|Study location||United Kingdom, Birmingham|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||4 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
A level Biology/Human Biology and a second science°. Minimum of five GCSEs to include Mathematics, English and double award science at grade 4/C.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
The Human Biology with Professional Placement course offers the opportunity to combine an academic degree course with a full year of professional training in a non-University setting.
Human biology is crucial to the continual development of the fields of medicine, sports science, nutrition, fertility and other areas. The course builds on the content and structure of the corresponding 3-year BSc Human Biology course, but it includes as a key feature the placement between second and final year. The syllabus promotes the development of a broad and systematic understanding of biological principles, and the skills to place this understanding in the context of the human condition. You will be able to tailor your course to match your own interests and goals, and, in addition to the project in industry, join one of our research groups in the final year to work on a project linked to current research in the School.
The Human Biology course begins with an introduction to key concepts in biology, from molecular and cellular features to the concept of evolution, including genetics and physiology. Skills training is an integral part of the course at all levels. You also take a Widening Horizon Module, which allows you to access to content from other Schools, from Humanities to the Sciences to Engineering.
First year modules
Human Nutrition and Metabolism – Exploring four broad themes: nutrition, energy metabolism, practical biochemistry techniques, and regulation and deregulation of metabolic pathways.
Introduction to Evolution and Animal Biology | Watch video – An overview of introduction from the pre-biotic era to Darwin and his impact. Natural selection, the origins of altruism and sexual reproduction, genetic determinants of evolution.
Cell Biology and Physiology – Tissues, organelles, reproduction and development.
Genetics I – Storage of genetic information, gene expression and regulation, mitosis and meiosis, gene linkage and chromosome mapping.
Fundamentals of Biochemistry – Fundamental biochemical processes taking place inside cells
Introduction to Microbiology | Watch video – Broad introduction to microbiology with a focus on infectious disease, covering bacteria, fungi, protists, archaea and viruses
Widening Horizon Module (WHM) – allows you to explore content from other academic programmes of this university in the form of a stand-alone module.
The second year features a combination of core modules that all students on the Human Biology course follow, and elective modules, where you can start to define your personal direction in the course.
Second year modules
Core modules (taken by all students on the Human Biology programme)
Molecular Biology and its Applications – Genetic analysis and gene cloning, DNA fingerprinting and forensics, genomics and computational approaches to genetics.
Communications and Skills in Biosciences – Science communication in videography, writing and speaking, ethics in science, analysis of the scientific literature.
Human Structure and Function – Human anatomy and how it relates to its function and evolutionary origin.
Choose four optional modules
Example optional modules may include:
Cell and Developmental Biology – Development of multicellular organisms, interaction between cells and the cellular matrix, regulation of stem cell function.
Evolution of Humans and Other Animals – The primary aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of comparative animal biology in an evolutionary context.
Topics in Medical Biosciences – Neurobiology and neurotransmitters, pharmacology and anaesthetics, blood constituents and haemostasis, complement and immunity.
Genetics II – Organisation of genes and genomes, generation of genetic diversity, gene transmission and analysis of problems in transmission and molecular genetics.
Microbes and Man – The impact of microbes on humans, bacteria, fungi and viruses, common themes of infectious disease mechanisms.
Animal Biology – This module explores how the central nervous system translates sensory stimuli to behaviour. Topics include comparative neurobiology, biological timekeeping, sensory biology, learning and behaviour and others.
Third year (Placement year)
During the second year, students prepare their placement applications, aided by a range of support mechanisms. We have a large database of organisations that accept placement students, and are frequently approached by companies or organisations offering placement opportunities in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. The placement year is academically assessed by a report and a seminar presentation at the conclusion of the year.
Student in labFinal Year
The core component of the final year is the Project, which covers 40 of 120 final year credits and stretches over both Semester 1 and 2. In dialogue with a lecturer or professor, you will do your own research and be led to intellectual independence. A diverse spectrum of elective modules allows you to explore individual facets of human biology according to your personal preference and interests.
You may choose between a laboratory project, a field based project or a computing-based project. Students choose their project near the end of their placement year and whichever path you choose, you will find that the project is a particular highlight of your academic training and experience.
Final year modules
Choose 40 credits from the following project modules:
The two-part library project consists of the Evidence-based Literature Review and the Critical analysis sections.
Evidence-Based Literature Review (20 Credits)
Critical analysis: Developing a research proposal (20 Credits)
Laboratory Project (40 Credits)
Choose four optional modules*
Example optional modules may include:
Human Evolution – Genetics and genomics, development of bipedalism, development of society and how humans’ activity applies selective pressure on the evolution of HIV.
Human Health and Disease – This module builds on the 2nd year module ‘Human structure and function’, and discusses advanced concepts in anatomy and physiology. It also gives students an insight into how clinicians approach problems relating to diagnosis and management of disease.
Cancer Biology – Regulation of cell division and aberrations in malignant tumours, genetic bases of tumourigenesis, programmed cell death.
Cellular Signalling** – Signal transduction in and between cells, G-protein coupled receptors, phospholipid and Ca2+ signalling, ligand-gated ion channels and electrical responses.
Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection | Watch video – Evolution of bacterial virulence, antibiotics and antibiotics resistance, genomic data in analysing pathogenicity.
Structures of Destruction – Bacterial and viral pathogens explored from the perspective of their molecular structures, protein misfolding and amyloid diseases.
Bacterial Gene Regulation – How genes are switched on or off in response to external stimuli, how control of gene expression can be explored experimentally.
Molecular and Cellular Immunology | Watch video – Evolution of the immune system, innate immunity, cell biology of immunity, structural basis of discrimination between self and non-self.
Genetic variation in Humans and other Eukaryotes – Genetic variation in humans and model organisms, dynamics of chromosome organisation during mitosis and meiosis, genome instability.
Gene expression analysis
Cellular Neurobiology** | Watch video – Neuronal function and neural development, synaptic function, transmitter receptors and ion channels.
Applied and Environmental Microbiology- Microbial communities, how they compete, and behave socially.
Eukaryotic Gene Expression – The central processes in gene expression are transcription and translation. Control of gene expression plays an important role in development, homeostasis and disease. This module explores the molecular mechanisms used to control gene expression, including transcription initiation, post-transcriptional control and epigenetic.
Graduates of the University of Birmingham are highly regarded among employers in the UK, and a Human Biology degree from this University is an excellent qualification for securing your future career in a diverse range of industries and employment sectors. Our graduates have done consistently well over the last several years, ranking 5th in the Russell Group in terms of Graduate Prospects. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our careers and employability service, known as Careers Network, can help you achieve your goal.
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.