Human Biology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 4.16 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.4 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
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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.

  • Lectures are given in large groups and introduce students to new topics to provide direction and inspiration for private study.
  • Practicals: are generally given to smaller group sizes and are designed to allow students to see how some of the principles introduced in lectures can be observed in living organisms. This type of class also provides the opportunity to develop technical skills and since they are assessed, receive formative feedback on academic progress.
  • Tutorials: help to engage students with the learning process, since they involve the formation of small groups to problem solve and disseminate information to the rest of the class.
  • E.Learning:much of the resources to support lectures and tutorials are provided through a Virtual Learning Environment called Queens Online, which uses a range of e-learning experiences including interactive group workshops and podcasts.
  • Work-related learning: Between second and final year students are given the opportunity to take a year out to work in a research laboratory in the USA, a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity.
  • Supervised Projects: In final year, a supervised research project on a topic of your choice, makes a significant contribution to the final degree classification and provides valuable skills and insight into the world of academic research.
  • Tutors: Students are assigned an Advisor of Studies who can offer advice on both personal and academic matters. Students will also be assigned to a tutor in one of the School’s Research Centres to gain experience working with research teams in a laboratory setting


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.

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • EUR 4160 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 13380 Year (Non-EEA)

England, Scotland and Wales £9,000; EU £3,575; International: £11,500

Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Level 1

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
  • Micro-organisms

Levels 2 and 3

At Levels 2 and 3, students have a wide range of module options in, for example:

  • Haematology
  • Human Evolutionary Biology
  • Immunobiology
  • Microscopy
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Science Teaching
  • 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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5

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  • A-level AB (in any order in Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry) B + GCSE Mathematics
    A (Biology or Chemistry) AB including a second science subject + GCSE Biology and Chemistry or Double Award Science + GCSE Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AB2 (in any order in Biology and Chemistry) B2B2B2 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade C in Mathematics

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Queen's University Belfast.

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