Faculty of Health Sciences

Human Biology

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C102

What you'll study

Gain specialised knowledge of a rapidly evolving field through this in-depth, hands-on approach to the study of the human body's biological systems.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Chemistry of Life

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

  • Cell Structure and Function

    Gain a basic understanding of 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, to produce clear scientific figures, and 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 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

    ​In this module, you’ll study a range of aspects of human physiology, including the circulatory system, blood and cardiac muscles; the nervous system; reproduction; respiration; the gastro-intestinal system and the endocrine system.​

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Molecular Genetics and Proteomics

    ​Develop your understanding of how genetic information encoded by the DNA is regulated in health and disease. Gain practical laboratory skills as you learn how proteins and biomolecules expressed can be investigated using genomic, proteomic and metabolomic methodologies and how this leads to novel disease therapies.​

  • Blood Sciences

    ​Blood science is the study of blood as a marker of disease. Through lab sessions and lectures, you'll explore clinical biochemistry, haematology and hospital transfusion practice. Some of the topics include simple anaemias, renal disease, leukaemia, hepatic dysfunction, coagulopathies and indications of transfusion. 

  • Clinical Microbiology and Immunology

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

  • Professional and Research Skills for Biomedical Scientists

    Focusing on your personal and career development, you'll complete assessments such as applying for a job through the submission of a CV and cover letter. You'll also develop your research skills in biological disciplines.

  • Molecular Cell Biology and Histopathology

    ​Discover the important role histopathology plays in the diagnosis of disease, prognosis and treatment. You will explore the journey that tissue biopsies take from the patient to the microscope.​

  • Human Anatomy

    This module introduces you to the human anatomy in detail. You'll explore the structure of the human skeleton; major landmarks; joints and classification; relevant stabilising structures; muscles and their origins; insertions, actions, and nerve supply; and movements.

  • Nutrition

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Cellular Pathology

    Explore the pathological presentation of several major diseases and their impact upon society. Input from NHS clinical staff allows exploration of the benefits of population screening in disease prevention and diagnosis.​

  • Ageing, Obesity and Health

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

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Human Genetics

    Examine human disease and the underlying genetic causes. You'll learn about cytogenetics and genetic counselling, as well as the inheritance of recessive and dominant diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

  • 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

    ​Clinical haematology is the study of blood cells in relation to disease. Building on blood science, a higher level of disease complexity is studied during this module. Topics include thalassemia, sickle cell, complex anaemias and lymphoma.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    You will have the unique opportunity to work on your own lab-based project alongside researchers. You'll have direct input into experimental design and will analyse your data before writing it up in a dissertation. For many students, this is the highlight of their degree, as it's a chance to show off their skills in a real-world environment.

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More about this course

Recent advances have enabled scientists to define the causes of many diseases at their genetic root. This course can equip you with the theoretical and practical knowledge to get involved in this exciting new chapter of scientific progress.

  • Close links with the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust offer opportunities to enhance your studies.
  • You study under research-active staff whose work has been assessed as internationally excellent.
  • Learn in the facilities of the Allam Building, a £10-million centre for cancer and cardiovascular research.
  • Expert staff from areas such as histopathology and mortuary services contribute to the course.

Human Biology at Hull is an in-depth, hands-on study of the biological systems of the human body. Our course provides a practical, explorative approach to the anatomical structure and physiological processes in health and disease.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Allam Medical Building Hull Campus

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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.

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 - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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, 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.