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Coventry University

Human Biosciences

UCAS Code: C110

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,C,C

to include Biology. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology units. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English, Mathematics and two Sciences.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

to include 5 points in Biology at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in a Biological Science subject.

UCAS Tariff

104-112

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

88%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Biomolecular science

Biology doesnt get closer to home than when you study a human biology degree. This progressive field is always evolving and changing.Human Biosciences embraces some of the most rapidly changing and dynamic areas of modern science, in recent years responsible for an array of ground-breaking scientific discoveries in human health and disease.This exciting degree can potentially lead to a range of research and health related careers in biomedicine and health. The broad range of subjects covered, such as microbiology, molecular biology and medical genetics, together with immunology, physiology and psychology, cell biology and neuroscience, are of increasing importance in medical research and underpin the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), enabling you to join as an associate member (AMSB) during your studies, our degree 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. In later years, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of specialist modules, such as medical microbiology, clinical physiology, cancer biology, applied human genetics and clinical biochemistry, providing the opportunity to specialise your degree programme.**Year 1**The first year of the programme lays the foundation for the study of human biosciences. You will cover key areas and acquire laboratory skills in physiology in health and disease, human development, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology.**Year 2**In the second year, you will further develop your knowledge and laboratory skills in cell biology, molecular genetics and immunology, with a choice of either systemic physiology or biomedical biochemistry. Simultaneous progression through the Professional Skills modules will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in areas like scientific communication, self-directed study, research methods, information retrieval, IT, data processing and presentation and career development.**Placement Year**After your second year, you have the option of taking a sandwich year either studying abroad or on a professional placement.We will provide support in finding a suitable placement and, in the past, students have worked as a Protein Detection Scientist at Glaxo Smith Kline, 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.**Final Year**The final year of your course gives you the opportunity to carry out an independent research project linked to one of the areas of your interest. You will also study human biosciences throughout the lifespan, which focuses on the biology of aging. You will then have a choice of three subjects from human genetics, cancer biology, clinical biochemistry, clinical physiology or medical microbiology.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Life Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
low
Biomolecular science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Natural and social science professionals
13%
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biomolecular science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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