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 genetics, microbiology and immunology to the core disciplines of anatomy, microanatomy and physiology.
The degree is designed to allow a greater degree of flexibility in the choice of modules, in comparison to the closely related degree in Biomedical Sciences.
Specialist subject areas which can be studied in detail include Pharmacology, Topographical Anatomy, Exercise and Applied Physiology, Developmental Studies, Embryology, Neuroscience and Science Communication. Within these subject areas we provide a wide and innovative range of learning experiences, such as the use of ultrasound imaging in cardiovascular physiology and exposure to cadaveric dissection.
Human Biology Degree highlights
The School has invested in a new cadaver dissection lab which allows students the opportunity to gain valuable experience and understanding of human anatomy.
- 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 complete a one-year work placement programme.
World Class Facilities
- The School has excellent research facilities as well as strong links with clinical departments. The university has recently invested over £1.5 million to modernise the Anatomy facilities within which is a School of Anatomy licenced by the Human Tissue Authority. This is a fully equipped modern scientific teaching unit with flexible learning spaces for practical cadaveric dissection.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Our academic staff combine enthusiastic teaching with world-class research in the Biomedical Sciences. With over 60 principal investigators and their teams specialising in Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Population Sciences research and translational technologies.
- The School continues to score high in the National Student Survey, with student scoring the School highly for student experience.
- Up to 12 prizes are available as an added incentive to our students from 1st to 3rd year, awarded for top performances in individual modules the overall degree performances. This includes prizes awarded from the professional bodies (Physiological Society, Pharmacological Society).
3rd Year, BSc Human Biology Student
This 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 Master's and PhDs and a significant proportion of graduates gain entry to a Medical degree both here and abroad.
Employment after the Course
Recent and frequent employment opportunities have been taken by our graduates in Life Science/Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology industries in a wide range of roles, including Laboratory Technician, Scientific Officer, Sales and Marketing, and Clinical Trials Supervision, in leading local, national and international industries, including Norbrook, Almac and Galen.
A limited number of summer internships are currently available with Randox Laboratories, appointed via competitive application. Further Study Many of our students go on to further study, predominantly within Queen's or in other universities in the UK or abroad.
Graduates have gone into areas such as Medicine, Dentistry, Computational Biology, Teaching, and PhDs in various research areas.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.