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Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences)
On our Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences) degree you will study the biology of humans at a systematic and whole human organism level. Topics include:
- cell biology
You will also:
- work with data from molecular lab techniques
- handle and analyse genomes
- use the latest microscopy techniques to explore living cells in our Bioimaging labs
- develop the skills bioscientists need for this new era of genomics and big data.
We have a reputation for outstanding research work. And the Oxford area is an important centre for the bioscience industry. We have world class research centres like the Nuffield and Churchill hospitals on our doorstep. So you can improve your employability with active engagement in the local bioscience sector.
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Questions about fees?
Questions about fees?
Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
You will benefit from our department’s research expertise in areas such as:
- reproductive physiologies
Studies in Year 1 aim to develop a firm understanding of core topics:
- cell biology
- human physiology
- basic science skills
Year 2 and your final year allow you to expand your studies.
You can choose modules covering subjects that include:
- integrated physiology
- molecular biology of cancer
You will spend your time in practicals. You may wish to develop your scientific skills further by carrying out a research project with one of our staff members.
As well as developing your skills as a biologist, you will have the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience. This will enhance your career prospects.
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.
After you graduate
With a firm grounding in physiology, supported by knowledge and skills in areas such as biochemistry, cell biology and molecular genetics, Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences) graduates are well prepared for careers in industry, biological organisations, college and university research and teaching, as well as medical and health-allied fields.
Employment prospects are varied. About half of our graduates are appointed in the science sectors, and recent graduates have gone on to medical school, become forensic scientists or taken research posts in companies or academia. The Human Biosciences graduate is also eminently well-qualified for a career in medical writing, as an exercise physiologist or as an immunology research scientist.
Due to the broad nature of our Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences) degree, more than 20% of graduates go on to further study including second degrees, PGCEs, MScs and PhDs. Graduates have specialised in a wide range of subjects such as physiotherapy, medicine, nursing, biotechnology, psychology and plant cell biology.
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.
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