Human Biology

BSc (Hons)

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What you'll study

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BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year

For those who do not have a strong enough academic background for direct entry to the full BSc course, a foundation year provides a foundation of scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge, while developing a reflective and adaptive approach to study. You learn through a mix of formal study, discussion and practical experience.

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £16,000

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £10,670

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
FY  20%  0%  80%
Y1  17%  0%  83%
Y2  18%  0%  82%
Final  18%  0%  82%
FY  36%  37%  27%
Y1  65%  0%  35%
Y2  47%  18%  35%
Final  47%  18%  35%

About the course

Advances in recent years have enabled scientists to define the causes of many diseases at their genetic root. Our programme is designed to equip you with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to participate in this exciting new chapter of scientific progress. Human Biology at Hull will give you an in depth, hands on approach to the study of the biological systems of the human body. Our programme provides a practical, explorative approach to the anatomical structure and physiological processes in both health and disease.

The teaching that we deliver is research-led, we have new state of the art facilities and are at the cutting edge of cancer and cardiovascular research. Most importantly, our Human Biology programme is designed to include bespoke core modules throughout each year of study. Our close links with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust offers opportunities to enhance your study experience. Expert staff from areas such as histopathology and mortuary services contribute to the programme and opportunities exist for students to spend time within these clinical areas. You will graduate with a wealth of transferable skills in addition to specialised knowledge of a rapidly expanding and exciting area.


BSc (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 5.5 overall, with 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

As a human biologist you will graduate with a wealth of transferable skills in addition to specialised knowledge of a rapidly expanding and exciting area. Numerous career opportunities exist and our graduates go on to be successful in a diverse range of areas, including the health care sector and the pharmaceutical industry.

The introduction to teaching, via the Biology in Education module, often leads to teacher training for some of our graduates whilst others go on to pursue further studies at MSc or PhD level.

Either way our graduates find that their skills and knowledge are highly prized in the general graduate job market as many employers recognise that human biologists from a good university make excellent employees.