University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate

Human Biology

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Course summary

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Human biology is crucial to developments in areas such as medicine, sports science, nutrition and mental health – this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career at the forefront of those developments. KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE:

  • RANKINGS: Biosciences at Derby is ranked number one in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback (Guardian University Guide 2020). 94% of our BSc (Hons) Human Biology students are satisfied with the course, and 94% are satisfied with the teaching on the course (National Student Survey 2020).
  • ACCREDITATION: This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, reflecting its high quality.
  • IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE: Our course has been designed to provide you with a clear understanding of the human body, drawing upon fundamental principles of bioscience such as anatomy, genetics and physiology. 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.
  • TAILORED TO YOU: There are plenty of opportunities to tailor your studies to match your personal interests and career aspirations through our wide selection of optional modules.
  • RAISE YOUR PROFILE IN INDUSTRY: Between your second and third years, you can apply to work in industry or undertake an internship. Previously, our students have secured roles at the Leukaemia Research Foundation in London, Royal Derby Hospital and local pharmacies. Experiences such as these will enhance your CV.
  • RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Our human biology teaching team are active human health researchers - you could apply to help with their research to deepen your understanding of the subject and your career direction.
  • REAL WORLD EXPERIENCES: We’re committed to your professional and career development. Your studies will be enriched by opportunities to visit working laboratories and health care settings which will give you important insights into careers in the health science sector.
WHAT YOU'LL COVER:
  • You will study modules ranging from chemistry and molecular biology to anatomy, physiology and genetics. In your final year, you’ll undertake an in-depth research project into a human health theme which matches your interests and career aspirations.
HOW YOU'RE ASSESSED:
  • 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.
YOUR CAREER:
  • 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.
STUDY OPTIONS:
  • This course is also available with a Foundation Year option.
  • This course is available with an Industrial Placement Year.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeC101
Institution code D39
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc including at least a grade C at A level in Biology (or equivalent qualification). We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. 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.
A level BBB At least a grade C at A level in Biology
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits M: 24 credits P: 6 credits Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Must include passes in compulsory L3 subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test (SELT) at CEFR level B2 or above


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Human Biology at University of Derby - UCAS