BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences96C3

    Course Overview

    Duration: Three years full-time
  • Biosciences is the study of human life at all levels of complexity from molecules to populations. Human Biosciences at Plymouth Marjon University has researchers working at the cutting edge of regenerative medicine and stem cell research. Biosciences has much to contribute to the health and wealth of the nation. Fundamental understanding of diseases, together with the development of new vaccines, drugs and antibiotics, has saved many lives. An understanding of biology is essential for a viable human future. As a Biosciences graduate you can help society to meet the challenging social, ethical and legal problems posed by new developments, such as stem cell cloning, gene patenting and gene therapy, while working to maintain biodiversity and a stable and sustainable environment. Our new BSc (Hons) Biosciences programme is aligned with the requirements specified by the Royal Society of Biology and includes the study of biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, immunology, physiology, molecular biotechnology, pharmacology and toxicology.

    Our academics have close links with industrial, medical and biotechnology organisations that will enrich your learning and provide exciting placement opportunities. We will encourage you to work with these organisations outside of curriculum time to develop your experience and enhance your employability prospects. This is a practical and experimental subject. Consequently, you will participate in collecting data by undertaking experiments, practical investigations and laboratory studies and use computer to process large data sets. You will interact with exceptional researchers and practitioners leading your tutorials, lab practicals and group lectures. You will gain practical experience in our state-of the-art professionally accredited science laboratories. Your learning will be driven towards small, focused sessions culminating in your own bioscience research project dealing with questions and issues at the cutting-edge of life science research. Our programme has close industry links ensuring you become familiar with latest techniques and skills. Please note that BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences starts in September 2019 and is currently subject to validation.

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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Engaging with learning
  • Biochemistry & biophysics
  • Human physiology & functional anatomy
  • Biology & genetics
  • Health assessment
  • Bioscience skills
2nd Year
  • Research methods and analysis
  • Immunology
  • Molecular biotechnology
  • Placement
  • Microbiology & safety
  • Integrated biology of disease
3rd Year
  • Honours project
  • Advanced model systems
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Entrepreneurship & small business management
  • Regenerative medicine


Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Human Biosciences graduates can work a variety of sectors both related and unrelated to science, including in healthcare and NHS, food, the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, local and central government, environmental health and sports science. Students can apply for student membership with The Royal Society of Biology and the IBMS and can apply for full membership following completion.

Specific roles include toxicologist, microbiologist, forensic scientist, healthcare scientist or scientific/medical laboratory officer. Students will develop excellent analytical and numeracy skills which can be applied across a wide range of business and finance roles. We also offer progression to our MBA inclusive of a 10% discount on fees.

Course Leader

This Human Biosciences degree is led by Dr Saul Bloxham who works with the NHS to deliver physical activity programmes designed to support patients with chronic low back pain and cancer at the University clinics.