Human Biology and Human Geography 

(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 Human Biology and Human Geography.

Combined Honours

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


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UCAS code: CL1R

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Course Overview

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.

The Human Geography element of this course explores the way in which humans relate to the environment through lab, lecture and field-based learning opportunities. This course will take you to fascinating fieldwork destinations in the UK and overseas, where you’ll add to your growing skills in understanding and influencing the way humans relate to the environment. In the lab, the field and the archive, you’ll explore the characteristics, diversity, interdependence and changing nature of places. You’ll understand the applications and possibilities Human Geography provides in solving problems, creating wealth and improving quality of life. You’ll collect and analyse spatial, social and environmental data, and become familiar with industry standard GIS software for analysing, visualising and integrating that data.

Human Geography at Keele was ranked in the top 10 nationally for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. In addition to providing very specific human geography skills, this course will enhance your abilities in communication, make you proficient in various methods such as GIS or primary data collection, and develop your creativity in problem solving.

What will this mean for my future?

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. 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.

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

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.  

 

Human Geography  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 Subject 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*

0

45

60

0

15

* 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

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Human Biology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Physiology and Anatomy

30

None

 

Cellular Genetics and Evolution

30

   

 

Human Geography Year 1 (Level 4)

It is assumed that students have no previous geographical knowledge and therefore the first year provides a broad-based introduction to the subject. During the year, students acquire essential academic skills through the practical and tutorial programme, and essential knowledge and understanding concerning key geographical concepts and principles within the lecture programmes. As such, Level 4 seeks to provide a firm foundation upon which students can subsequently build. The modules utilise a variety of learning environments and a range of assessment styles. Emphasis upon and delivery of key employability skills is embedded within each of the modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Human Geographies

15

None

 

Geographical Skills

15

   

Practising Human Geography

15

   

People and the Environment

15

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

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

 

Human Geography Year 2 (Level 5)

The programme in year 2 develops students’ critical understanding of more advanced topics and conceptual issues. The programme also focuses on providing training and experience in the various skills required to undertake year independent research, which includes participation in an overseas field course.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dynamic Geographies

15

None

 

Practical Human Geography

15

   

Geographical Research Training

15

   

Space & Society

15

   

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

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.

 

Human Geography Year 3 (Level 6)

The final year provides students with an opportunity to explore specialised topics of their choice that reflect staff members’ research interests and require engagement with the most recent academic research. The programme also requires all students to complete a major piece of independent dissertation research.

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Applied GIS

15

Sustainability and Social Justice

15

Double Dissertation*

30

The Northern Dimension: Resources, Environment & Security in the Arctic

15

Single Dissertation*

15

Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture

15

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Postcolonialism in South Asia

15

   

Economic Development and Environmental Transformation

15

   

Geographies of Children and Youth

15

   

Rural Geographies

15

   

* Students can only take one of the two dissertation options

Modules - Year Four

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