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
Study abroad
Learn a language
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)