The BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences course is available as a full-time three-year or optional four-year sandwich course. The optional sandwich year can be taken either on placement or studying abroad in a related field.
You will be allocated a dedicated Personal Academic Tutor for the duration of your course, who will schedule regular 1:1 meetings with you and with whom you can make an appointment whenever you need to; you can also arrange to see other members of staff in ‘drop in’ sessions for any additional help you may need. The outstanding academic support offered to students is often one of the main highlights of our students’ experience – in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, 100% of students felt they received sufficient advice and support with their studies, had been able to contact staff when needed and were given good advice.
Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop a good knowledge of a range of disciplines and how they apply to human health and disease, including both theory and lab-based classes.
You will have the opportunity to undertake challenging lab and non-lab based independent research projects, dealing with important life science research questions, which in the past have tackled, for example, the antimicrobial activity of essential oils, cinnamon and ginger against drug resistant clinical pathogens or the optimisation of the ‘PCR-RFLP technique’, which detects variations in DNA sequences, when analysing leukaemia and liver cancer cell lines.
Regular research seminars, by our staff, PhD students and visiting lecturers, bring you the latest issues on a wide range of research topics. Recent topical sessions, for example, have covered the relationship between physical activity levels and body fat of children aged between eight and nine from UK schools in low socioeconomic areas, responding to the huge ongoing debate about child obesity. We have also considered the importance of Nobel Prize-winning molecular analysis – specifically ‘3’ end mRNA modification – which has demonstrated that all extant forms of life on Earth share common structural and sequence features of the ribosomal RNA, reflecting a common ancestry.
Teaching methods include:
lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, projects, workshops and practical laboratory sessions, supported by an extensive suite of analytical and biological laboratories staffed by experienced technicians.