Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences)
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Are you ready to learn how our bodies work? Do you want to make a difference to human health through innovative research and practice?
Our BSc Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences) degree will help you develop the skills you need in this new era of genomics. It’ll provide you with a solid foundation in key topics such as physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, neuroscience, nutrition, and genomics.
Through a mix of academic and lab training, you’ll sharpen vital skills. Our labs are equipped with industry standard modern technology. And our reputation for outstanding research work stands us in good stead with the local Oxford biosciences industry and hospitals, especially when students come to apply for work placements and graduate jobs.
Our team of dedicated, research-active academics are committed to your success. As a graduate of our degree, you’ll possess an attractive set of skills for a career in the medical and health-allied industry, biological organisations, or university research and teaching.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
A range of teaching labs with industry-standard equipment, as well as research labs for projects.
We pride ourselves on the connection our staff have with our students. This will support your academic and personal development.
We offer modules to help you identify interesting career paths and to develop your professional skills. These are supported with the opportunity to gain work experience through a placement year, a work experience module and a research project.
Strong industry links
We're able to offer great guest speakers and work experience opportunities due to our excellent industry links. These include biotechnology, conservation, NHS Trusts, start-ups as well as local bioscience companies and top research centres.
Explore a different country and culture. Step out of your comfort zone. The option to study abroad is available for this course.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
On our BSc Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences) degree, you’ll examine the biology of humans at a systematic and whole-human organism level. Your first year will ground you in core topics such as cell biology, human physiology, anatomy, and basic science skills.
In your second year, you’ll study molecular biology. Specifically, the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes. You’ll also examine integrated physiology. Your options include the biochemistry of cell function, genetics, and applied human nutrition.
We’ll encourage you to consider taking an industrial placement or doing a work experience module. Alternatively, you’ll be able to gain first-hand experience within a professional environment in your final year.
As part of your final year, you can showcase your knowledge and expertise in an area that interests you through a project. Your project will be conducted in a research setting or industrial laboratory.
Learning and teaching
Throughout the course we focus on applying fundamental biology to real life issues. You will focus on applying your knowledge in practical settings, either in the lab or out in the field.
You have the opportunity to gain a wide range of skills. These include:
- molecular techniques
- advanced light and electron microscopy
- field-based methods for species and landscape assessment
- cutting edge methodologies for the study of evolution and developmental biology.
Our teaching methods include:
Assessment is designed to shape and develop learning, not simply measure it.
Our assessment methods include:
- laboratory or field notebooks
- scientific reports
- oral presentations.
You’ll reflect on your progress with assignment feedback together with your diaries.
This degree equips you with the skills you need to make a difference as a professional scientist and practitioner. Previous graduates have gone on to work in a variety of fields: teaching and research, biotechnology, drug development, medicine and health care professions (e.g. physician associate and midwifery).
Popular job roles include:
- clinical trials coordinator
- food technologist
- lab technician
- biomedical scientist.
Oxford provides many opportunities for our graduates. The city is surrounded by innovative bioscience companies and renowned research centres such as the Nuffield and Churchill hospitals.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.