science and Human Biology - your questions answered

In the below video, Head of Discipline for Biomedical and Forensic Science, Dr Shivadas Sivasubramaniam, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about subject at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

Dr Shivadas Sivasubramaniam, Head of Discipline for Biomedical and Forensic Science.

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Agatha Stodolna in a laboratory

The internship provided me the essential skills in laboratory-based molecular research. This experience helped me to impress my supervisors at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, where I've collected data for my independent project.

Agata Stodolna
BSc (Hons) Human Biology graduate

Specialist facilities

Both courses give you access to 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.

In your second year, there is the chance to observe a post-mortem examination at Royal Derby Hospital. 

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.

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Human Science facilities

Study in modern and well-equipped surroundings, including our Class II biological containment suite where you’ll discover how to grow and manipulate bacteria and viruses.

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Professional Experience

Our courses offer 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 studies.

What our Biomedical Science and Human Biology graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • medical research
  • health charities
  • scientific writing
  • medical and biotechnology industry
  • health sector
Monica Erdos, Human Biology student

Human Biology: moving towards a career in cancer research

A research internship looking at ovarian cancer helped our Human Biology student Monica Erdos take a big step towards meeting her career goal of working in cancer research.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Make it Real
at Derby

Our students, graduates and staff are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. We can make it real for you.

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