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BSc (Honours) Health Sciences: Standard pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin your studies with the compulsory 30-credit module Introducing health sciences: a case study approach (SDK125)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,SDK125,,1. This key introductory module explores the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability in a global context, through seven case studies: water and health in an overcrowded world; pain; alcohol; screening for breast cancer; chronic lung disease; trauma and accidents; and visual impairment.

Next, we strongly recommend the two 30-credit modules: Topics in health sciences (SK143)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,SK143,,1 or Topics in science (S142)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,S142,,1. These topic-based modules include:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • cancers
  • human genetics
  • microbes
  • the development of drugs. 

Alternatively you can just study one of these modules and choose 30 credits of free choice from any of our key introductory Level 1 modules.

Finally, in Discovering psychology (DSE141)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,DSE141,,1 (30 credits), you’ll explore the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and consider how psychological research addresses real-life issues.

Stage 2

You’ll begin Stage 2 with the 30-credit module Human biology (SK277)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,SK277,,1, examining the physiology of different body systems and the coordination between them; how systems can fail; and which medical interventions can be successful. You’ll also choose two 30-credit modules from The science of the mind: investigating mental health (SDK228)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,SDK228,,1, Cell biology (S294)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,S294,,1 and Analytical science: health, heritage and environments (S240)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,S240,,1.

Next, you will complete Practical science: biology and health (SXHL288)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,SXHL288,,1 online from home, focusing on the practical skills you need to complement your theoretical study, including:

  • planning and conducting observations and experiments
  • data handling
  • data presentation
  • report writing
  • safe working
  • professional team-working.

Investigative themes include fundamental human and animal behaviour, physiology and adaptation, genetic variation and drug metabolism, and water quality. You’ll complete the module with an exciting multidisciplinary team project. 

Stage 3

Stage 3 begins with selected modules from: Infectious disease and public health (SK320)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,SK320,,1, Molecular and cell biology (S377)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,S377,,1, and Signals and perception: the science of the senses (SD329)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,SD329,,1 (covering hearing, sight, smell, taste and the somatic sensory system – which includes touch and pain). 

Your final study will be a project module, Researching biology and health science (SXL390)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q71-1,module,SXL390,,1, where you’ll undertake individual investigations within a range of defined topics including:

  • stem cells
  • emerging infectious disease
  • the human senses.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three (full-time study equivalent) to 16 years.


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