BSc Honours Human Biology (UCAS Code: B100)
For entrance requirements
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For course information
Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
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For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including:
International Foundation in Engineering and Science
Human Biology is the integrated study of human anatomy and physiology, including the study of the body in health and disease.Back to top
At Level 1 our students will receive a solid foundation in the core subjects of:
• Genetics and Molecular Biology
• Human Structure and Function (Anatomy, Micro-anatomy and Physiology)
• Mammalian Biochemistry
Levels 2 and 3
At Levels 2 and 3, students have a wide range of module options in, for example:
Human Evolutionary Biology
Scientific Methods and Statistics
In their final year, each student will complete their own two-module laboratory research project as part of a team within the School. In addition to the specific degree programme content, there is an emphasis in our study modules on teamwork and communication skills, as well as problem-solving and IT skills, which should assist graduates in careers beyond those immediately related to medicine.Back to top
The Human Biology degree is underpinned by the core disciplines of Anatomy, Microanatomy and Physiology (the study of the function of the human body). In addition, it provides a solid foundation in Mammalian Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology. The course is designed to allow a greater degree of flexibility in the choice of modules, in comparison to the degree in Biomedical Sciences. Specialist subject areas which can be studied in detail include: pharmacology, topographical anatomy, exercise and applied physiology, developmental studies and science teaching. Within these subject areas we provide a range of learning experiences.
Assessment: The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback (general): As you progress through your course you will receive general and specific feedback about your work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers. As a university student, you will be expected to take a greater role in reflecting on this and taking the initiative in continuously improving the quality of your work. Feedback may be provided to you in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
This new and diverse degree programme is aimed at students seeking a broad-based knowledge of human biology with career opportunities in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, teaching, scientific publishing or the scientific civil service. Many students go into further study after their degree, completing masters and PhDs and a significant proportion of graduates gain entry to a Medical degree both here and abroad.
We have established links with two Universities in the US, The University of Nevada in Reno and the University of Vermont. Students are given the opportunity to work in Research Laboratories in these institutions for a year between second and final year, and some students have been offered a PhD place in the US on completion of their degree.
You should also take a look at www.prospects.ac.uk for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Human Biology Graduates.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. As a Queen’s student, you will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, you will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
Our full employability statement can be viewed at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/filestore/Filetoupload,284878,en.pdf
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, promoting employability enhancements and other interests is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe and learning development supports as well as involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers. Further information is available at www.qub.ac.uk/degreeplus
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Facilities: the School has excellent research facilities as well as strong links with clinical departments.
Research-led Teaching: our teaching staff combine enthusiastic teaching with world-class research in the Biomedical Sciences.Back to top