Undergraduate study2017

BSc

Human Biology

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

Loughborough's Human Biology degree is unique in its emphasis, its integrative and systematic approach and its global perspective.

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BSc

Human Biology

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

Loughborough's Human Biology degree is unique in its emphasis, its integrative and systematic approach and its global perspective.

Course details

Why choose us?

  • Ranked 2nd for Sports Science  (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • 98% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)
  • Top 10 in England for ‘overall satisfaction’ (NSS 2015)

Loughborough's Human Biology degree is unique in its emphasis, its integrative and systematic approach and its global perspective. Modular in structure, the degree explores how the human species evolved, how the species changes over the lifespan, how humans adapt to external stressors, and how human biology and culture influence disease risk.

You also have the opportunity to take advantage of our links to industry and the health and welfare sector by opting for an employability-boosting year-long placement.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich B151
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time B150
Selection

There are no required A-Level subjects, but good preparation for the course is obtained by a combination from biology, chemistry, psychology, geography, mathematics or physics.

Other subjects are considered but you will need to have good GCSE passes in the sciences.

A-Level offers may vary according to the subjects offered and excellence in recognised extra-curricular activities.

Decisions are made on the basis of the UCAS form and usually without interview, although mature applicants are invited to discuss their applications.

All applicants being considered for entry are invited to visit the Department and, if they wish, to discuss any aspects of their application.

No distinction is made between applications for the three and four-year courses.

Applicants from any part of the world are welcome. All applicants must meet the University English language requirements.

Assessment

Assessment is by written examinations and/or by coursework. This may include essay writing or other written skills, presentations, orally or as posters, continuous assessment by short answer or multiple choice questions.

Modules vary from 100% coursework; 75% coursework: 25% examination; 50% coursework: 50% examination to 100% examination.

Scholarships for students

University Merit Scholarships are available for the Human Biology course.

Professional recognition

Graduates with a 2:2 degree or higher are eligible for membership of the Institute of Biology, the United Kingdom’s professional body for biologists, and the Society for the Study of Human Biology, an international scientific society for the general advancement and promotion of research in the biology of human populations in all its branches.

Student membership of both organisations is also open to Human Biology students.

Graduate destinations

Career opportunities exist in scientific and medical research, teaching, clinical scientist roles, analytical laboratory work, scientific or clinical writing, marketing or sales within health service, government, local authorities, industry and charitable and international organisations.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

A further two modules are selected from those on offer in the School and University.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

A further two modules are selected from those on offer in the School and University.

Optional placement / study year

Professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Compulsory modules:

A research project of your own choosing (four modules). Recent projects include investigations on child health, bone health, DNA polymorphisms, heat strain, napping and performance, diet quality.

At least four modules from:

Remaining modules are selected from those on offer in the School and University.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: B151 BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB including at least one science (Biology preferred)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB in two science based subjects, plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 in Biology and one other science (at least one of which should be at HL)
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (must be in a relevant subject): DDM including a majority of distinctions
Additional
GCSE Maths and English Language grade C (B preferred)

UCAS code: B150 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB including at least one science (Biology preferred)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB in two science based subjects, plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 in Biology and one other science (at least one of which should be at HL)
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (must be in a relevant subject): DDM including a majority of distinctions
Additional
GCSE Maths and English Language grade C (B preferred)

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Professional training

Students on the four-year course undertake ten months professional training outside of the University (between the second and final years) in an approved occupation relevant to human biology. This may be in pharmaceutical laboratories, in research units of hospitals or medical schools and in the scientific civil service.

Students may receive an additional award of the Diploma in Professional Studies. For this, a written review of the student’s experience and a report from the University and placement tutor is considered. 

Transfer between the three and four-year courses is normally possible up to the end of the first year.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: B151

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: B150

Our students

Alexandra Beviss

“The practical laboratory sessions enable hands on experience while also preparing us for a potential future career in the field.”

Charlie Myford

“We have access to world class facilities and opportunities to meet a variety a people within the Sport and Exercise field which will help us with our future career choices.”

Elie Jr Akobeto

“The teaching quality here is of a high standard. They aim to challenge you and provide you the opportunity to ask questions and learn in an engaging environment.”

Joe Banks

“My course has high quality of teaching in an environment that encourages engagement. We also have many lab sessions which complement the module content and lecture very well.”

Emily Glass

“Across all three years of the course, students have plenty of choice and freedom in terms of which modules they choose, therefore allowing you to really tailor your course to your preference.”

Hayley Johnson

“In some modules you are taught in world-class training facilities such as the Gymnastics Centre and High Performance Athletics Centre. It isn't unusual to see some GB athletes training while you are being taught!”

Nick Bolger

“The support here is great. It’s really good knowing that there is always someone you can speak to who will try to help you to the best of their ability in dealing with any issue you may have.”

Kathryn Dickinson

“I love the close knit community feel that there is on campus and in town. Staff and students are really friendly and this is the perfect environment for starting university.”

Laura Bramhill

“Loughborough is the best university in the country for Sport Science and that is something that comes through in the teaching, the modules and the experience you gain from it.”

Alexandra Beviss

“The practical laboratory sessions enable hands on experience while also preparing us for a potential future career in the field.”

Charlie Myford

“We have access to world class facilities and opportunities to meet a variety a people within the Sport and Exercise field which will help us with our future career choices.”

Elie Jr Akobeto

“The teaching quality here is of a high standard. They aim to challenge you and provide you the opportunity to ask questions and learn in an engaging environment.”

Joe Banks

“My course has high quality of teaching in an environment that encourages engagement. We also have many lab sessions which complement the module content and lecture very well.”

Emily Glass

“Across all three years of the course, students have plenty of choice and freedom in terms of which modules they choose, therefore allowing you to really tailor your course to your preference.”

Hayley Johnson

“In some modules you are taught in world-class training facilities such as the Gymnastics Centre and High Performance Athletics Centre. It isn't unusual to see some GB athletes training while you are being taught!”

Nick Bolger

“The support here is great. It’s really good knowing that there is always someone you can speak to who will try to help you to the best of their ability in dealing with any issue you may have.”

Kathryn Dickinson

“I love the close knit community feel that there is on campus and in town. Staff and students are really friendly and this is the perfect environment for starting university.”

Laura Bramhill

“Loughborough is the best university in the country for Sport Science and that is something that comes through in the teaching, the modules and the experience you gain from it.”