Human Biosciences BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

C110

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

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September 2020
January 2021

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Course code:

C110

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

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+44 (0) 24 7765 2152
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Course code:

HLSU232

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152
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Overview

Human Biosciences encompasses some of the most rapidly changing and dynamic areas of biology and medicine.

This course enables you to explore the current and emerging challenges to human health. It has been designed to inspire, guide and empower you to better understand the scientific basis of these global health challenges and to be able to contribute towards finding solutions. Whilst advancing technology and medical knowledge has brought undoubted benefits, it has equally brought new and rapidly emerging problems.

We are facing new challenges due to modern 24-hour lifestyles, the impacts of climate change and environmental pollution, emerging infectious diseases, the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance and an increasingly ageing population. This course aims to equip you to assess and understand new scientific developments and to communicate effectively to diverse audiences, to encourage dialogue between the public, academics and policy makers to advance progress towards a healthier future for us all.

This exciting degree can potentially lead to a range of research and health related careers in biomedicine. The broad range of subjects covered include microbiology, molecular biology, medical genetics, cancer biology, physiology, cell biology and neuroscience. These subjects are of increasing importance in medical research and underpin the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

97% overall satisfaction - National Student Survey 2018.

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Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

This course is designed to fulfil the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) accreditation requirements. We will be applying for accreditation to the RBS later in 2020.

Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology

Students are eligible to become Associate Members of the Royal Society of Biology after graduation.

Our Facilities

Hospital Ward

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Ambulance

Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

SuperLab

SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

What our students say

The Human Biosciences course has given me the knowledge and key skills to feel confident going into the science industry, as well as postgraduate study. Using the modern University laboratory has really prepared me for professional laboratory roles. The academic staff are incredibly helpful, and are always happy to aid your learning.

Stefan Peters, Human Biosciences BSc

Course information

This degree 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.

We place great emphasis on the acquisition of broad human biosciences knowledge and practical expertise, which is most likely to be useful in your future career related to Human Biosciences.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year of the course is shared with other biosciences courses (BSc Biomedical Science and BSc Pharmacology) and provides underpinning knowledge, laboratory and data analysis skills relevant for Human Biosciences. This shared approach allows you to appreciate a diversity of applications and roles for biosciences and to gain a broad understanding of the subject area.

You will cover key areas and acquire laboratory skills in physiology in health and disease, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology.

Modules

  • Human Physiology from Cells to Systems

    In this module you will consider the key features of eukaryotic cells, their organisation into tissues and organs, and the structure and function of major physiological systems in the human body. You will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, to develop an understanding of human cell and body function and an appreciation of disease states.

  • Genotype to Phenotype

    Our genetic information, its structure, function and inheritance (genotype), and how this determines the characteristics of an individual (phenotype) is what you will study on this module. You will be introduced to the principles of heredity, the complexity of human genetics, human individual variation, evolutionary principles and population genetics. The central dogma of DNA to RNA to protein (transcription and translation) will be also be discussed. On successful completion of the module you will gain knowledge and skills relating to DNA manipulation in the laboratory, and the retrieval and analysis of sequence information using bioinformatics tools. You will also examine the ethical issues resulting from increased access to genomic information.

  • Structure, Function and Analysis of Biomolecules

    You will be introduced the principles and practice of key laboratory techniques used in the analysis of biological molecules. You will be supported to understand and develop a sound appreciation of good laboratory practice, including maintenance of laboratory records, quality assurance, competence in fundamental laboratory procedures and routine calculations such as concentration and dilution. You should also gain an understanding of the use of contemporary digital technologies to analyse and present data effectively, and the format of standard laboratory reports.

  • Academic and Professional Development for Life Sciences

    In this module you will have a series of regular small group or individual tutorials with your Academic Personal Tutor (APT). The aim of these sessions is to encourage self-awareness and self-reflection, to enable you to develop strategies to enhance your own development, to maximise your academic success and also your career prospects. These tutorials will allow you to get to know your APT and to develop your skills and competencies. You will start to establish an evidence-based portfolio that you will extend throughout your university studies to provide a valuable resource for future employability.

  • Enzymes and Metabolism

    The role of enzymes as biological catalysts to facilitate chemical reactions within the body will be your focus in this module. You will also examine the role of energy in determining the rate and direction of chemical reactions, and the mechanisms by which enzymes act to lower energy requirements. Enzyme assays and the kinetics of enzyme reactions including reagent and enzyme concentrations, reaction conditions, cofactors and inhibitors are investigated in theory and in practice will also be considered.

  • The Microbial World

    This module introduces you to the different types of microorganisms with a detailed focus on bacteria and viruses. You will consider the structure, growth characteristics and laboratory cultivation/propagation and enumeration of bacteria and viruses, and the role of microorganisms in both human health and disease is explored, together with an introduction to the body’s protective response to infection, the immune system. You will investigate control strategies for microorganisms, including sterilisation, disinfection, antimicrobial compounds and vaccines, together with current and emerging concerns such as antimicrobial resistance are considered.

    Laboratory classes will develop key skills in aseptic technique and culture of bacteria and viruses.

  • Drugs, Receptors and Responses

    This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of cell communication operating in both healthy and disease states, and the mechanisms of action of selected drugs that act via cellular receptors (pharmacodynamics). You will also examine the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs (pharmacokinetics).

    The search for novel or improved drugs involves many stages, from target identification, compound synthesis, in vitro and in vivo testing, including human clinical trials. You will be introduced to this process, including consideration of ethical, safety and regulatory issues.

  • Professional Practice for Life Scientists

    - In this module, you will demonstrate your developing laboratory and professional skills and competencies and preparedness for future employment. Workshop and tutorial sessions, involving the University’s Talent Team will raise awareness of opportunities available from this course, placements, short work experience and other enhancement activities and encourage you to create an appropriate online networking profile.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

Overview

In the second year of study you will focus on human health and disease, to understand the complexity of interactions at the molecular, cellular, organismal and inter-organismal levels in normal and disease states. You will develop your communication skills and put these into practice to engage lay audiences in scientific challenges.

Modules

  • Human Physiology: Health and Homeostasis

    In this module you will integrate topics in human physiology, cell biology and biochemistry extended from Year 1 study, to consider the physiological control and feedback mechanisms of the human body, maintaining a healthy state of homeostasis. You will also consider the biochemical and hormonal control and integration of metabolic reactions, particularly relating to energy balance. You will examine the role of diet and exercise in relation to maintaining healthy body mass. Links between poor diet and lack of exercise, obesity and diabetes are discussed, preparing you for future considerations of global health challenges relating to these issues.

  • Microorganisms in Human Health and Disease

    In this module you will explore prokaryotes and other microbes as commensals, agents of disease and as sources of antibiotics. Increasing evidence highlights the important role of our diverse gut microbiome to modulate metabolic processes and to protect against disease. You will discuss methods to study this diversity including contemporary molecular based techniques, alongside the consequences of dysbiosis and the development of disease states.

    You will also have the opportunity to explore pathogenic interactions between microorganisms, both cellular (bacteria, fungi and parasites) and viral, with human and non-human host. You will also consider how human behaviour has impacted on microbial evolution, such as the selection of antibiotic resistance, and the use of microorganisms as antibiotic sources.

    You will also integrate learning from this module, together with learning from Human Physiology: Health and Homeostasis in a course based integrated assessment module Gut Microbiota in Human Health and Disease which focuses on the association between gut microbiota and human health and disease.

  • Human Genetic Diversity

    In this module you will explore natural genetic variation and epigenetics in humans. Genetic studies in humans are complex for both ethical reasons and because of limitations imposed by natural variation. Therefore in this module you will also consider the uses of model organisms for genetic studies. Topics addressed will include how tissue-specific gene expression, chromatin and DNA modifications, heterozygosity and dominance effects affect gene expression and phenotypes. You will also examine methods to analyse genetic variation, gene expression and new ways to explore the causes of disease phenotypes.

  • Gut Microbiota in Human Health and Disease

    This is an assessment only module that integrates learning from Human Physiology: Health and Homeostasis and Microroganisms in Human Health and Disease. In this assessment, you will research and communicate a selected topic relating to the importance of our gut microbiota in maintaining physiological health and the consequences of dysbiosis.

  • Neurophysiology

    Mental disorders have significant impacts on health, plus social and economic consequences worldwide. This module introduces you to the applied physiology of the brain and nervous system. You will also investigate the physiological disruption of normal processes of neurotransmission, resulting in disorders of movement, memory, behaviour, anxiety and mood.

  • The Immune System in Health and Disease

    In this module you will explore the role played by our immune system in both health and disease. You will consider both the innate and adaptive immune responses and their actions to protect the host in cases of pathogen attack. You will also explore how chronic inflammation, rather than being protective, is now recognised as a determining factor in a number of non-communicable diseases. Dysfunctions of the immune system, including hypersensitivity, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency will also be covered, alongside immune responses to transplants and manipulation of the immune system for therapeutic purposes.

  • Modern Lifestyles, Health and Disease

    Through this module you will investigate how modern lifestyles and our changing environment are affecting human health both positively and negatively. You will consider the physiological consequences of the rapid changes resulting from increased urbanisation. The module will also enable you to focus on the importance of effective communication of scientific knowledge to lay audiences to advance understanding and to influence behavioural change and policy decisions.

  • Group Research Project

    This module takes the form of a group based “mini-project”. A number of project topics will be available, linked to prior study areas such as microbiology and genetics. The projects will involve literature and technical research, laboratory practical investigation and reporting of the outcomes and impact.

    You are required to apply for roles within the research teams and successful appointment to a particular project team will be determined by interview. You will consider issues such as intellectual property, confidentiality and commercial application of research findings. The literature review, experimental planning, data analysis and critical evaluation, plus logistical considerations will help you to prepare for your final year capstone project.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

Overview

After your second year, you have the option of taking a placement year either studying abroad or on a professional placement.

If you wish to do so, you can opt to take the Professional Training module or the Study abroad module, which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and provided that you confirm your interest in undertaking this option before the end of your second year, typically in August.

We will provide support in finding a suitable placement* and, in the past, students have worked as a Protein Detection Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, Clinical Operations at Roche, Commercial Junior Strategy Manager at Pfizer, Laboratory Technician (Musculoskeletal Science) at the University of East Anglia, Medical Intervention Research Assistant at Freshwinds, Research Assistant at the Centre for Liver Research, Birmingham University, Junior Scientist at Nemaura Pharma Ltd, Assay Development Technician at Binding Site and as a Research Assistant at Biocote.

Modules

  • Professional Training

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year considers global health challenges, exploring in detail both infectious and non-communicable diseases facing modern populations around the world. You will work with your colleagues on real world case studies and practical laboratory investigations. You will also carry out an independent research project linked to one of the areas of your interest.

Modules

  • Metabolic Non-Communicable Diseases

    The major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide result from non-communicable diseases (NCD), including cardiovascular diseases, liver disease and diabetes mellitus. In this module you will examine current research approaches to dissect and understand the mechanisms underlying the development of these conditions, including the impact of lifestyle choices and behaviours.

    Your learning from this module will also be integrated with learning from Infectious Disease: Present and Future Challenges in an integrated course-based assessment focusing on the health challenges of multiple conditions Multimorbidity: An Emerging Health Challenge.

  • Infectious Disease: Present and Future Challenges

    In this module you will focus on the varied infectious disease challenges that affect human populations in different communities worldwide. You will discuss the epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging diseases, the increasing problems of healthcare acquired infection, the rise of antibiotic resistance and strategies to counter this. You will also have the opportunity to consider the continuing global burden of neglected tropical diseases. This module relates to Goal 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the target to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable disease.

    Your learning from this module will also be integrated with learning from Metabolic Non-Communicable Disease in an integrated course-based assessment focussing on the health challenges of multiple conditions Multimorbidity: An Emerging Health Challenge.

  • Multimorbidity: An Emerging Health Challenge

    This is an assessment only module which draws upon learning from Metabolic Non- Communicable Disease and Infectious Disease: Present and Future Challenges. Within these modules you have considered the biological factors that lead to common non-communicable diseases typical of urbanised populations, and the global incidence and challenges presented by infectious disease. A key area of health concern currently is the rise in cases of multimorbidity, where an individual suffers from two or more long standing chronic conditions which frequently interact to produce complex scenarios. For example, people with diabetes may also have HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or hospital acquired infections. Multimorbidity is set to become the “norm” in future years, particularly in elderly populations.

  • Research Design for Human Biosciences

    In this module, you will prepare for your final year research project. The module is designed to support you through the process of defining your research question, planning your experiments and considering the most appropriate data analysis methods. The module should enhance your skills in literature searching, experimental design, scientific writing, data processing and statistical analysis. You will submit your proposal for ethical and health and safety approval, and to address key aspects of project management and logistics.
    You will also consider how novel ideas and findings can be harnessed to deliver commercial value and the multidisciplinary nature of enterprise and innovation, opportunities for commercial development of ideas and an awareness of intellectual property will be discussed.

  • Biology of Human Ageing

    The structure of populations around the world is changing due to advances in health care and disease management. Human life expectancy has increased by more in the past 40 years than in the previous 4000 years. However, as life expectancy increases, so does the amount of time spent in poor health. Thus, ageing potentially represents the greatest health challenge for the 21st century. In this module you will investigate the cellular and molecular changes that occur during the human lifespan with a focus on particular processes associated with ageing. You will also consider changes in the ability of tissues to regenerate, cellular and DNA damage, circadian rhythm and hormonal alterations and aberrant protein folding resulting in disease phenotypes.

  • Genomics, Disease and Personalised Therapy

    Our increasing genomic knowledge has led to advances in medical treatment such that therapies may now be tailored to the unique molecular or genetic characteristics of individual patients. In this module you will consider the impact of genomic knowledge and advances in genomic analysis on the understanding of mechanisms of disease, and the potential for development of these personalised therapies. You will also consider how applicable these approaches are worldwide.

  • Independent Project in Human Biosciences

    The aim of this module is for you to conduct a piece of investigative research, which may be laboratory or non-laboratory based, in a specialised area of Human Biosciences. This module follows from Research Design in Human Biosciences and you implement your research proposals in this module. The variety and scope of projects allows you to pursue your own interests, potentially linked to future career aspirations, and to integrate prior skills and knowledge. You are supported and guided by your supervisor, but are encouraged to develop independence of thought, and the ability and confidence to adapt and evolve your research ideas.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

97%

of our students were satisfied with the quality of the course, National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.

In more detail...

  • The course is designed to fulfil the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) accreditation requirements. We will be applying for RSB accreditation later in 2020
  • The course provides many opportunities to enhance your study experience. During integrated enhancement weeks scheduled each year, there are options to take part in international field trips (additional costs may apply, and such opportunities may be subject to availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements), opportunities to improve particular skills and competencies and to explore career options. If you are unable to take part in international field trips you will have alternative intercultural opportunities available on campus, such as extended group projects linking with field trip groups.
  • The course also includes the option to incorporate a year of appropriate work experience, in a variety of settings, or a year of study abroad, taken between years 2 and 3.
  • There will also be opportunities to interact with students internationally through Collaborative Online International Learning projects.
  • Human Biosciences embrace some of the most rapidly changing and expanding sciences and upon successful completion of the course you will be well equipped to enter a changing employment market where methods and logic, scientific literacy, conceptual knowledge and ability to communicate to diverse audiences will be essential. Graduates should therefore be well placed to enter a variety of career routes. These include bioscience, biotechnology and healthcare industries, university, government agency, charity-funded and commercial laboratories, educational roles and international organisations.
  • Strong portfolio of research with 61% rated 4* or 3* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • Support applying for short and long-term placements in laboratory and industrial settings to gain the experience employers desire.
  • Based in new £37 million state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring a state-of-the-art super lab.
  • Course team benefits from extensive links with employers, such as the NHS, university research labs, public health laboratories and biotech companies, such as Binding Site, to help you apply for employment after you graduate.
  • Hands-on experience of a wide range of laboratory technique 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.
  • Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our University research centres, which focus on the themes of: cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity.

Our main study themes are:

  • Human physiology: You will explore the structure and functions of the human body and the ways in which these adapt to our environment. We will examine cause-and-effect mechanisms, comparing healthy and disease states. You will be introduced to the concept of metabolic and development control, as well as laboratory techniques for the measurement of physiological variables, such as metabolic rate, heart rate, blood pressure and spirometry.
  • Human biology: Examines human development from both an individual and a population perspective. You will be introduced to basic neurosciences, examining circadian rhythms, both in the brain and in peripheral tissues, and the link with processes such as sleep and cell cycle. We will consider some of the global challenges to human population development, including causes of mortality and morbidity such as malaria, helminth infection, HIV, TB, heart disease and cancer, including prevalence, incidence and factors which contribute towards these diseases.
  • Biochemistry: We will consider the structure of biological molecules and their functional properties within the cell, together with the action of enzymes, including the basic principles of enzyme kinetics. You will explore the molecular aspects of human nutrition, digestion and metabolism. The mechanisms of control and integration of metabolism of carbohydrates and fatty acids at different organisational levels are discussed, together with alterations in metabolism due to genetic predispositions. You will understand the important role that biochemical investigations play in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, together with the rationale behind routine tests such as electrolyte measurements, metabolite and enzyme assays, with the emphasis on both the underlying pathophysiology and the contribution that these tests make to the diagnosis and to the management of the patient.
  • Microbiology: You will be introduced to the microbiological world, including aspects of bacterial cell structure and growth, as well as antibiotic action and resistance. We will focus on the biology of medically important micro-organisms and the role they play in health and disease, exploring the structure and function of the defence mechanisms of hosts, specifically the immune responses that are targeted against pathogens. You will learn about the pathogenicity and epidemiology of selected viruses (e.g. Hepatitis, Influenza, and HIV) and infections, the resulting responses, as well as the control and eradication of viral diseases.
  • Cell and molecular biology: You will gain an understanding of the structure and functions of mammalian cells and the metabolic processes that occur within them. You will cover cell division mechanisms, energy metabolism, cell communication and cell defence. You will learn about genetic inheritance patterns linked to the understanding of DNA replication, transcription and translation, investigating complex genetic disorders such as heart disease and dementia. You will explore cancer from a clinical, biological and epidemiological perspective, examining the cellular and genetic changes that occur during transformation and discussing how inherited susceptibilities can predispose individuals to develop certain cancers. We will learn about molecular methods for the early detection, monitoring and treatment of various cancers as well as preventative measures.
  • Genetics and Genomics: You will study human genetic disorders, both chromosomal and single gene disorders and complex diseases. We will look at the techniques and theoretical knowledge which has made the recent great strides forward in our understanding of our genes and genome, together with their applications and implications. Genetic predisposition to diseases such diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease will be investigated. You will become familiar with the latest advances in genomic analysis in the understanding of mechanisms of disease.
  • Immunology: You will look at aspects of various infectious and non-infectious diseases and health conditions facing the population. You will also consider the effects of chronic inflammation as a determining factor in a number of non-communicable diseases and discuss dysfunctions of the immune system, including hypersensitivity, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency.

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.

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 effect of sleep deprivation on physiological and mental health in healthy young adults.

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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays, formal examinations, practical or project work, group work, presentations and posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Analyse, interpret and synthesise information from a variety of sources applied to the understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of human health and disease and current global health challenges.
  • Assess problems from different perspectives and dissect a problem into its key features to solve it using appropriate methods.
  • Understand, analyse and present numerical data using appropriate statistical programmes and presentation techniques.
  • Perform a wide range of regularly used laboratory techniques competently, with due regard to health and safety, appropriate experimental design and data recording.
  • Communicate human biosciences topics appropriately to a variety of audiences, using a range of formats and approaches, including digital media.
  • Design, plan, implement, analyse and report a research-based project, including ethical considerations.
  • Demonstrate skills such as time-management, initiative and creativity, organisational and knowledge transfer skills, necessary for independent life-long learning in a global environment.
  • Collaborate and work with others, recognising and respecting the views and perspectives of others.
  • Evaluate and reflect on their own performance as an individual and team member and evaluate the performance of others.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 17 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: workshops each week.
  • Medium group teaching: laboratory work each week
  • Large group teaching: lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week eg. working on coursework assignments.

By its very nature, the course adopts an international perspective – as science knows no borders. We also attract students from many different countries – from Europe, Asia and South America – providing a varied, multicultural and fulfilling environment in which to learn. We encourage students to mix on group work and projects.

The placement/study abroad option allows a year’s work placement or study, which can be taken abroad.* Some former students have studied at the University of Leiden in Holland. The University also offers a number of grants to enable international visits and a number of our students have been successful in securing places, for example, in Spain, France, Canada and the US.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Global ready

Did 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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

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.”

James Dayus, BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences, graduated in 2013, now a PhD student

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU232
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB to include Biology. Excludes General Studies. DDM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Science related subject. 30-32 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

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.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

Table of qualificationsUCASBTEC
GCE A2 Level Tariff points L3 Extended Diploma
A*A*A*       168 D*D*D*
A*A*A       160 D*D*D*
A*A*B
    152 D*D*D
A*A*C AAA     144 DDD
A*A*D AAB BBA*  A*AC 136  
  AAC BBA   128 DDM
  AAD BBB ABC 120  
  AAE BBC ACC 112 DMM
    BBD
108  
      CCC 96 MMM

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language an IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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What our students say

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.”

James Dayus, BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences, graduated in 2013, now a PhD student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£15,100 (per year)


January 2021

£15,100 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Additional costs: This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans:

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans:

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say

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.”

James Dayus, BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences, graduated in 2013, now a PhD student

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Over 1.2 million people work in primary science-based roles in the UK, with the boundaries between biosciences, chemical sciences and physical sciences becoming increasingly blurred.

There is a growing demand for highly skilled staff with the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, right across industry, in the health service, government establishments, research and educational institutions. Our degree is designed to help you develop a wide range of skills that will be attractive to many different types of employers. We can help you find placements, internships and job opportunities, by advertising jobs, holding an annual jobs fair, helping with CV writing and job interview technique.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. We provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

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Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in conducting clinical trials for drug companies, as research assistants in laboratories in universities and various roles within industry, such as marketing assistants and medical and scientific representatives for companies. Others have used their qualifications to progress into teaching careers, as well as postgraduate study to obtain MSc, MPhil and PhD qualifications.

What our students say

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.”

James Dayus, BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences, graduated in 2013, now a PhD student
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.