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Human Biology

Professional body accreditation

Royal Society of Biology

91% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2017

Easy to personalise

Choose modules which suit you in years two and three

UCAS code:
B150
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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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, £30 million 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 the following award: BSc (Hons) Human Biology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Human Biology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Human Biology

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll cover the the fundamentals of biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, behaviour and disease. 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, you will further develop your knowledge of physiology and genetics and in addition the course will cover areas of neuroscience and reproductive biology and neuropharmacology. There is a wide range of optional modules which will give you the opportunity to choose an area which meets your interests and career aspirations.

The Professional Practice and Placement module will allow you to develop the personal and employability skills you need 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. 

In Year 1, you’ll cover the the fundamentals of biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, behaviour and disease. 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, you will further develop your knowledge of physiology and genetics and in addition the course will cover areas of neuroscience and reproductive biology and neuropharmacology. There is a wide range of optional modules which will give you the opportunity to choose an area which meets your interests and career aspirations.

The Professional Practice and Placement module will allow you to develop the personal and employability skills you need 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. 

The fourth year of the MSci covers 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.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Royal Society of Biology

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Royal Society of Biology

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Bioscience Concepts and Practice
Structure and Function
Building Blocks of Life
Comparative Behaviour
Biology of Disease
Year 2 compulsory modules
Professional Practice and Placement
Molecular Genetics
Physiological Function
Neuroscience
Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology
Drug, Design and Delivery
Year 3 compulsory modules
Research Project
Neuropharmacology
Neurobiology
Year 4 compulsory modules
Advanced Research Methods
Advanced Biological Techniques
Specialist Topics in the Biosciences
Biological Research Assistantship or Life Sciences Placement

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science

Typical UCAS Offer: 128 points

  • A levels: ABB, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DDM Applied Science

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our Human Biology degree work in a variety of roles, including teaching, dentistry and physiotherapy.

Many of our graduates go on to complete higher degrees, in areas such as nutrition. 

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by a 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 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Pauline Gowland
Dr Pauline GowlandCourse Leader

Pauline’s expertise focuses on general microbiology, medical microbiology, and antimicrobial agents.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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