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University of Salford

Human Biology and Infectious Diseases

UCAS Code: BC15

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

Entry requirements


96-112 UCAS points. At least two full A levels required, including grade C in A level Biology. A Pass in the practical element of Science A levels is required.

Only accepted alongside at least two full A levels.

96-112 UCAS points from a QAA Approved Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in a suitable Science subject.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or 4 (or above) in GCSE Maths and English is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

Including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology

96-112 UCAS points from Higher Level, including an appropriate Science Subject.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

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

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Suitable Science subject, including Biology.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

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

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Suitable Science subject, including Biology.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

96-112 UCAS points from Higher Level, including an appropriate Science Subject.

UCAS Tariff

96-112
94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Human biology

Microbiology

**This is one of the few courses available outside of medicine that combines aspects of human physiology, immunology and infectious diseases. BSc (Hons) Human Biology and Infectious Diseases focuses on human biology and the pathology, transmission and epidemiology of infectious diseases.**

Over the three years of study – four, if you opt for a placement year – you will gain a systematic understanding of the key aspects of human biology and infectious diseases whilst developing practical laboratory skills within a supportive environment with excellent facilities. In addition, you will study specialist modules in areas such as Pathophysiology and Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

This degree is ideal for careers in biomedicine, sports science, health care, health promotion, pharmaceutical and food industries and forensic science, both in the UK and internationally. Many of our graduates have been employed by large organisations such as AstraZeneca and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute. Others have continued on to postgraduate study, either taught science Masters courses, research degrees or teaching qualifications.

Features
• Brings together human aspects of bioscience with applied aspects of health sciences and knowledge of infectious diseases
• You will have the opportunity to apply for an industry placement after your second year, allowing you to apply your learning in local hospitals or research labs
• A broad course content, meaning that graduates have several potential career opportunities open to them

Modules

Year one modules may include: Molecules to Microbes, Genetics, Cell Biology, Human Anatomy, Biological Skills, Study Skills. Year two modules may include: Molecular Biology and Genetics, Human Physiology, Introduction to Parasitology and Infectious Diseases, Biological Research Skills, Microbial Communities and Interactions, Pathophysiology. Year three- you can undertake a lab-based research project for 40 credits, a core module, and three modules from the following list, or take a literature/data analysis project worth 20 credits, your core module plus four from the following: Human Genetics [CORE MODULE], Human Microbiology and Infection Control, Advanced Pathophysiology, Clinical Immunology, Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Biology of Parasites.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


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Biosciences

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.

£16,640
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Animal care and control services
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Microbiology and cell science

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.

£16,640
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Animal care and control services
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

If you want a career in microbiology, then this is the degree to take. The recession hit the job market for microbiologists particularly badly, but things have improved very significantly since then, and microbiologists are now amongst the most employable biological sciences graduates. We don't produce many graduates in the subject every year and a lot take further qualifications on graduating. Microbiology graduates who want to leave the lab can find jobs in most industries - not just in health and hospitals, but in the food and drink, water and ecology sectors, too.

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