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Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: part-time study is possible


Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

UCAS Tariff Points



On our Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences) degree you will study the biology of humans at a systematic and whole human organism level. Topics include: 

  • physiology
  • anatomy
  • biochemistry
  • cell biology
  • neuroscience
  • nutrition
  • genomics.

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.

Students working in the lab

How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Preferred subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Human Biology and Physics.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: You must have studied science post-16, either at A-level or equivalent level (see our typical offers).

GCSE: 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C), or above, including Mathematics, English Language and 2 Sciences.

If you do not have a background in science, we encourage you to consider our Life Sciences foundation year taught at Abingdon and Witney College.


Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

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.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

There are some additional costs for the course including the purchase of a lab coat, safety goggles, stationery such as a lab notebook, printing and text books (though the library will have some copies). If the student opts for the placement year then there will be living costs associated with this year but we encourage students to seek a placement with a bursary or a paid placement to mitigate this. Work experience also may also incur travel costs.

Learning and assessment

You will benefit from our department’s research expertise in areas such as: 

  • cardiopulmonary 
  • renal
  • reproductive physiologies 

Studies in Year 1 aim to develop a firm understanding of core topics:  

  • cell biology
  • human physiology 
  • anatomy
  • basic science skills

Year 2 and your final year allow you to expand your studies. 

You can choose modules covering subjects that include: 

  • genetics
  • integrated physiology
  • biochemistry
  • molecular biology of cancer 
  • neuroscience

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.

Students working at a table

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Biology of Cells

Human Structure & Function

The Practising Scientist

Optional modules

Introduction to Biochemistry A

Introduction to Biochemistry B

Introduction to Nutrition

Death, Disease and Doctors: Medicine and Society

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Career Development

Molecular Biology

Integrated Physiology

Industrial Experience


Professional Skills & Techniques

Optional modules

Biochemistry of Cell Function

Interrogating Genomes

Data Carpentry


Cell Biology

Human Nutrition and Metabolism

Applied Human Nutrition

Molecular Biology of Cancer

Advanced Genetics and Genomics

Genomic Medicine



Clinical Nutrition

Advanced Topics in Cell Biology and Bio-imaging

Work Experience

Independent Study in Life Sciences

Year 3

Optional modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Work placement

The Industrial Placement module lets you gain first-hand experience of applying theoretical and practical science within a professional environment, for example within an industrial biotechnology company or a laboratory. You will gain insight into the work of a professional scientific employer and develop both practical laboratory skills and the ability to self-assess. We will suggest employers but experience tells us that successful students are usually those who are pro-active in searching out their own placements. Many placements do come with a salary, but sadly some employers do not feel they are obliged to offer a salary, and that the expenses they incur by hosting and training you are sufficient outlay for them. This issue of salary will have implications for you and for your funding status. We will give you advice on this during the application process, but you should make sure you understand your situation fully by talking with the Student Finance department.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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
  • bioinformatics
  • 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: 

  • lectures
  • practicals
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • surgeries


Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment is designed to shape and develop learning, not simply measure it. 

Our assessment methods include:

  • essays
  • reviews
  • examinations
  • laboratory or field notebooks
  • scientific reports
  • posters
  • oral presentations

You’ll reflect on your progress with assignment feedback together with your diaries.

Study Abroad

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

Career prospects

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.

Further study

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.

Information from Discover Uni

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.