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Human Bioscience BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 Year: B190 Foundation Study: B191

  • Level:


  • Duration:

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

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000

  • Location:


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0300 303 2772

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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 26/11/2020


  • 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: 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.
      • 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: 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: 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: 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: SLS2001
        Status: Compulsory
        The sequencing of the human genome has enhanced our understanding of the genetic basis of disease and led to the emerging fields of both bioinformatics and genomics. This module will extend the students' appreciation of molecular biology learnt in SLS1020 while introducing students to both genomics and bioinformatics. The focus will be on applications of genomics to human disease forensics and sports science.
      • Module code: SLS2010
        Status: Designate
        Students will develop an understanding of the biochemical physiological genetic and immunological mechanisms involved in disease processes. Although the topics covered seem to concentrate on disease rather than health the approach will be to emphasise preventative interventions both at the individual and population level.
      • Module code: SLS2013
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of quantitative research methods analysis and research skills within the context of human bioscience. The emphasis will be upon understanding and experiencing the entire research process from conception to presentation and developing the critical skills necessary to undertake an independent research project.
      • Module code: SLS2014
        Status: Designate
        The aim of this module is to enable students to study the techniques used in molecular biology and how they are used in the examination of cellular function and disease. Students will learn about the multiple approaches used to study human disease and human pathogens. Students will also learn how model organisms are exploited in vitro to aid these processes as well as using public sequence databases to retrieve information.
      • Module code: SLS2015
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide the students who have studied physiology and biochemistry in year one with a program that will introduce them to the study of pharmacology. This module will focus on basic mechanisms of drug action e.g. how drugs interact with the body and understand how drug action is measured quantitatively.
      • Module code: SLS2016
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give the student the opportunity to investigate the mechanisms underlying metabolic activities and physiological processes. By achieving the learning outcomes this module aims to develop an understanding of biochemical regulation of the processes of life. Students will work toward securing the basic foundation needed to study all areas of biology preparing them to undertake their independent research projects.
      • Module code: SLS2021
        Status: Designate
        In order to understand nutritional factors influencing health students will explore the role of nutrition in various states that affect individuals over a lifetime and continuing on through current epidemics of chronic diseases. This module expands students? nutritional perspective by in-depth investigation of key current and relevant topics relating to altered nutritional states and the influence of exercise and disease on human performance.
      • Module code: SLS3001
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the effect of modern lifestyles on human survival. Humanity has a large influence in shaping the environment; whichalthough often beneficial is now also having detrimental effects on human health and longevity. This module investigates and appraises contemporary environmental issues and critically analyses and evaluates the application of biological principles to interpret the evidence.
      • Module code: SLS3002
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on the understanding of material learnt in SLS2001. This will enable students to develop a deeper understanding of how genes behave both at the level of the individual and in populations. There will be an emphasis on linkage association and interaction of genes with other genes and the environment and a discussion of how these factors influence complex traits and diseases.
      • Module code: SLS3003
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on the knowledge of the immune system that students have acquired from the Health and Disease module at Level 5. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how the immune system functions and an appreciation of the central role that it plays in determining our state of health.
      • Module code: SLS3008
        Status: Designate
        This module aims to develop professional skills needed to explore the relationship between nutritional content of food and its availability utilisation and impact in an active body. Upon completion of the prerequisites and Learning Objectives of this module students should be able to autonomously investigate the scientific literature enabling the independent application of an understanding of the known nutrients to the attainment of performance goals.
      • Module code: SLS3010
        Status: Designate
        Build on the knowledge of the CNS neurophysiology and pharmacology studied in previous years. To develop an understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying phenomennon such as neural plasticity and synaptic potentiation. To develop an understanding of the CNS in health and disease.
      • Module code: SLS3011
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to actively engage in current research on pathogens and understand the mechanisms used by pathogens to cause disease and impact on human health. The module will also focus on the challenges posed by infections with antimicrobial resistant microorganisms.
      • Module code: SLS4005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to formulate a research question and undertake an independent research project in a chosen topic area of human bioscience.
  • 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.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 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 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    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.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900 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 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.


  • 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.

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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