BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences

Will gene therapy become an established treatment for cancer? What are the potential benefits of stem cell research? How has the revolution in genome sequencing provided insights into human biology?

Course details

On this flexible course, you’ll develop skills and knowledge across the spectrum of subject disciplines – enabling an understanding of these and other key questions relating to human biology, health and disease.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Plymouth campus

Plymouth University

Course overview

This course is delivered by the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Health and enhanced by links with healthcare professionals. You’ll benefit from a rich and varied learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your employability with an optional placement year. We’re very proud of our National Student Survey (NSS) 2020 return showing that 100% of students believe the course is intellectually stimulating


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff 104 – 120 

GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in Mathematics and English. Consideration may be given to equivalent qualifications such as Functional Skills.

Plus one of the following:

A levels: 104–120 Tariff points to include a minimum of three A levels, including Grade B in Biology/Human Biology, and Grade C in a relevant second science. General Studies excluded.
Relevant second sciences: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, and Psychology.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass an Access to HE Diploma with 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction, including 15 Level 3 credits in Biology and 18 Level 3 credits in Chemistry, Maths, or Physics.

BTEC RQF National Extended Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM – depending on the BTEC and units studied. If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application or contact Admissions for further advice.

T level: Accepted – preference pathways would be Health or Science. Typical offer will be confirmed once an application is received.
International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall to include Grade 5 in Higher Level Biology and Grade 5 in a second relevant science. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent at higher level = 4, standard level = 5


Careers options include: biomedical research, biomedical NHS and public health laboratory assistants, medical laboratory technology, health counselling, pharmaceutical sales and marketing, health product research and development, environmental agencies, food quality control, cosmetics industry, scientific writing and publishing, teaching profession and further postgraduate study (MSc, MRes, PhD).

With regards to career options, in addition to the five ring-fenced places for transfer to medicine and dentistry after year 1 for BMS or HB, we also have the additional route for graduates of all our undergraduate programmes.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Biomedical Investigation and Experimentation (BHCS1001)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells to Systems (BHCS1002)
  • Human Metabolism (BHCS1003)
  • Human Disease (BHCS1005)
  • Infection and Immunity (BHCS1006)
  • Study skills and personal development (BHCS1011)
  • Psychobiological and Cognitive Aspects of Health Behaviour (PSYC108PP)
  • Genetic Continuity and Diversity (BHCS2003)
  • Cell Biology in Health and Disease (BHCS2004)
  • Infection, Immunity and Disease (BHCS2006)
  • Systems Physiology: Function and Dysfunction (BHCS2018)
  • Methods in Human Biosciences (BHCS2019)
  • Placements and Employability (BHCS2027)
  • Personal Research Project (BHCS3001)
  • Personal Development and Employability (BHCS3031)

Optional modules

  • Clinical Microbiology (BHCS3003)
  • Cellular Basis of Immunity (BHCS3006).
  • Current Issues in Neurobiology (BHCS3007)
  • Medical Genetics (BHCS3009)
  • Reproductive Science (BHCS3014)
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Health (BHCS3022)
  • Diet, Exercise and Chronic Disease (BHCS3024)
  • Applications of Psychological Theory (PSYC606)