Biochemistry and Human Biology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Biochemistry and Human Biology.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


Study abroad
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International year
Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: CC7C

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Course Overview

The Biochemistry course scored 97% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2016. Keele’s Biochemistry programmes offer broad and stimulating coverage of modern biochemistry. Whether you choose to study as combined honours or single honours, you’ll be studying life at the molecular level, investigating the most exciting areas of contemporary life science and medical research. You might explore the secrets of the human genome, or the individually tailored molecular therapies of the future. Particular emphasis is placed on human and mammalian biochemistry, especially relating to health and disease. You can create a four year degree by doing a work and industrial placement between the second and third year.

The Human Biology element of this 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 and the relationship between the human body with the environment. You might explore the impact of nutrition and the environment on health, how humans in turn impact on the environment, and specialised topics such as human parasitology and human evolution. Keele’s multidisciplinary approach puts human biology in context, so you’ll have input from experts ranging from clinicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, 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.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. When you graduate, the broad and detailed understanding of biochemistry you’ll have developed at Keele will open up a world of appealing career options. You could choose to work in a directly related field, perhaps as a clinical biochemist, medical bioscientist, forensic scientist, research scientist, toxicologist or science teacher. Or you might branch out a little further, and become a health and safety inspector, training standards officer, science writer or technical author. Graduates from the Human Biology 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.

 

 

Indicative modules

Year one

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Physiology and Anatomy
  • Cellular Genetics and Evolution

Year two

  • Cell Signalling
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Gene and Protein Engineering
  • Human Genetics
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Human Impacts on the Environment, scientific perspectives
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Microbes, Viruses and Parasites
  • Nutrition and Energy Balance
  • Health and the Environment
  • Learning and Memory
  • Study Abroad Modules

Year three

  • Life Sciences Double Experimental Research Project (With Research Skills Assessment)
  • Structural Biology and Macromolecular Function
  • Bioinformatics and Science Communication
  • Case Studies in Biotechnology
  • Advances in Medicine
  • Medical Glycobiology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Human Parasitology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Advances in Medicine
  • Brain Disease
  • Human Evolution
  • Biology of Disease
  • Cancer Biology
  • Regeneration & Repair in the Nervous System
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) – ISP (Double)
  • Life Sciences Single Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) - ISP (Single)
  • Life Sciences Non-Experiemental Project - ISP (Single)
  • Life Sciences Dissertation - ISP (Single)
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement - ISP (Single)
  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement – ISP (Double)

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Biochemistry - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Biochemistry modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

30 or 45*

30

75*

30

75*

0

0

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

1Students combining with Biology, Human Biology or Neuroscience must select a 30 credit project hence the 45 credit requirement

 

Human Biology - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Human Biology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

30

30

30

0

0

3*

15

45

75

0

0

 

*Variations in Year 3:

Students combining with Biochemistry must select a 30 credit Life Sciences Double Experimental Project or Double Applied Life Sciences Placement.

There is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects.

Students who specialise in Human Biology must select a 30 credit Life Sciences Double Experimental Project or Double Applied Life Sciences Placement.  

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Biochemistry Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Biochemistry

30

   

Molecular Cell Biology

30

   

 

Human Biology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Physiology and Anatomy

30

None

 

Cellular Genetics and Evolution

30

   

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

 

Biochemistry Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Gene & Protein Engineering  

15

   

Molecular, Cellular & Structural Immunology

15

   

Metabolism in Health and Disease

15

   

Cell Signalling

15

   

 

Human Biology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

N.B. Students choose 2 modules from:

Credits

Human Genetics

15

Neurodevelopment

15

Research and Analytical Skills

15

Human Impacts on the Environment, scientific perspectives

15

   

Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology

15

   

Microbes, Viruses and Parasites

15

   

Nutrition and Energy Balance

15

   

Health and the Environment

15

   

Learning and Memory

15

   

Study Abroad Modules

30

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Biochemistry Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules  

Credits

Students taking Biochemistry and Biology, Human Biology or Neuroscience:

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1,2

 

30

 

30

Advances in Medicine

15

Human Parasitology

15

Structural Biology & Macromolecular Function

15

Students taking Neuroscience and a subject outside of the School of Life Sciences:

Life Sciences Single Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

Or

Single Applied Life Sciences Placement1

 

15

 

15

 

15

Cancer Biology  

15

Medical Glycobiology

15

Developmental Biology

15

Bioinformatics & Science Communication

15

Case Studies in Biotechnology

15

1 The Applied Life Sciences Placement modules may replace Life Sciences Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) modules if the nature of the placement is deemed suitable and the work carried out meets the criteria of the research project module.  

 

2 If a student fails the Life Sciences double experimental project module (or the alternative Double Applied Life Science placement module) but has it condoned, then they will not be eligible for an RSB accredited degree, but shall instead be eligible for the award BSc Studies in Biochemistry

 

Human Biology Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

N.B. Students choose 2 modules from:

Credits

Students taking Human Biology and Biochemistry:

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

OR

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1,2

 

30

 

30

Behavioural Neuroscience3

15

Human Parasitology4

15

Conservation Biology5

15

Advances in Medicine

15

Brain Disease

15

Human Evolution

15

Students taking Human Biology and a subject outside of the School of Life Sciences:

Life Sciences Single Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

OR

Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project

OR

Life Sciences Dissertation

OR

Single Applied Life Sciences Placement1

 

15

 

15

 

15

 

15

Biology of Disease

15

Cancer Biology

15

Regeneration & Repair in the Nervous System6

15

Developmental Biology

15

Biomedical Engineering

15

1 The Applied Life Sciences Placement modules may replace Life Sciences Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) modules if the nature of the placement is deemed suitable and the work carried out meets the criteria of the research project module.  

2 If a student fails the Life Sciences double experimental project module (or the alternative Double Applied Life Science placement module) but has it condoned, then they will not be eligible for an RSB accredited degree, but shall instead be eligible for the award BSc Studies in Biochemistry

3 Prerequisite: Learning and Memory.

4Prerequisite: Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology or Microbes, Viruses and Parasites.

5Prerequisite: Human Impacts on the Environment, scientific perspectives.

6Prerequisite: Neurodevelopment.

 

Note: All option module combinations are subject to timetabling.

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Biochemistry in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules  

Credits

Life Science Double Experimental Project

(with Research Skills Assessment)2

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1

30

Advances in Medicine

15

Human Parasitology

15

Structural Biology & Macromolecular Function

15

Bioinformatics & Science Communication

15

Cancer Biology  

15

   

Medical Glycobiology

15

   

Biology of Disease

15

   

Developmental Biology

15

   

Case Studies in Biotechnology

15

   

Module from other subject

15

 

If you choose to specialise in Human Biology in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

N.B. Students choose six 15-credit modules from

the optional/elective choices below*

Credits

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)2

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1

30

 

30

Behavioural Neuroscience3

15

Human Parasitology4

15

Conservation Biology5

15

Advances in Medicine

15

Brain Disease

15

Human Evolution

15

   

Biology of Disease

15

   

Cancer Biology

15

   

Regeneration & Repair in the Nervous

System6

15

   

Developmental Biology

15

   

Biomedical Engineering

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az