Human Biology (2016 Entry)

Course type: Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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Course Overview

Our course is ideal if you’re interested in biology but are looking for a particular focus on the human body and how we’ve adapted to our environment.

This course provides a broad understanding of the physiology of the body’s major systems as well as human health and disease. You might explore the impact of nutrition and the environment on health, how humans in turn impact on the environment, and human evolution. Keele’s multidisciplinary approach puts human biology in context, so you’ll have input from experts ranging from clinicians to nutritionists, physiotherapists, geographers and conservation biologists. There are opportunities for studying abroad and for work experience; you could even add in a year’s industrial placement to create a four year degree.

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Human Biology. 

First year

Core modules:  

  • Introduction to Human Physiology 
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Human Physiology and Pathology 

Second year 

Core modules:  

  • Human Genetics 
  • Research and Analytical Skills  

Elective modules:  

  • Development and Evolution of Nervous Systems
  • Human Impacts on the Environment
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Microbes, Viruses and Parasites
  • Nutrition and Energy Balance
  • Health and the Environment
  • Learning and Memory

Third year 

Core modules: 

  • Experimental Project - Independent Study Project (ISP) (single) OR 
  • Non-experimental Project - ISP (single) OR 
  • Dissertation - ISP (single) OR 
  • Double Experimental Project – ISP OR 
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement - ISP (single) OR 
  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement - ISP 

Electives modules 

  • Behavioural Neurobiology 
  • Human Parasitology 
  • Conservation Biology 
  • Advances in Medicine 
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease 
  • Human Evolution
  • Biology of Disease
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Regeneration and Repair of the Nervous System
  • Special Senses

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Human Biology. 

First year

Core modules:  

  • Introduction to Human Physiology 
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Human Physiology and Pathology 

Second year 

Core modules:  

  • Human Genetics 
  • Research and Analytical Skills  

Elective modules:  

  • Development and Evolution of Nervous Systems
  • Human Impacts on the Environment
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Microbes, Viruses and Parasites
  • Nutrition and Energy Balance
  • Health and the Environment
  • Learning and Memory

Third year 

Core modules:  

  • Experimental Project - Independent Study Project (ISP) (single) OR 
  • Non-experimental Project - ISP (single) OR 
  • Dissertation - ISP (single) OR 
  • Double Experimental Project – ISP OR 
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement - ISP (single) OR 
  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement - ISP  

Electives modules  

  • Behavioural Neurobiology 
  • Human Parasitology 
  • Conservation Biology 
  • Advances in Medicine 
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease 
  • Human Evolution
  • Biology of Disease
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Regeneration and Repair of the Nervous System
  • Special Senses 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 35%
  • Guided independent study – 65%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 30%
  • Guided independent study – 70% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 18%
  • Guided independent study – 82%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Graduates from this programme have opportunities in a wide range of fields, with career paths in science, health, industry or the media. You might become a nutritionist, dietitian, health promotion specialist, clinical molecular geneticist, counsellor, adult nurse, sports therapist, or technical author. Alternatively, you could pursue opportunities in postgraduate research, teacher training, occupational therapy, journalism, nursing or medicine.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Human Biology with Foundation Year: CF10 View KIS Stats

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Study abroad

On the Human Biology Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Accreditation

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This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an idependant and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

The Royal Society of Biology which is the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. The Society represents over 16,000 biologists from all areas of the life sciences, as well as over 100 organisations which make up the diverse landscape of biology in the UK and overseas. The Royal Society of Biology offers members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology.

Whichever area of biology you wish to gain a career in, membership will help you:

  • Stay up to date with what is happening across the life sciences
  • Gain additional recognition for your skills and experience
  • Develop your professional network
  • Demonstrate your support for the future of biology

Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology; thereby opening up networks at a time when you are perhaps applying for your first employment.

*The following courses are formally accredited:

  • BSc (Hons) Human Biology (Major Route)
  • BSc (Hons) Human Biology (Major Route) with Applied Life Sciences Placement
  • BSc (Hons) Human Biology (Major Route) with Study Abroad

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Our typical offer for 2017 entry is ABB-BBB.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Introduction to Human Physiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Human Physiology and Pathology

Second year

  • Human Genetics
  • Nutrition and Energy Balance
  • Health and the Environment
  • Research and Analytical Skills

Third year

  • Life Sciences Research Project (Experimental, Non-experimental or Dissertation)
  • Human Parasitology
  • Advances in Medicine
  • Clinical Pathology

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.