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BSc (Honours)/MSci Human Biology

Gain a fundamental knowledge of how the body works in cutting edge laboratories.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS C101 Course code

Course description

This course examines how the body functions in terms of its physiology, and looks in detail at cellular events, from the developing embryo to the adult. It also studies the impact of disease and genetics on the human in society.

What you study

The course emphasises the physiological aspects of human biology, and includes modules in neurobiology and human reproduction and development. It also covers the important subjects of cell biology and genetics.

Topics covered will include • cell biology • human reproduction and embryology • physiology • biochemistry. You then build on this knowledge using case studies that examine topics in depth, such as how the body responds to physiological and environmental extremes.

You then combine all the skills and knowledge that you have gained in the final year, completing a research project guided by one of our research academics. This is usually completed in our laboratories at the University. However it may be possible to do your project back at your placement organisation. Previous project titles include • the use of rubidium efflux assay to study hERG channels in heart muscle • characterisation of Inositol trisphosphate receptor in brain tissue.

The optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at students who want to pursue a career in research and who achieve good results in years one and two.

Placements and work experience

In year three, you get the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in the real world with a work placement. This is an important chance to gain the experience and professional skills that can give you the all-important edge at the start of your career. Work experience of any sort helps to attract the attention of future employers.

We offer you the opportunity to apply for placements in a wide range of institutions, including the NHS, schools and colleges, industry and medical research. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time on placement, such as during the summer. This shorter placement can also contribute to your degree. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Facilities

You carry out practical work to support your academic studies using our industrial standard well-equipped laboratories. At the end of each year you carry out a mini-project that applies the skills developed through the year to a human biology case study.

Expertise

You benefit from the research expertise of the course lecturers who are active in our internationally recognised Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre (BMRC). Their research means we can constantly update the course and lab programme, so you stay up to date with the latest scientific developments.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*

*GCSE maths, English & Science equivalents accepted:
•equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

plus one of the following

112 UCAS points from at least two A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) We accept AS Levels. We do not accept General Studies.

Or

96 UCAS points from three A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website 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.

• successfully completing our Extended Degree Preparatory year in Biosciences and Chemistry or equivalent

You also need to demonstrate an ability to

• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

If English is not your first language you must have 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.

2018 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*

*GCSE maths, English & Science equivalents accepted:
•equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

plus one of the following

112 UCAS points from at least two A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) We accept AS Levels. We do not accept General Studies.

Or

96 UCAS points from three A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website 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.

• successfully completing our Extended Degree Preparatory year in Biosciences and Chemistry or equivalent

You also need to demonstrate an ability to

• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

If English is not your first language you must have 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time, plus one year to MSci (optional)

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• human physiology and anatomy • human reproduction and development • cellular biology, biochemistry with microbiology • bioanalytical methods • professional and scientific practice 1

Year two modules

• control physiology • biochemistry and molecular biology • advanced cell biology • biology of disease • immunology and microbiology • professional and scientific practice 2

Year three

• optional work placement - leading to assessment via final year professional and scientific practice 3 module.

Final year core modules

• neurobiology • human nutrition • research project • professional andscientific practice 3

Final year options

• bioethics • bioinformatics • human genetics • pharmacology • applied biochemistry

MSci year (optional)

• research methods and statistics • research projects

Assessment
  • examinations
  • coursework
  • written assignments
  • tests
  • group work
  • practical work

Employability

As a human biology graduate, a variety of career opportunities are open to you in areas including • healthcare industries • research laboratories • pharmaceutical industries.

Graduates may also have a career in teaching or use their skills in non-scientific careers such as business and government support.

Many of our graduates go on to postgraduate study, including research degrees (PhD), masters degrees (MSc) or go on to study dietetics and nutrition, medicine or dentistry.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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