University of Derby Biology

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University of Derby Biology

University of Derby Biology, Our BSc (Hons) Biology course offers a wide range of subjects including microbiology, physiology, animal behaviour, genetics and wildlife conservation as well as cellular and evolutionary processes.

We also take your knowledge to an advanced level by exploring subjects such as bio-innovation, habitat management, genomics, oncology and immunology, tropical marine biology, science communication, and ecological consultancy.

Professional credibility

Royal Society of Biology

Our accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) follows an independent and rigorous assessment, ensuring that the degree provides a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge, key technical abilities, and transferrable skills.

This means that, when you graduate, you will meet the requirements for Associate Membership of the Society (AMSB), and after appropriate professional experience you can then apply for full membership, which is widely recognised throughout the industry and by potential employers.

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

We also have accredited degree pathway status by CIEEM which is the leading professional body for those who want to work in aspects of ecology. This assures the quality of the degree and ensures that our graduates have the knowledge and skills required by employers in this sector. The CIEEM accredited route in the Biology programme requires certain modules to be taken and passed, and graduates who do this are able to gain graduate membership of the organisation which then permits them to use the post-nominal letters “GradCIEEM”.

State-of-the-art laboratories

You can hone your practical skills in our newly-upgraded learning facilities. They include high-specification laboratories with modern instrumentation, a glasshouse with plants from diverse habitats, an insectory housing many different species and a brand new aquatic research facility.

Our dedicated student research laboratory gives you a dedicated space for your independent study project at the end of your degree.

Fascinating fieldtrips

Your studies won’t be confined to the laboratory. Fieldtrips are an essential part of the course to enhance your understanding of the natural environment. We are constantly broadening the range of fieldtrips we offer to our students.

Recent examples include visits to Burton Breweries, investigating plant adaptation at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, exploring how animals interact with each other at Twycross Zoo, and conducting ecological studies on a week-long residential in Majorca.

Partnerships that open doors for you

We work closely with organisations such as the Royal Derby Hospital, Sea Life, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Derby Museums, the Olive Ridley Project and Eurofins.

Such partnerships pave the way to work experience and internship opportunities where you can apply your skills in real world situations. They also give you access to field sites, employer-led projects and guest lectures – all of which broaden your perspective on the wealth of career opportunities open to Biology graduates.

Inspirational research

You’ll be taught by a highly qualified team who are supportive, friendly and approachable – keen to pass their knowledge on to you. They include active international researchers whose work is shaping debates in areas including ecology, entomology and biodiversity.

They publish influential papers, speak at global conferences, serve on the editorial boards of scientific journals and are in demand as media commentators.

Learn more about the work of our Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

Skills to take you far

We not only build your confidence in the subject of biology but also help you gain transferable skills to set you apart in the eyes of potential employers. The Independent Study module gives you the opportunity to research a project in depth and develops your ability to think for yourself.

You’ll also develop vital skills in communication, for example sharing your research at high-profile conferences or taking part in imaginative projects to bring science to life for the wider community.

See our Biological Sciences overview page for student case studies, fieldtrip videos, staff profiles and much more.

Entry requirements