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Human Bioscience BSc (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

On this course you will study a variety of bioscience topics, that focus on the health and diseases of humans.  It aims to develop an in depth understanding of the human body at the tissue, cellular and molecular level.

You will investigate when normal physiological processes go wrong and explore the underlying mechanisms that underpin important human diseases.

Our well-structured Human Bioscience course is stimulating and will provide you with the opportunity to develop and explore a range of topics within this vast and dynamic subject. You will also be able to specialise in areas of interest to you throughout the course. That can lead to a career in biomedicine, biomedical research, education or commerce.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. This enables you on graduation, to join as an associate member of the society (AMRSB). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge, key skills, and prepares graduates to address the needs of employers.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 10/08/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 Year: B190 Foundation Study: B191

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with Foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

  • International study trips.
  • Course accredited by The Royal Society of Biology
  • Research active staff that are experts in their specialist areas.
  • Career planning and STEM opportunities.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply

Course Content

  • Our staff are research active and are experts within their specialist disciplines, which include nutrition, immunology, cancer, genetics, neuroscience, pharmacology and microbiology. They are enthusiastic and experienced educators who will help you to explore the range of topics within contemporary human bioscience.

    Throughout the Human Bioscience course there will also be career planning and STEM opportunities; these allow you to develop an awareness of both your subject-specific and transferable skills.

    Course module sessions are structured using a variety of methods including lectures, seminars and laboratory practical classes. Our aim is to provide you with opportunities to be actively involved in your learning. This is facilitated by an active blended learning approach which combines face-to-face sessions with integrated online learning implemented in our Northampton Interactive Learning Environment (NILE). For each 20 credit module you can expect approximately 48 hours of contact time during the academic year.

    • Module code: SLS1019
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide an insight into how invading organisms can cause disease and relate human world health issues to populations. This module allows students to develop a broad understanding of infectious disease across the globe and the biology of the the causative agents as well as examining intrinsic & extrinsic strategies to combat microbial pathogens.
    • Module code: SLS1020
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to give you an introduction to genetics and molecular biology. You will learn about the fundamental mechanisms of DNA replication transcription and translation. You will also explore how the tools of molecular biology including cloning and PCR allow the manipulation and understanding of genes and the proteins they encode.
    • Module code: SLS1017
      Status: Compulsory
      How do you tell people about science? This module introduces the fundamental concepts and challenges of science communication; including historical and ethical perspectives. Skills required for good science communication will be developed through practice and reflection.
    • Module code: SLS1013
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to give level 4 students an introduction to human biochemistry and cell biology. You will study the molecules and chemical processes that occur in living organisms and explore the structure and function of cells their components and their interactions with the external environment.
    • Module code: SLS1010
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to build a foundation of nutrition knowledge introducing the nutrients and current recommendations for good health across the lifespan. It will explore the sources of the nutrients in the diet and how the body incorporates them. Students will learn how to investigate the consequences of nutrient intake gaining a fundamental understanding of Nutrition research and how diet relates to health.
    • Module code: SLS1006
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to the basic principles and concepts of physiology and to develop an understanding of how different systems are integrated to produce homeostasis.The focus will be on human physiology and will study the form and functions of the major body systems.
  • This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology – the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. The RSB offers members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology. Graduates from Accredited programmes receive one year of free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level. This will open up networks at a crucial time when applying for jobs.

    Our graduates are highly valued in the public and private sector, and we have consistently high rates of graduate employment. As a Human Bioscience student, you will develop key transferable skills and knowledge during the course. The course will enhance your academic and practical skills, to ensure that you are well-prepared for employment and life beyond your studies. This course will distinguish you from competing graduates when searching for employment, which might be in the bioscience, medical or biotechnology sectors.

  • How will I be taught on Human Bioscience BSc (Hons)?

    We aim to provide an environment that maximises engagement, involvement and enjoyment of the Human Biosciences. Extensive online resources support face-to-face contact in class. You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and encounter new challenges that support and enhance your learning. You will be able to carefully analyse experimental data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in order to answer research questions or test hypotheses. This will allow you to develop the ability to apply both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. Current areas of research include infectious diseases, muscular dystrophy, sepsis, cancer biology, bioinformatics and genetic diseases.

    How will I be assessed?

     You will be assessed through coursework and formal examinations throughout your study. An estimate of the different forms of assessment is as follows:

    • Essays 30%
    • Examinations 20%
    • Practical work 25%
    • Presentations, posters 20%
    • Time constrained tests 5 %

    Are there any specialist facilities and features?

     Our Human Bioscience laboratories are modern and well equipped with research facilities that will enable you to learn and develop your skills in an innovative and supportive environment. Current specialist facilities include:

    • cell culture facilities (for working with human cell lines – i.e. cancer cells)
    • genetics/genomics facilities for the analysis of DNA and RNA (including PCR and next-generation sequencing technology)
    • specialist Microbiology laboratories
    • fluorescence, bright-field and electron microscopy

    Special course features include:

    • on-site specialist laboratories for teaching and research.
    • this programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology
    • opportunities to engage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach activities.
    • continual networking with potential employers within the Bioscience industries.
    • bursaries and scholarships available for Human Bioscience students.
  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you are expected to have studied a natural science subject (preferably Biology or Human Biology but Chemistry and Physics  are also accepted) in an A Level at grade C, or equivalent qualification such as International Baccalaureate.

    We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to the BSc Honours Human Bioscience 4 year Programme with Foundation Study is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC with a D in a Natural Science. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: 12,500
    Foundation: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • An optional full year placement module (SLS2017) is available for students who have successfully completed their stage 1 and 2 studies. This will give you the opportunity to gain a year‘s extra work-based learning experience in a science related placement, spent either in the UK or abroad. Previous Human Bioscience students have gained placements abroad, for example in the United States and with the Medical Research Council in the Gambia.

Careers and Employability

This course will open up a range of career opportunities, including:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Paramedic
  • Biomedical science
  • Teaching
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Food industry
  • Environment / Conservation​
  • Information Technology​
  • Sales
  • Public Health​
  • Health Service Admin​
  • Publishing and Media​
  • Think Tank/Policy Advising​
  • Research
  • Further study eg MSc/MPhil/PhD

Is this course for you?