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Life Sciences

A career in science is challenging, but the rewards are huge – you will be at the forefront of the latest medical discoveries and have the chance to help others.


DMU is home to internationally-excellent research which has the potential to change people’s lives around the world.

On the Life Sciences IYZ, you will be given a thorough grounding in human biology and chemistry to ensure you have the skills and expertise to continue your degree.

With access to the university’s state-of-the-art laboratories, you will study of how the body works and learn about the micro-organisms which cause infection as well as how disease is treated.

Expect to develop your scientific and critical skills as you begin your career in biomedical sciences at DMU.


Functions of Cells and Tissues

This module aims to introduce you to the basic concepts of anatomy, histology and physiology as an integrated experience of theory and laboratory observation. Topics covered include cellular anatomy, cellular function and how cells form tissues, the physiological function of tissues and the form and function of tissues.

Basic Microbiology for Biomedical Science

This module introduces you to aspects of fundamental microbiology required for the study of Biomedical Science and Medical Sciences at undergraduate level. You will learn the range, characteristics and properties of micro-organisms. These features are used to begin to discuss the importance of micro-organisms to man, particularly in relation to infection, disease and the control of micro-organisms.

Introductory Biochemistry

This module aims to provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of biochemistry needed for specialist medical, biomedical and science degrees offered by DMU. Basic biochemical processes and concepts relevant to disease and human health are explored.

Chemical Principles

This module is designed to introduce you to basic chemical theories which underpin biological activity; the energy and thermodynamics of chemical systems; functional groups and their interconversion; the shapes of selected molecules and their stereochemical relationships and complex compounds and ions.

Introduction to Psychology*

This module introduces you to the main theoretical approaches and perspectives in the study of Psychology.  You are introduced to psychological and physiological explanations of cognition and human behaviour.  Historical developments, treatments and therapies of related case studies such as depression, stress, mental illness and schizophrenia will be considered in context of contemporary issues.

Government and Society*

This module will give you an excellent introduction to the political and social structures of the UK, including the impact of the EU.  There will be a historical element highlighting how Britain has changed and developed since 1945.  Central and Local Government, elections and voting, class, ethnicity and gender and the media are also covered in this module.

* Students continuing to degrees in Psychology choose the following modules: 

  • Functions of Cells and Tissues
  • Introductory Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Government and Society

Additional modules include:

  • Study Skills I (Introduction to DMU)
  • Study Skills II (Information Technology and Numeracy)
  • Study Skills III (Communication)
  • English for Academic Purposes


 Undergraduate degree options
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)
Criminology BA (Hons)
Criminology with Psychology BA (Hons)

Criminal Investigation and Policing Studies BA (Hons)

Forensic Science BSc (Hons)
Speech and Language Therapy BSc (Hons)*
Medical Science BMedSci (Hons)
Nutrition BSc (Hons)
Psychology BSc (Hons)
Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons)
Psychology with Education Studies BSc (Hons)
Psychology with Health and Wellbeing in Society BSc (Hons)
*Additional entry requirements apply.