Human Biology and Mathematics - BSc (Hons)

Discover the fascinating and complex fields of human genetics, nutrition, advances in medicine, and learn to mathematically model the spread of a virus and interpret medical trials. The curriculum on our carefully designed Human Biology and Mathematics BSc will provide you with set of skills flexible enough for a wide range of careers.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • CG1C

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Human Biology and Mathematics at Keele University?

Professional accreditation pathway in Human Biology is available
Top 10 in England for Mathematics (National Student Survey, 2021)
Enhance your employability by choosing to gain work experience
Personalise your degree with a variety of optional modules
Graduate with a broad range of transferable skills to succeed in a variety of careers
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology if you choose to specialise in Human Biology in your final year. In you choose to specialise in Mathematics, there is no accreditation available. 

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Luke, Mathematics with Integrated Master's

"The maths programme at Keele allowed me to learn how to work through a mathematical problem applying real life context wherever possible and how to present solutions to problems in a well structured report style. This helps when displaying work to non mathematicians. Most importantly, I developed an ability to problem solve in a logical way, which I have found to be vital in a Mathematical Analyst role."

Luke, Mathematics with Integrated Master's

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Learn from our campus - our own 'living laboratory'

The flexible modular course structure allows you in the second and final year to tailor your programme of study to individual interests and ambitions. For example in the second year, you have the opportunity to choose environmental Biology module. In this module you will attend a summer field course where you will visit a range of terrestrial and aquatic habitats and develop fieldwork skills such as identification of specimens, surveying, and data analysis.

Our unique 600-acre campus offers a fantastic experimentation environment to perform fieldwork, test new ideas and discover solutions to real-world problems. From our lake system grasslands and woodlands to mining and industrial heritage of the local area, our local diverse range of habitats provide opportunities to study in an authentic environment whilst practicing. 

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Studying Mathematics at Keele

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Central Science Laboratories

Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

The Keele Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Human Biology and Mathematics degree. For example, the Foundations of Life Sciences module will look at basic cell biology in terms of structure and function and go on to examine how cells obtain their energy and raw materials. It considers how organisms interact and analyses the effects of climate change on ecosystems. In addition, the Advancing Mathematical Methods module continues to develop your understanding of the key mathematical techniques and methods used across a wide range of applied mathematics, as well in other areas of pure mathematics. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one modules

FYO-00185 Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15 credits
FYO-00217 Foundations of Mathematical Methods 30 credits
FYO-00197 Foundations of Life Sciences 15 credits

Semester two modules

FYO-00199 Advancing Life Sciences 30 credits
FYO-00229 Advancing Mathematical Methods 30 credits

Entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to apply 

Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Human Biology with Foundation Year (UCAS code CF10) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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Discover the Keele difference

Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, and you’ll soon feel at home and make friends wherever you go.

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Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.