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BSc (Honours)/MSci Human Biology

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)/MSci

Human Biology

Gain an in depth understanding of the human body in health and disease whilst developing the skills you will need for a career as a graduate scientist.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? C101
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop an advanced understanding of human anatomy, physiology, cell biology, reproduction, genetics and biochemistry.
  • Develop your confidence and ability to work at the cutting edge of human biology.
  • Apply your knowledge to real-world experience with year-long or summer placement opportunities available.
  • Transfer onto an MSci route for a specialist year of research intensive study working alongside our internationally recognised researchers

You will learn how genomics, biotechnology, stem cells and lifestyle interventions impact on the human body. The knowledge you will gain will provide an understanding of the latest advances in this field.

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How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Neil Cross talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

In modules such as human physiology and anatomy, control physiology, reproduction and development and neuroscience, you will gain an understanding of how the whole human body functions. This will be supplemented by an understanding at the cellular and molecular level in modules such as advanced cell biology and molecular biology and biochemistry.

With a strong focus on employability throughout you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills desired by graduate science-sector employers or post graduate education providers.

You learn through

  • lectures and tutorials
  • practical laboratory work
  • small group academic tutorials
  • case studies
  • project work

Course leaders and tutors

Neil Cross
Neil Cross
Reader in Cancer Biology

Senior Lecturer in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Applied learning

Work placements

Between your second and third year you will have the opportunity to apply for a placement where you can apply what you have learnt at university to a working situation. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain the experience and professional skills that could give you an advantage at the start of your career.

We offer you the opportunity to apply for placements in a wide range of institutions – including pharmaceutical industries, medical research laboratories, the NHS, schools and colleges. Or if you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter period of time on a summer placement (which can still contribute towards your degree). If you are undertaking  your work placement in another European country, there may be a possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

Completion of a year-long work placement will allow you to achieve an Advanced Professional Diploma alongside your degree.

Research projects

You will develop problem solving and practical skills by undertaking mini projects in the first and second year of your course. During your final year you will combine the skills and knowledge you have gained to conduct a specialist research project working alongside an expert in your chosen subject area.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a wide range of careers including:

  • healthcare industries
  • research laboratories
  • pharmaceutical industries
  • scientific sales and marketing
  • scientific communication/journalism

Many of our graduates go on to postgraduate study – including academic research degrees (PhD), masters degrees (MSc) in healthcare settings, (such as physician’s associate, dietetics, radiotherapy and nutrition), while others transfer into postgraduate-entry medicine and dentistry. 


Graduates of BSc (Honours) Human Biology

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

Our teaching and research laboratories are equipped with industry standard instrumentation which you will learn how to use in scenario-based practical sessions. Examples of facilities you will have access to include:

  • our award winning cell culture suites with laminar flow hoods and incubators
  • an extensive range of analytical equipment, such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC)
  • real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids
  • high-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis
  • an exercise physiology suite

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

From A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC national qualification in Applied Science to include suitable biology modules. We do not accept General Studies. We will consider a combination of qualification types. For example:

  • BBC at A Level including Biology.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science will be considered (please include units on application).
  • BTEC Diploma in Applied Science D*D with relevant biology modules (please include units on application) alongside other level 3 study.
  • A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s), which may include AS levels or EPQ.


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

* GCSE English and mathematics equivalent

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If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Physiology And Anatomy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Reproduction And Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Topics In Human Biology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Cell Biology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Control Physiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Molecular Biology And Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Immunology And Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pathological Basis Of Disease Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Human Nutrition Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Neurobiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Bioethics And Human Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Bioinformatics And Human Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pharmacology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023 are £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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