Biology doesn’t get closer to home than when you study a human biology degree. This progressive field is always evolving and changing.
Human Biosciences encompasses some of the most rapidly changing and dynamic areas of biology and medicine. You will study topics and research that in recent years have been responsible for an array of ground-breaking scientific discoveries in human health and disease.
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 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 choose this course?
We focus on developing practical laboratory and additional scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics. As such, laboratory sessions form a substantial component of the 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.
Our practical approach has resulted in high levels of student satisfaction – 93% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016; 100% of our students feel staff are good at explaining things, make the subject interesting and are enthusiastic about what they teach. We also have an excellent track record in employability – with 93% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
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 – from Europe, Asia and South America – providing a more varied, multicultural and fulfilling environment in which to learn. We encourage students to mix on group work and projects, which in the past, for example, have included an examination of the knowledge and attitudes of home and international students towards tuberculosis in a cross-cultural context.
Our sandwich degree 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. The University also offers a number of grants to enable international visits and a number of our students have been successful in securing places, for example, in Spain, France, Canada and the US. Some have undertaken fieldtrips to Malawi where they have educational engagement with groups of children participating in diverse community projects at local primary and nursery schools, assisted in monitoring the state of boreholes in rural villages, made sun dried bricks for building projects and climbing the challenging mount Mulanje.
Over 1.2 million people work in primary science-based roles in the UK, with the boundaries between biosciences, chemical sciences and physical sciences becoming increasingly blurred.
There is a growing demand for highly skilled staff with the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, right across industry, in the health service, government establishments, research and educational institutions. Our degree is designed to help you develop a wide range of skills that will be attractive to many different types of employers. Our designated Employability Unit will help you find placements, internships and job opportunities, by advertising jobs, holding an annual jobs fair, helping with CV writing and job interview technique.
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.