University of Huddersfield

Medical Biology with Research Placement University of Huddersfield Degree level: Undergraduate


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Explore cellular biology and molecular genetics and lay down the foundations for a fulfilling career in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry or other healthcare specialism on our Medical Biology with Research Placement BSc(Hons) degree. The search for new ways to diagnose and treat diseases is one of the most challenging and exciting areas of science. Studying with us could be your first step to becoming part of the teams that could be making dramatic breakthroughs in the coming decades.

This course follows the same framework as the Medical Biology BSc(Hons) degree, but with the additional benefit of having Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. When you’ve successfully completed this degree, you'll also be able to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB).* So if you’d like to study on a course with a supported research placement in the third year and an independent seal of approval, then the Medical Biology with Research Placement BSc(Hons) could be a great choice for you.

In the early stages of this course, you’ll study alongside other biological sciences students on certain modules, building up your knowledge to enable you to investigate advanced topics further down the line. Topics such as molecular genetics, immunology and cancer.

Through lectures, seminars and specialised lab sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from our expert staff who all have doctoral-level expertise in their subjects and experience across the biological sciences. During your research placement in the third year, you’ll really be able to put your knowledge to the test, pick up invaluable skills for your future career and boost your employability to help you hit the ground running after graduation. And as an extra bonus to add to your CV, if you choose to study on this course you'll be able to sign up for student undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK).

Course details


Year 1 Core modules: Molecular and Cellular Biology; Biochemistry 1; Chemical and Physical Principles of Biology; Physiology 1: Structure and Function; The World of Microbes; Research Skills. Year 2 Core modules: Molecular Biology; Physiology 2: Control and Integration; Medical Pharmacology; Epidemiology and Public Health; Research Skills 2. Option modules: choose one from a list which may include - Cell Biology; Biochemistry 2; Genomes and Evolution. Year 3 - research placement year - supervised Research Experience - the aim of this module is to encourage you to apply your knowledge, skills and techniques gained during the first two years of your degree to your own supervised research project in a professional research environment. The placement is usually 48 weeks in duration.
Final year Core modules: Research Project; Cancer Biology; Immunology and Infection; Medical Genetics. Option modules: choose one from a list which may include - Applied Molecular Genetics; Genomics; Advanced Physiology.

Assessment method

Assessment will include written exams, multiple choice questions, problem solving exercises, oral presentations and assessment of laboratory skills. The final year research project contributes to your degree classification.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C132
Institution code H60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB including a minimum grade B in Chemistry and one other Science subject. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

In addition you must have GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0) (

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements (

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The fees detailed are the fees agreed for 17/18. These may be subject to an inflationary rise in 18/19.

Sponsorship information

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details - Please see our website for full details of the scholarship

Provider information

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University of Huddersfield

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 1484 473867

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