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Human Biosciences BSc (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

Human biosciences is a rapidly changing, exciting and dynamic area of modern science which has given rise to significant scientific discoveries in the field of human health and disease.


The course 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. A wide range of human biosciences knowledge is covered, with a choice of subjects at levels two and three, offering you the opportunity to specialise your degree programme. There is also a focus on laboratory and other scientific skills.

If you choose this course you can benefit from:

  • a degree programme recognised by the Royal Society of Biology;
  • a course on disease, taught by academic staff who are active in research and consultancy, which allows them to bring this expertise into their teaching;
  • a focus on acquisition of broad human biosciences knowledge and practical expertise that may be useful in your future career;
  • hands-on experience of a wide range of laboratory techniques such as gene amplification using PCR, gene sequencing, cell culture, flow cytometry, tissue staining, protein detection and bacterial growth, in modern, well-equipped laboratories;
  • a focus on student-centred teaching in which you can undertake a mini-project and in level two and an independent research project in the final year;
  • support in applying for long and short placements in laboratory and industrial settings to help you to gain experience;
  • use of guest lecturers with current experience in pharmaceutical industry, laboratory research and other jobs in science to help you identify potential careers;
  • the course teams link with a wide range of employers to provide our students with specialist speakers, placements and help to find employment after graduation.


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Recognition shall be renewed in accordance with the Society’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

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The first year of the programme lays the foundation for the study of human biosciences. You will cover key areas and acquire laboratory skills in physiology in health and disease, human development, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology.

In the second year you will further develop your knowledge and laboratory skills in cell biology, molecular genetics and immunology, with a choice of either systemic physiology or biomedical biochemistry.

The final year of your course gives you the opportunity to carry out an independent research project linked to one of the areas of your interest. You will also study human biosciences throughout the lifespan, including embryology an the biology of ageing. You will then have a choice of two subjects from advanced genetics, cancer biology and clinical biochemistry, and either clinical physiology and medical microbiology.


Through your studies you will develop a good knowledge of a range of disciplines and how they apply to human health and disease. This will include both theory and lab-based classes.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, workshops, practical classes and personal tutorials. There is a practical component which is supported by an extensive suite of analytical and biological laboratories staffed by experienced technicians.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • coursework, tests, essays 45%;
  • formal examinations 25%;
  • practical or project work 20%;
  • group work 5%;
  • presentations, posters 5%. 

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week, you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching, which would break down on average as shown below:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of workshops/online tutorials (or later, individual project supervision) each week. In addition you can also arrange to see staff in their ‘drop in’ sessions for any additional help you may need.

Medium-group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes or skills workshops every week.

Large-group teaching: 6 hours of lectures every week.

Personal study: 18 hours each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements: 

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Mathematics and Science, or specified equivalents. For details of acceptable equivalent qualifications for this course please visit.

Typical Offers 

A-Levels: BCC to include Biology. Excludes General Studies.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in a Biological Science subject.

Access: The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology units, plus GCSE English Language, Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 27 points to include a minimum of 5 points in Biology at Higher level.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here. 

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in clinical trials for drug companies, research assistants in laboratories in universities and industry, marketing assistants and medical and scientific representatives.

Graduates have also used their qualifications to progress into teaching careers, as well as postgraduate study to obtain MSc, MPhil and PhD qualifications.

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.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.


Included in the fees:

  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Laboratory coat and safety spectacles provided for use;
  • Costs of any mandatory UK day visits;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children;
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Refundable deposit for turning point handset;
  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


Our sandwich degree option allows a full-year work placement which can be taken abroad or you can undertake a study year abroad. The University runs a number of specific schemes to allow students periods of overseas study or work experience and offers a number of grants to enable such visits. A number of students in our department have been successful in securing places via these schemes for example in Spain, France, Canada and the US.

In addition, students from many different countries are enrolled on the course, giving all students a varied and fulfilling environment in which to learn.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say – James Dayus

The course gave me the theoretical knowledge and invaluable laboratory skills, that has enabled me to progress onto a PhD programme and focus on research.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152