University of Derby
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)
University of Derby

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • This course is also available with a Foundation Year option.

  • This course is available with an Industrial Placement Year.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 29 graduates of Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) at University of Derby for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Biomedical Sciences.

Overall student satisfaction
61 /100
29 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) at University of Derby

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £27500 £34000
25-75 percentile range £24000 - £27500 £24000 - £30500 £28000 - £37000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Biomedical Sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24010 £27000 £35000
25-75 percentile range £20530 - £26990 £20500 - £34500 £27500 - £44500

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Biomedical Science, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3


Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) at University of Derby

65% Other Health Professionals
15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
10% Caring personal services
5% Natural and social science professionals
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

We encourage you to outline all your qualifications and achievements in your application to provide us a full picture. Your offer will typically be based on your predicted and/or achieved grades from full level 3 qualifications or above e.g. A levels, BTEC Ext Diploma, Access to HE, etc. Any subject specifics are outlined below in the A-levels section, and these specifics are applicable across all equivalent qualifications. A strong application/performance and appropriate experience will be taken into account where typical criteria is not met.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

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

Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Must include passes in compulsory L3 subjects

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Biomedical Science, BSc (Hons).


Tuition Fees Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Ireland £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
EU £14045 year 1
International £14045 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Derby in top UK and global rankings.

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What students say about studying Biomedical Sciences in the UK?

  • Should YOU study Biomedical Science? What is Biomedical Science? | Biomeducated
  • What I Wish I Knew Before Studying Biomedical Science (UK)
  • Biomedical Sciences is NOT an alternative to Medicine: what I wish I knew + advice
  • Biology and Biomedical Science - The student experience - Why choose Ulster?
  • Biomedical Sciences Student Experience | Keya Meyers (MS/Biomed)
  • Biomedical Sciences Student - Day in the Life
  • ➜ 5 things you NEED to know about BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES!

About University of Derby

The University of Derby is a publicly owned university located in the city of Derby, England. The university’s main campus is in Allestree, a suburbian zone in Derby itself, and is situated directly opposite the popular Markeaton Park where many students enjoy going for a walk in their free time.

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Where is this programme taught

Derby Campus - Kedleston Road
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Main Site - Kedleston Road
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