The course

UCAS code
CB99
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

This programme comprises a core of biology with an additional emphasis on the study of topics central to human health and wellbeing, such as nutrition, exercise science and physiology, and psychology. These themes are developed together throughout the programme, with some flexibility in programme structure and design, according to your interests or career aspirations.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Introduces Biology largely as Human Biology with accompanying courses in Applied and Environmental Biology. Additional subjects include Mathematics for Scientists and Chemistry, as required for an understanding of future courses in Biochemistry and Physiology.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 53%
  • Practical: 23%
  • Coursework: 24%
Year 2

Considers broad topics in Biology, including: Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Human Anatomy and Physiology; and Nutrition and Health.

Learning and teaching

Scheduled learning: 28%
Independent study: 72%

Assessment

Written: 52%
Practical: 18%
Coursework: 30%

Year 3

Provides increased specialisation in aspects of: Cell and Molecular Biology; Nutrition and Human Health; and Cardiovascular and Exercise Biology. There is also the possibility to study Medical Microbiology or aspects of Biotechnology or Business.

Learning and teaching

Scheduled learning: 25%
Independent study: 75%

Assessment

Written: 57%
Practical: 8%
Coursework: 35%

Year 4

Students will study advanced-level courses in the areas of Biology and Exercise Science, covering topics such as: Molecular Toxicology; Molecular Nutrition; Immunology; Microbial Pathology; and Health, Lifestyle and Disease. A research project provides the practical component of the final year of study.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 13%
  • Independent study: 87%

Assessment

  • Written: 47%
  • Practical: 14%
  • Coursework: 39%

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Human Health) students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 47% are working
  • 47% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 80% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £19000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £18000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Sales occupations
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Conservation and environment professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Quality and regulatory professionals
  • Teaching and educational professionals
  • Skilled trades occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABBB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • HNC C in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 27 points to include 5 in Higher Level Biology
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass including a science subject
  • Additional information One science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB
  • Advanced Highers BB and AABBB at Higher.
  • HNC B in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • HND BB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 32 points to include 6 in Higher Level Biology
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with Advanced Higher Biology B
  • Additional information To include Biology or Human Biology at Advanced Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 3

  • HND AB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,440

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

You might be interested in…