University of Huddersfield

Medical Biology University of Huddersfield Degree level: Undergraduate


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The search for new ways to diagnose and treat diseases is one of the most challenging and exciting areas of science. On our Medical Biology BSc(Hons) degree course, you’ll have the chance to 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. If you want to make your mark on medical research and set yourself up to be part of the teams that could be making dramatic breakthroughs in the coming decades, studying with us could give you just the edge you need to succeed.

  • This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology -

  • In the early stages of the degree, you’ll study alongside our 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 with doctoral-level expertise in their subjects and experience across the biological sciences

  • In your third year, you’ll get the chance to step out of the classroom and into the real world on an optional placement year working for an organisation related to your areas of interest. This is when you’ll really be able to see your knowledge in action, pick up invaluable skills for your future career and boost your employability to help you hit the ground running after graduation

  • As a student on this course you’ll be able to apply for undergraduate membership of the Biochemical Society ( and The Physiological Society (UK)( You’ll also be eligible for student affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Biology ( and upon successful graduation be eligible to apply for one year associate membership (, this can help open up networks at a crucial time when applying for jobs

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details -

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
Molecular Aspects of Drug Action
Research Skills 2
Genomes and Evolution

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Cell Biology
Biochemistry 2
Epidemiology and Public Health

Year 3 - optional placement year

Final year
Core modules:
Research Project
Mechanisms and Pathology of Cancer and other Chronic Diseases
Immunology and Infection
Advanced Physiology

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Applied Molecular Genetics
Biochemistry 3 (Advanced Topics in Protein Science)
Medical Genetics

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.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in a relevant Science subject at A Level.
A level BBC including a grade B in a relevant 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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at grade C or above.
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits to include modules in a relevant science subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in a relevant science subject.

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) -

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages -

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

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,500 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

Fees may rise by RPI-X, which is set by the Government. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the exact amount of the 2020/21 tuition fees in the Spring of 2020 and will update these web pages accordingly. The University operates a fair fee policy which offers a guarantee about the costs of studying on your course. Please find out what's included in your tuition fee here - Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office ( or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Sponsorship information

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details -

Provider information

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University of Huddersfield

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School of Applied Science - Biology

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