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

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

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

Dual Honours Course can be combined with:

CoursesUCASCoursesUCAS
Accounting: NC1C Geology: FC6C
American Studies: TC7C Human Geography: CL1R
Biochemistry: CC7C Human Resource Management: CN1P
Chemistry: FC1C International Relations:
CL1F
Computer Science: GC4C Law: CM1C
Criminology: MC91 Mathematics: CG1C
Economics: LC1C Media, Communications and Culture: CP19
Educational Studies: XC3C Medicinal Chemistry: CF1C
English: QC3C Music Technology: CJ19
Environmental Studies: F9B1 Physical Geography: CF1V
Finance: NC3C Politics: CL1G
Forensic Science: FC4C Psychology: CC1V
Geography: FC81    

 

Foundation Course available:

CoursesUCAS
Human Biology with Science Foundation Year:

This four-year degree course is designed for students who wish to study Human Biology but lack the necessary background qualifications.

CF10

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

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

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. 

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.

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.

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available