This course examines how the body functions in terms of its physiology, and looks in detail at cellular events, from the developing embryo to the adult. It also studies the impact of disease and genetics on the human in society. **What you study** The course emphasises the physiological aspects of human biology, and includes modules in neurobiology and human reproduction and development. It also covers the important subjects of cell biology and genetics. Topics covered will include • cell biology • human reproduction and embryology • physiology • biochemistry. You then build on this knowledge using case studies that examine topics in depth, such as how the body responds to physiological and environmental extremes. You then combine all the skills and knowledge that you have gained in the final year, completing a research project guided by one of our research academics. This is usually completed in our laboratories at the University. However it may be possible to do your project back at your placement organisation. Previous project titles include • the use of rubidium efflux assay to study hERG channels in heart muscle • characterisation of Inositol trisphosphate receptor in brain tissue. The optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at students who want to pursue a career in research and who achieve good results in years one and two. **Placements and work experience** In year three, you get the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in the real world with a work placement. This is an important chance to gain the experience and professional skills that can give you the all-important edge at the start of your career. Work experience of any sort helps to attract the attention of future employers. We offer you the opportunity to apply for placements in a wide range of institutions, including the NHS, schools and colleges, industry and medical research. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time on placement, such as during the summer. This shorter placement can also contribute to your degree. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme. **Facilities** You carry out practical work to support your academic studies using our industrial standard well-equipped laboratories. At the end of each year you carry out a mini-project that applies the skills developed through the year to a human biology case study. **Expertise** You benefit from the research expertise of the course lecturers who are active in our internationally recognised Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre (BMRC). Their research means we can constantly update the course and lab programme, so you stay up to date with the latest scientific developments. **Professional recognition** Graduates of BSc (Honours) Human Biology This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level.