Human Biosciences BSc (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: C110
International Code: HLSU232

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Sandwich

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Start date

September 2022
January 2023


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

Human biosciences embraces some of the most rapidly changing and dynamic areas of modern science and has been responsible for an array of ground-breaking scientific discoveries in human health and disease.

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • Well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience using industry-standard techniques
  • No.1 in the Midlands for career prospects in Biological Sciences in the Times Good University Guide 2021
  • Support applying for placements in laboratory and industrial settings to gain crucial real-world experience
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

Our Human Biosciences BSc (Hons) course looks to enhance your understanding of how the human body functions in health and disease at the tissue, cell and molecular level. You will study topics at the forefront of scientific discovery such as genomics, neurophysiology, and communicable and non-communicable diseases.

  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • You will study in the state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building which provides excellent facilities for teaching and research, featuring our Superlab with industry-standard equipment. Laboratory sessions form a substantial component of your learning experience, providing you with the opportunities to learn key experimental techniques and develop the essential experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological and other careers.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain 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.
  • 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.
  • In the final year you will focus on developing practical laboratory and additional scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics.
  • You also have 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.* We also offer support applying for short and long-term placements in laboratory and industrial settings to gain the experience employers desire.
  • The course provides many opportunities to enhance your study experience. During integrated enhancement weeks scheduled each year, there may be the chance to take part in UK international field trips*, or 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.
  • We offer 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 current 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.

Accredited by:

Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology

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


Biosciences and the BBC

Students were commissioned by the BBC to test surfaces around Coventry for microbial contamination (recorded pre-lockdown).


What you'll study

The first year of the course is shared with other biosciences courses (Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) and Pharmacology BSc (Hons) 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

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Test and coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Test and presentation

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Test and coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Test

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Test and coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Test and coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Objective structured practical and portfolio

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and exam

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

  • 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. 

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and test


  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and test

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Presentation

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and test

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Presentation and test

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and portfolio

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and exam

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

  • Optional

  • Optional

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

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • 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 4,000 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and presentation

  • 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.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and exam

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.


How you'll learn

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.

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.

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

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching such as workshops
  • Medium group teaching - laboratory work
  • Large group teaching such as lectures.

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

You will be allocated a dedicated Academic Personal 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.


Assessment

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
  • 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.


Job ready

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.

You also have 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.* We also offer support applying for short and long-term placements in laboratory and industrial settings to gain the experience employers desire.


International experience opportunities

By its very nature, the course adopts an international perspective as science knows no borders. We also attract students from many different countries 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, for example.


Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBB to include Biology. Excludes General Studies.
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences.
BTEC DDM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Science related subject.
IB Diploma 30-32 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an International Foundation Year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Biosciences will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £16,650 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Facilities

The multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building is home to microbiology, cell culture, molecular biology/genetics, biochemistry and forensic science laboratories, allowing you to work in a professional environment from day one.

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Superlab

Our state-of-the-art SuperLab has facilities including equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.
 
 

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Analytical Chemistry Suite

Students apply their practical and theoretical knowledge to real-life working scenarios. We use a new generation chromatography technique to analyse products ranging from pharmaceutical agents, to cosmetics, drinks and toxins.

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Alison Gingell Building

Our state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features mock ambulance, hospital wards, critical care settings and therapy suites.
 
 


Careers and opportunities

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.

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.

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with the Molecular Biology MSc. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study


How to apply


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    Tuition fees

    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.

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    Facilities

    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    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.

    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), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).