Faculty of Health Sciences

Human Biology

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C102

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chemistry of Life

    The basis of all life is? Yes, a chemical - join this module to understand the building blocks of biomolecules, their reactivity and biological examples that help to understand organisms physiology, ecology, health and evolution.

  • Cell Structure and Function

    Gain a basic understanding of the cell organisation.Link the structure and function of the major cellular organelles to basic biochemical pathways. During practical sessions, you'll learn how to use light microscope, produce clear scientific figures, to measure the size and calculate the number of cells.

  • Principles of Genetics

    Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms. You will cover the following topics: gene and chromosome structure, DNA replication, mechanisms of transcription and translation, genetic inheritance, genetic variation, and the principles behind techniques used to analyse the genome.

  • Microbiology and Immunology

    This module will introduce you to the wonderful and fascinating world of microorganisms and the defence against "bad" microbes (pathogens) by the intricate human immune system. You'll gain essential theoretical and practical knowledge and be able to demonstrate understanding of microbiology and immunology.

  • Skills for Biomedical and Human Biology Sciences

  • Human Physiology

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Specialisation begins in year two when modules unique to this programme are introduced. Human Anatomy provides an in depth exploration of the human body and its structure with a ‘hands on’ approach to learning. Nutrition examines the nutrient requirements that are essential for health and also introduces the links between nutritional imbalance and disease development and progression.

Core modules

  • Molecular Genetics and Proteomics

  • Blood Sciences

  • Clinical Microbiology and Immunology

    Explore the epidemiology, pathogenesis and laboratory detection of clinically relevant organisms. Healthy and disordered human immunobiology, focusing on autoimmunity, allergies, transplantation, and the techniques used to study these themes will all be studied.

  • Professional Skills for Biomedical Scientists

  • Molecular Cell Biology

  • Human Anatomy

  • Nutrition

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

You focus on issues of current importance to human biologists. Core modules examine the impact of obesity and an ageing population in Ageing, Obesity and Health, whilst Cellular Pathology focuses on the effects of disease on the systems of the body with input from the NHS pathology services. Optional modules allow study of other topical diseases, their development and treatment. Career development is an important part of the final year and as such you can choose to undertake a work-based placement in an area of your choice or be part of one of our exciting, cutting-edge research teams and undertake a laboratory project, or complete the highly regarded Biology in Education module which includes a school placement.

Core modules

  • Cellular Pathology

  • Ageing, Obesity and Health

    Explore the theories of ageing, the process of ageing and examine its effect on the body. You'll study the complex issue of obesity both in terms of its effects at the cellular level, the physiological level and the functional level. Issues surrounding the effects of both obesity and the ageing process in relation to health and disease are also explored.

Optional modules

  • Applied Molecular Biology and Regulation of Gene Expression

  • Clinical Biochemistry

    In this module, you will gain knowledge about theoretical and practical aspects of routine clinical biochemistry analysis including contact with NHS clinical biochemists.

  • Clinical Haematology

  • Medical Microbiology

    You'll cover aspects of medical microbiology focusing primarily on the causative agents, epidemiology and pathogenesis associated with infections of a variety of body sites. You will learn about pathogen-host interactions, the latest research developments and changing treatment options for some of the most important infectious diseases affecting our society at present.

  • Muscle Fitness and Failure

    This module covers two distinct areas of human biomedical science: the heart and skeletal muscle function. You will study the underlying muscular physiology and pathophysiology during muscle failure at the cellular and biochemical level. You'll also explore how cardiovascular research informs new developments in clinical practice.

  • Biology in Education

  • Molecular and Medical Parasitology

    Explore a range of medically important parasites which have a major impact on the morbidity and mortality of populations around the globe. Gain an understanding of the biology of medically important parasites,  the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and host-parasite interactions, and develop practical skills in parasitology.

  • Independent Research Project

    This exciting module enables you to conduct original research in a subject of your choosing, within the broad area of Educational studies. You will plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor and through guided group tutorials.

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More about this 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.

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Our teaching staff

Learn to scuba dive and become a PADI-certified advanced open water diver (extra fee may be payable).

Exciting field work opportunities in the UK or in destinations like Brazil, Malaysia or Mallorca.

Learn in superb facilities such as our botanical gardens and brand new environmental classroom.

Study under world-leading experts on vital issues such as climate change and environmental DNA

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Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have A level Biology/Applied Science at Grade C or above (or merit from relevant BTEC). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology at merit or higher

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

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 academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For Foundation Year, we require 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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


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.