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. 


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.

View Biomedical Science and Human Biology - your questions answered! video transcript

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
94%overall student satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Human Biology**National Student Survey 2020
94%of students satisfied with teaching on the course - BSc (Hons) Human Biology**National Student Survey 2020

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:

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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Live Subject Chats

Join us on Saturday 6 February for a day of Live Subject Chats. Ask our teaching team questions about the courses we offer, speak to Admissions advisors about applying and chat to current students about their experience.

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