Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Human Biology

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich B151 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time B150 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

Top 10

for Anatomy And Physiology

The Guardian University League Table 2017

1st

in the world for sport-related subjects

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

2nd

for Sport Science

98%

of graduates in work or further study

DLHE 2015

Human Biology course overview

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

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.

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.

Modules


Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (one and two)
  • Genetics and Cell Biology (two modules)
  • Basic Biochemistry (two modules)
  • Introduction to Human Evolution and Adaptation
  • Data Analysis in Human Biology
  • Human Biology and Society
  • Homeostasis

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

Year 2

 Compulsory modules

  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Ecology of Nutrition
  • Growth and Development
  • Physiology of Physical Activity (two modules)
  • Human Genomics (two modules)
  • Human Ageing
  • Experimental Design and Analysis (two modules)

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

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:

  • Human Evolution
  • Human Performance at Environmental Extremes (two modules)
  • Infectious Diseases in Humans
  • Body Composition
  • Lifestyle and Disease
  • Sugar, Salt, Fat or Human Evolution
  • Forensic DNA Analysis (two modules)

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

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


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.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

B151 Human Biology - BSc (Hons) DPS

A-Level
ABB including at least one science (Biology preferred)
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) with 5 in Biology and one other science (at least one of which should be at HL)
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: DDM with majority of units at Distinction
Relevant subjects include Applied Science or Forensic Science
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C/4 (Grade B/6 preferred)

B150 Human Biology - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including at least one science (Biology preferred)
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) with 5 in Biology and one other science (at least one of which should be at HL)
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: DDM with majority of units at Distinction
Relevant subjects include Applied Science or Forensic Science
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C/4 (Grade B/6 preferred)

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is not required.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international 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.

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.

Our students

Elie

Course

Human Biology

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Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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BSc (Hons)

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Human Biology

Department

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

1st

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