Human Biology and Psychology 

(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 Psychology.

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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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: CC1V

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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 Psychology programme enables you to explore why humans think, feel, communicate and act in the ways that they do. At Keele you will find out what the latest research tells us about human behaviour and learn how to design and conduct your own psychological studies in our well-equipped labs using a range of techniques. The course is taught by staff who are actively engaged in research with specialisms in social psychology, developmental psychology, cognition and neuropsychology, biological psychology health and wellbeing and a range of applied areas. The emphasis of the course is on understanding how psychology impacts on everyday life; from developing a sense of self and negotiating personal relationships to influencing judgments about matters of global significance, such as climate change.

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.

At Keele we aim to produce psychology graduates who are ready to use their psychology skills and knowledge to make a real difference. You could take up any number of very interesting careers in psychology, perhaps working as a neuropsychologist or as a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational or sports psychologist. Whatever path you choose in your working life, the Keele Psychology degree aims to develop a psychological perspective on human behaviour which is valued in a huge range of careers.

Many of our graduates choose to pursue exciting careers beyond psychology, including in education, health, social care, management, marketing and many more.

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.  

 

Psychology  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 Psychology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

15

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

45

0

15

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

 

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

   

 

Psychology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology

15

Understanding self and others better: an introduction to counselling theories

15

Introduction to Research Design

15

Distress and Mental Health

15

Introduction to Biological & Cognitive Psychology

15

Natural, unnatural, supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena

15

Introduction to Statistics for Psychology

15

Applied Psychology

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

 

Psychology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Developmental & Social Psychology

15

None

 

Qualitative and Survey Research Design

15

   

Biological and Cognitive Psychology

15

   

Statistics for Psychology

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.

 

Psychology Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Final Year Project

30

Psychology in Education

15

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

15

Making a Difference with Psychology

15

   

The Psychology of Deviance

15

   

Groups, Crowds and Conflict

15

   

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology

15

   

Health Psychology

15

Note: Students who take semester-long Study Abroad in Year 2 can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in Year 3 as an Optional module if required in order to fulfil BPS accreditation requirements.

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

 

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

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Final Year Project

30

Psychology in Education

15

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

15

Making a Difference with Psychology

15

Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology

15

The Psychology of Deviance

15

Culture and Psychology

15

Groups, Crowds and Conflict

15

   

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology

15

   

Health Psychology

15

   

Current Perspectives on Autism

15

   

Everyday Memory & Amnesia

15

 
   

Happiness and Wellbeing

15

 

Note: Students who take semester-long Study Abroad in Year 2 can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in Year 3 as an Optional module if required in order to fulfil BPS accreditation requirements.

 

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