Human Biology (BSc Hons) B100

BSc Honours

Human Biology


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Key Course Information

Entry Year


Course length

3 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *



Medicine, Health and Life Sciences



Professional Year Out





Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.


Human Biology is the integrated study of human anatomy and physiology, including the study of the body in health and disease. It covers a wide range of topics, ranging from investigating microorganisms and the role they play in disease, to immunology and the role the human immune system plays in protecting us from these microorganisms. Students also learn about ever-changing subjects such as genetics, evolutionary biology and pharmacology.

The Human Biology degree at Queen's 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 degree 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.

Why Queen's?

Facilities: the School has excellent research facilities as well as strong links with clinical departments.

Placement: the School has established links with two universities in the USA - the University of Nevada in Reno and the University of Vermont, where several students are given the opportunity to work in their research laboratories for a year between second and final year and some students have been offered a PhD place in the USA on completion of their degree.

Research-led Teaching: our academic staff combine enthusiastic teaching with world-class research in the Biomedical Sciences.


Did you know?

The School has links with two universities in the USA - the University of Nevada in Reno and the University of Vermont, where several students have the opportunity to spend time

Course Content (including module information)

Level 1

At Level 1 our students receive a solid foundation in the core subjects of:

  • Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Human Structure and Function (Anatomy, Micro-anatomy and Physiology)
  • Mammalian Biochemistry
  • Microorganisms

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 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.

Assessment & Feedback

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: 

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted. 
  • Face to face comment.  This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid.  In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time. 
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service. 

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work. 

Learning and Teaching

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

Entry Requirements

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.




  • AB (in any order in Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry) B + GCSE Mathematics grade C 


  • A (Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry) AB including a second science subject + GCSE Biology and Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 and H3 in any order in Biology and Chemistry + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.



For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

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 at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Engineering and Science.

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 acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree

    programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English 

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. A Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

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.

Placement Links:

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 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. 

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

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

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