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BSc in Human Biology and Health (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Human Biology

Course Description

Our Human Biology and Health scheme has been developed to reflect the diverse expertise and research activity of staff within the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. The scheme provides you with the opportunity to study a range of biological disciplines including physiology, microbiology, immunology and genetics, coupling these disciplines with the study of human biomechanics and psychology. The curriculum allows you to develop a sound understanding of the main conditions that influence human health in the 21st century.  

  • Facilities for high-throughput DNA sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics and spectroscopic platforms;
  • Application of psychology to understand the process of behaviour change and its relevance to delay the development of chronic conditions including heart disease, diabetes and cancer;
  • Our modern physiological, biomechanical and psychological equipment including body scanning for bone health and body composition determination, cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic analysers, high-performance treadmills, cycles and rowers, along with computer-based digital video and a force plate to allow sophisticated analysis of movement;
  • You will be taught by passionate, engaged, friendly and staff with expertise across the full range of Biological topics;
  • Your academic studies will be bolstered by a wealth of laboratory and field classes which build real scientific skills essential for your future;
  • Our teaching and E-learning facilities provide you with an outstanding learning experience integrating the classroom sessions and a vast repository of study resources;
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor who can guide you through your time at Aberystwyth and help you to settle in when you first arrive;
  • We have invested heavily and over a number of years in our research facilities, and project students may get the opportunity to work in the research units on Penglais, or in our dedicated research facility at Gogerddan just outside Aberystwyth.

Our Human Biology and Health scheme has been developed to reflect the diverse expertise and research activity of staff within the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. The scheme provides you with the opportunity to study a range of biological disciplines including physiology, microbiology, immunology and genetics, coupling these...

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Course Content

In your first year: 

  • Students are taught the important content which underpin human biology and health, which will provide a sound foundation on which year 2 and 3 can be built upon. Topics may include:  
  • Exercise psychology; 
  • Genetics;
  • Metabolism; 
  • Exercise physiology; 
  • Human anatomy; 
  • Nutrition;
  • Microbial diversity. 

In your second year:

  • Students study research methods; 
  • Exercise physiology;
  • Immunology; 
  • Students can look at health from the perspective of improving health and performance;
  • Sport injury;
  • Microbiology;
  • Proteins and enzymes;
  • You may also learn the practical methods for exploring these topics independently.

In your third year:

  • Students will undertake an independent project as well as being taught:
  • Molecular pharmacology; 
  •  Managing chronic diseases such as diabetes or obesity; 
  • Various optional modules are also available to suit the interests of the student.

In your first year:  Students are taught the important content which underpin human biology and health, which will provide a sound foundation on which year 2 and 3 can be built upon. Topics may include:   Exercise psychology;  Genetics; Metabolism;  Exercise physiology;  Human...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5 points...

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Assessment Methods

  • Exams;
  • Essays;
  • Practical exercises;
  • Oral presentations;
  • Reports;
  • Statistical exercises;
  • Dossiers;
  • Portfolios;
  • Wikis;
  • Reflective diaries;
  • Literature reviews;
  • Magazine articles.

  • Exams;
  • Essays;
  • Practical exercises;
  • Oral presentations;
  • Reports;
  • Statistical exercises;
  • Dossiers;
  • Portfolios;
  • Wikis;
  • Reflective diaries;
  • Literature reviews;
  • Magazine articles.