Human Biology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons) Combined

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.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
Placement year
3 Years/ 4 years with placement

UCAS code: CF10

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This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

Course Overview

The Human Biology 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?

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.

Indicative modules

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
  • Microbe, Viruses and Parasites
  • Neurodevelopment
  • 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
  • Conservation Biology