Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year), 4 years (MSci) full-time
UCAS code: B150, B151 (with a placement year), C103 (MSci)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

On our Human Biology degree you'll learn, through experience-based activities in our purpose-built Science Centre, all about human function and dysfunction.

Our Human Biology degree is ideal if you are interested in the fascinating areas of human function and dysfunction. This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the human body, drawing upon fundamental principles of bioscience such as genetics, anatomy and physiology.

Appealing to students with a broad scientific interest, our Human Biology course will introduce the essentials of cellular, organ, tissue and systems biology, as well as covering areas such as reproductive biology and neurobiology. Based in our modern, purpose-built Science Centre, you’ll follow a core programme of practical exercises and workshops, supplemented with lecture material.

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Graduates receive one year’s free membership of the Society; this provides an excellent networking opportunities for graduates taking their first steps into professional employment.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Human Biology, MSc Human Biology

Professional body accreditation

The BSc (Hons) course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll cover the fine structure of cells, human anatomy, the biology of organisms, and biological processes. Developing a range of practical skills from microscopy to experimental design, you’ll also deliver presentations, prepare scientific posters and write reports to fine - tune your communication skills.

Years 2 and 3, will see you combine theory with practice to emphasise human physiological systems, behaviour and genetics. You’ll also cover specialist topics such as Neurobiology and Neuropharmacology. Optional modules include topics such as Public Health and Toxicology.

The Professional Practice and Placement module will give you the skills to become a scientific problem-solver. You’ll develop these skills in your final year project, where you’ll carry out research into a specific area of interest.

We offer an integrated Masters MSci course for those wishing to study an advanced qualification. You’ll cover research methods and specialist topics, gain hands-on experience of advanced techniques and undertake a substantial research assistantship or placement. Completion of the MSci will help you move directly into research and related careers in biomedicine and in the biopharmaceutical industry.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Building Blocks of Life Compulsory
Comparative Behaviour Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Building Blocks of Life Compulsory
Biology of Disease Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Molecular Genetics Compulsory
Neuroscience Compulsory
Infection Science Optional
Biochemistry and Blood Science Optional
Drug Discovery, Design and Synthesis Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Physiological Function Compulsory
Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology Compulsory
Public Health Optional
Cell Biology and Immunology Optional
Characterisation and Analysis of Drugs Optional
Medicinal Plants Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Neuropharmacology Compulsory
Contemporary Issues in Bioscience Optional
Cellular Pathology Optional
Human Infectious Disease Optional
Toxicology Optional
Clinical Immunology Optional
Drug Testing, Trials and Legislation Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Neurobiology Compulsory
Contemporary Issues in Bioscience Optional
Medical Genetics Optional
Clinical Biochemistry Optional
Haematology and Transfusion Science Optional
Clinical Case Study Optional
Drug Formulation and Delivery Optional
Global Pharmaceutical Industry Optional

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Research Methods Compulsory
Advanced Biological Techniques Compulsory
Specialist Topics in the Biosciences Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Biological Research Assistantship or Life Sciences Placement Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.