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Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

University of Derby

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Place yourself at the forefront of medical research advances. Your knowledge of human disease, diagnosis and treatment will equip you for roles in the NHS, health charities and the biomedical sector.


ACCREDITATION: The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. This degree will fast-track your journey towards registration as a biomedical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE: This course focuses on the latest advances in medical research aimed at preventing ill-health and prolonging life. We will provide you with a firm grounding in biomedical science, human anatomy and physiology, the chemistry of life, molecular biology, and human diseases, helping you to understand the basis of human disease, diagnosis and treatment.

BROAD UNDERSTANDING: As well as exploring human health and the diseases that affect the normal processes in the human body, including their diagnosis. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to understand the operation of human organisms through subjects like clinical chemistry, immunology, microbiology, histology, clinical genetics, pathology and cancer biology.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: 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. 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.

FACILITIES: Develop vital scientific skills 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. You'll use a range of analytical and biomedical equipment such as Scanning Electron Microscope, Gas Chromatography and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

EXPERT TEACHING: All of our Biomedical Science teaching team are active human health researchers as well as experienced teachers, so your studies will be informed by the latest developments and innovative thinking.

WHAT YOU'LL COVER: As the course progresses, we place greater emphasis on relating the knowledge you have gained to scientific research. You will gain first-hand experience of laboratory research on the course, conducting and reporting on substantial scientific investigations. You'll be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and laboratory practical experience.

HOW YOU'RE ASSESSED: You’re assessed using a range of written assignments, including laboratory reports on experiments, essays, case studies, independent research, as well as computer-based assessments, presentations and practical assessments and seminar presentations.

YOUR CAREER: As one of our graduates, you’ll be equipped with skills which put you at the forefront of advances in medical science. 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. This course is an excellent foundation if you want to progress to postgraduate degrees in subjects such as medicine and dentistry.

STUDY OPTIONS: This course is also available with a Foundation Year option. This course is available with an Industrial Placement Year.

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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£ 14,045per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BBC - BBB

At least a Grade C or above in a Science-based subject including Biology, Human Biology or Applied Science.


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University information

University of Derby

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  • Campus address

    University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, England

The award-winning international team offers guidance from initial enquiry to graduation and beyond.
There are a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students.
The University of Derby has around 1,700 students from 100 countries, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    70th out of 77

  • Entry standards

    / Max 225
    120 55%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%


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