Human biosciences embraces some of the most rapidly changing and dynamic areas of modern science and has been responsible for an array of ground-breaking scientific discoveries in human health and disease.
- Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
- Well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience using industry-standard techniques
- No.1 in the Midlands for career prospects in Biological Sciences in the Times Good University Guide 2021
- Support applying for placements in laboratory and industrial settings to gain crucial real-world experience
The program of study has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), enabling you to join as an associate member (AMSB) once you graduate. Our degree 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.
We place great emphasis on the acquisition of broad human biosciences knowledge and practical expertise, which is most likely to be useful in your future career related to Human Biosciences. In later years, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of specialist modules, such as medical microbiology, clinical physiology, cancer biology, applied human genetics and clinical biochemistry, providing the opportunity to specialise your degree programme.
Why you should study this course
Our Human Biosciences BSc (Hons) course looks to enhance your understanding of how the human body functions in health and disease at the tissue, cell and molecular level. You will study topics at the forefront of scientific discovery such as genomics, neurophysiology, and communicable and non-communicable diseases.
- This course enables you to explore the current and emerging challenges to human health. It has been designed to inspire, guide and empower you to better understand the scientific basis of these global health challenges and to be able to contribute towards finding solutions. Whilst advancing technology and medical knowledge has brought undoubted benefits, it has equally brought new and rapidly emerging problems. We are facing new challenges due to modern 24-hour lifestyles, the impacts of climate change and environmental pollution, emerging infectious diseases, the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance and an increasingly ageing population. This course aims to equip you to assess and understand new scientific developments and to communicate effectively to diverse audiences, to encourage dialogue between the public, academics and policy makers to advance progress towards a healthier future for us all.
- This exciting degree can potentially lead to a range of research and health-related careers in biomedicine. The broad range of subjects covered include microbiology, molecular biology, medical genetics, cancer biology, physiology, cell biology and neuroscience. These subjects are of increasing importance in medical research and underpin the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
- 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. We place great emphasis on the acquisition of broad human biosciences knowledge and practical expertise, which is most likely to be useful in your future career related to human biosciences.
- You will study in the state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building which provides excellent facilities for teaching and research, featuring our Superlab with industry-standard equipment. Laboratory sessions form a substantial component of your learning experience, providing you with the opportunities to learn key experimental techniques and develop the essential experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological and other careers.
- You will have the opportunity to gain 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.
- You will have the opportunity to undertake challenging lab and non-lab based independent research projects, dealing with important life science research questions, which in the past have tackled, for example, the antimicrobial activity of essential oils, cinnamon and ginger against drug-resistant clinical pathogens or the effect of sleep deprivation on physiological and mental health in healthy young adults.
- In the final year you will focus on developing practical laboratory and additional scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics.
- You also have the option to incorporate a year of appropriate work experience, in a variety of settings, or a year of study abroad, taken between years 2 and 3.* We also offer support applying for short and long-term placements in laboratory and industrial settings to gain the experience employers desire.
- The course provides many opportunities to enhance your study experience. During integrated enhancement weeks scheduled each year, there may be the chance to take part in UK international field trips*, or opportunities to improve particular skills and competencies and to explore career options. If you are unable to take part in international field trips you will have alternative intercultural opportunities available on campus, such as extended group projects linking with field trip groups.
- We offer research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our university research centres, which focus on the themes of cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity. Our current course team benefits from extensive links with employers, such as the NHS, university research labs, public health laboratories and biotech companies, such as Binding Site.
How you’ll learn
Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop a good knowledge of a range of disciplines and how they apply to human health and disease, including both theory and lab-based classes.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, projects, workshops and practical laboratory sessions, supported by an extensive suite of analytical and biological laboratories staffed by experienced technicians.
In a typical teaching week, you will have around 17 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:
- Personal tutorial/small group teaching such as workshops
- Medium group teaching – laboratory work
- Large group teaching such as lectures.
In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. working on coursework assignments.
You will be allocated a dedicated Academic Personal Tutor for the duration of your course, who will schedule regular 1:1 meetings with you and with whom you can make an appointment whenever you need to. You can also arrange to see other members of staff in ‘drop in’ sessions for any additional help you may need.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which vary depending upon the module.
- Assessment methods include:
- Formal examinations
- Practical or project work
- Group work
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
Human biosciences embrace some of the most rapidly changing and expanding sciences and upon successful completion of the course you will be well-equipped to enter a changing employment market where methods and logic, scientific literacy, conceptual knowledge and ability to communicate to diverse audiences will be essential. Graduates should therefore be well placed to enter a variety of career routes. These include bioscience, biotechnology and healthcare industries, university, government agency, charity-funded and commercial laboratories, educational roles and international organisations.
You also have the option to incorporate a year of appropriate work experience, in a variety of settings, or a year of study abroad, taken between years 2 and 3.* We also offer support applying for short and long-term placements in laboratory and industrial settings to gain the experience employers desire.
International experience opportunities
By its very nature, the course adopts an international perspective as science knows no borders. We also attract students from many different countries providing a varied, multicultural and fulfilling environment in which to learn. We encourage students to mix on group work and projects.
The placement/study abroad option allows a year’s work placement or study, which can be taken abroad.* Some former students have studied at the University of Leiden in Holland, for example.
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