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UCAS Code: C101|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
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Human Biology is a fast-moving branch of science that includes the study of the human body and the changes that occur in disease. The Human Biology degree at Liverpool Hope is an intellectually challenging academic experience based upon current research in specialist areas. The curriculum includes the foundation disciplines of anatomy, cellular biology, physiology and metabolism embedded within the study of health and disease states. You will consider not only how the human body works, but also how humans interact with the world around them and how this in turn influences our health, behaviour and development.

The degree is delivered by a highly committed team of research-active academic staff who are enthusiastic about both the subject and the quality of your student experience. Practical work is core to the degree, and in each year of study, you will find yourself working alongside other students to collect and make judgements about a complex set of biological data. Throughout your degree, you work in a traditional science laboratories, and you also benefit from our exercise physiology laboratories.

Human Biology provides students with the opportunity to develop as scientists who value their role within the academic community at Hope and who, as graduates, are prepared to use their skills and knowledge in order to be of benefit to society. As a Liverpool Hope Human Biology graduate, you will have a well-developed sense of ethical judgement to complement your scientific skills and knowledge, so that you play an active and positive role in society.


Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will have regular sessions in laboratories, as well as have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

If you are studying Human Biology as a Single Honours degree, in your first year there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. If you are studying Human Biology as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.

On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend around 18 hours studying independently each week to make sure you achieve your full potential, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.


You are assessed a number of ways throughout your degree, including written exams, portfolios, case studies, laboratory logs, and diaries. In your final year, you complete a research project/dissertation. You will be given either written or oral feedback on every piece of work submitted.


In your first year, you are introduced to the foundations of modern biology and the human body anatomy and physiology. Starting with the fundamentals of biochemical processes, you will continue to develop a strong knowledge base on cell biology and functional anatomy. Topics studied include:

  • The Chemical and Cellular Basis of Life 
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Chemical Basis of Life: Biochemistry 
  • Immunological and Homeostatic Responses 
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology 
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Infectious Disease Biology 
  • Human-Environment Interaction, including UK-based Field Trip 
  • Core Skills in Laboratory and Field Research


In your second year, you will develop the capacity to correlate physiology and pathology principles of major current human diseases such as age-related pathology, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Topics studied include:

  • Biodiversity 
  • Human Metabolism 
  • Determinants of Health and Disease 
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics 
  • Advanced Practical Techniques for Laboratory and Field 
  • Cancer Biology 
  • Biostatistics 
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Research Methods


In your final year, you will have intensified your research-driven learning which has been encouraged since first year. For instance, you will have the opportunity of applying the topics learned in bioinformatics and statistical analysis of data for the completion of your dissertation. Topics studies include:

  • Ecotoxicology 
  • Phylogenetics 
  • Bioinformatics 
  • Medical Genetics 
  • Medical Cell Biology 
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Biology 
  • Controversies in Human Evolution 
  • Independent Research Project


UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


Recent Human Biology graduates have entered careers in biotechnology, medical writing, laboratory research, environmental consultancy and similar scientific and technical jobs. Others have pursued postgraduate study in teaching, environmental management and consultancy.

From your first year of study, you are encouraged to develop a career plan. You will be advised on successful strategies for job seeking and career development and throughout your studies you will gain a number of skills in specialised laboratory research, scientific report writing, data analysis and other types of written and oral communications, skills that are highly valued by employers.

Biologists can also pursue general graduate vacancies and training programmes in business, management, accountancy, education, the Civil Service and other professional employment.


Work Placement Opportunities

During your studies, you will be given opportunities to get involved in research projects, particularly during summer. Staff will advise you on any relevant professional placement opportunities that are available in either the public or private sector. These work placements are voluntary and will usually need to be organised by you. 


The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


As well as your tuition fees, you need approximately £300 each year for fieldtrips, textbooks and essential laboratory safety equipment such as a lab coat.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.


This course is also available as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects:

Degree TitleUCAS Code
Human Biology and Dance2A12
Human Biology and Geography2W11
Human Biology and Health & Wellbeing8M76
Human Biology and Information TechnologyBG15
Human Biology and Law8L66
Human Biology and MathematicsGC11
Human Biology and SociologyLC12
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