Human Biology and Health

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 104

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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Our Human Biology and Health scheme has been developed to reflect the diverse expertise and research activity of staff within the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. The scheme provides you with the opportunity to study a range of biological disciplines including physiology, microbiology, immunology and genetics, coupling these disciplines with the study of human biomechanics and psychology. The curriculum allows you to develop a sound understanding of the main conditions that influence human health in the 21st century.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Agriculture (NSS 2021)

3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Microbiology and Cell Science (NSS 2021)

Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Animal Science (NSS 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Ecology and Environmental Biology (NSS 2021)


Why study Human and Health Biology at Aberystwyth University?

Students on this course will be able to explore the specialist areas of Human and Health Biology which include:

  • Facilities for high-throughput DNA sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics and spectroscopic platforms;
  • Application of psychology to understand the process of behaviour change and its relevance to delay the development of chronic conditions including heart disease, diabetes and cancer;
  • Our modern physiological, biomechanical and psychological equipment including body scanning for bone health and body composition determination, cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic analysers, high-performance treadmills, cycles and rowers, along with computer-based digital video and a force plate to allow sophisticated analysis of movement;
  • You will be taught by passionate, engaged, friendly and staff with expertise across the full range of Biological topics;
  • Your academic studies will be bolstered by a wealth of laboratory and field classes which build real scientific skills essential for your future;
  • Our teaching and E-learning facilities provide you with an outstanding learning experience integrating the classroom sessions and a vast repository of study resources;
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor who can guide you through your time at Aberystwyth and help you to settle in when you first arrive;
  • We have invested heavily and over a number of years in our research facilities, and project students may get the opportunity to work in the research units on Penglais, or in our dedicated research facility at Gogerddan just outside Aberystwyth.
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Research Methods * BR25620 20
Immunology BR22220 20
Sport & Exercise Physiology BR27420 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics BR20620 20
Cell and Cancer Biology BR25920 20
Improving Physical Activity and Sport Performance BR26320 20
One Health Microbiology BR26520 20
Practical and Professional Skills in Microbiology BR24720 20
Proteins and Enzymes BR26620 20
Sports Injury BR26720 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Research Project * BR36440 40
Exercise Management in Health and Chronic Disease BR36920 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology BR37020 20
Microbial Pathogenesis BR33720 20
Molecular Biology of Development BR36020 20
Molecular Pharmacology BR36120 20
Parasitology BR33820 20
Sport & Exercise Nutrition SS32620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Career prospects

Human Biology and Health graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to enter a wide range of careers which include: 

  • Bio-medicine
  • Health and allied professions

This scheme is also a solid foundation for postgraduate research at Masters and PhD level.

The University has an excellent Careers Advisory Service and we have our own dedicated, professional Careers Advisor. We also have a member of staff who is Director of Employability for IBERS and we are constantly striving to embed and enhance the delivery of real-world skills into every module we offer.

What skill will I develop from studying Human and Health Biology?

Employability is embedded in our teaching. Our students leave Aberystwyth University with the skills including; 

  • research and data analysis skills
  • enhanced mathematical and computational skills
  • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • a thorough grounding in information technology skills
  • the ability to work independently
  • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • self-motivation and self-reliance
  • team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.

If you are interested in undertaking work experience, then our sister course BSc Human and Health Biology C195 will allow you to undertake work experience for one year in an industry relative to this degree.

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn? 

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year: 

Students are taught the important content which underpin human biology and health, which will provide a sound foundation on which year 2 and 3 can be built upon. Topics may include: 

  • Exercise psychology
  • Genetics
  • Metabolism
  • Exercise physiology
  • Human anatomy
  • Nutrition
  • Microbial diversity

In your second year:

  • Students study research methods
  • Exercise physiology
  • Immunology 
  • Students can look at health from the perspective of improving health and performance
  • Sport injury
  • Microbiology
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • You may also learn the practical methods for exploring these topics independently.

In your third year:

You will undertake an independent project as well as being taught:

  • Molecular pharmacology 
  • Managing chronic diseases such as diabetes or obesity 

Various optional modules are also available to suit the interests of the student.

How will I be taught?

We teach our students in through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries.

We assess our students through:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Practical exercises
  • Oral presentations
  • Reports
  • Statistical exercises
  • Dossiers
  • Portfolios
  • Wikis
  • Reflective diaries
  • Literature reviews
  • Magazine articles

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
D*D*D* with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact

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