Human Biosciences BSc (Hons) (C110)


Coventry University

Human Biosciences BSc (Hons)

Requirements / Wymagania

Minimum 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym (j. ang. się wlicza) - minimum 55%
J. angielski - minimum 75%
Średnia z matury


Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury 6.0, żaden z komponentów nie może być niższy niż 5.5 -
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This course runs from 2017/18

Human biosciences is a rapidly changing, exciting and dynamic area of modern science which has given rise to significant scientific discoveries in the field of human health and disease.

Why choose this course? 

The course aims to enhance your understanding of how the human body functions in health and disease at the tissue, cell and molecular level, throughout the lifespan. A wide range of human biosciences knowledge is covered, with a choice of subjects at levels two and three, offering you the opportunity to specialise your degree programme. There is also a focus on laboratory and other scientific skills.

If you choose this course you can benefit from:

  • a degree programme recognised by the Royal Society of Biology;
  • a course on disease, taught by academic staff who are active in research and consultancy, which allows them to bring this expertise into their teaching;
  • a focus on acquisition of broad human biosciences knowledge and practical expertise that may be useful in your future career;
  • hands-on experience of a wide range of laboratory techniques such as gene amplification using PCR, gene sequencing, cell culture, flow cytometry, tissue staining, protein detection and bacterial growth, in modern, well-equipped laboratories;
  • a focus on student-centred teaching in which you can undertake a mini-project and in level two and an independent research project in the final year;
  • support in applying for long and short placements in laboratory and industrial settings to help you to gain experience;
  • use of guest lecturers with current experience in pharmaceutical industry, laboratory research and other jobs in science to help you identify potential careers;
  • the course teams link with a wide range of employers to provide our students with specialist speakers, placements and help to find employment after graduation.


What will I learn? 

The first year of the programme lays the foundation for the study of human biosciences. You will cover key areas and acquire laboratory skills in physiology in health and disease, human development, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology.

In the second year you will further develop your knowledge and laboratory skills in cell biology, molecular genetics and immunology, with a choice of either systemic physiology or biomedical biochemistry.

The final year of your course gives you the opportunity to carry out an independent research project linked to one of the areas of your interest. You will also study human biosciences throughout the lifespan, including embryology an the biology of ageing. You will then have a choice of two subjects from advanced genetics, cancer biology and clinical biochemistry, and either clinical physiology and medical microbiology.

How will this course be taught? 

Through your studies you will develop a good knowledge of a range of disciplines and how they apply to human health and disease. This will include both theory and lab-based classes.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, workshops, practical classes and personal tutorials. There is a practical component which is supported by an extensive suite of analytical and biological laboratories staffed by experienced technicians.

How will I be assessed? 

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • coursework, tests, essays 45%;
  • formal examinations 25%;
  • practical or project work 20%;
  • group work 5%;
  • presentations, posters 5%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details. 

Teaching contact hours 

In a typical week, you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching, which would break down on average as shown below:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of workshops/online tutorials (or later, individual project supervision) each week. In addition you can also arrange to see staff in their ‘drop in’ sessions for any additional help you may need.

Medium-group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes or skills workshops every week.

Large-group teaching: 6 hours of lectures every week.

Personal study: 18 hours each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

How will this course enhance my career prospects? 

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in clinical trials for drug companies, research assistants in laboratories in universities and industry, marketing assistants and medical and scientific representatives.

Graduates have also used their qualifications to progress into teaching careers, as well as postgraduate study to obtain MSc, MPhil and PhD qualifications.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.


How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250

Included in the fees:

  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Laboratory coat and safety spectacles provided for use;
  • Costs of any mandatory UK day visits;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children;
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Refundable deposit for turning point handset;
  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits

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