I honestly can’t think of a subject that would better increase your appreciation of being alive than Human Biology. I really recommend coming to study Human Biology at Christ Church.

Stuart, Human Biology student

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    Human Biology is at the core of a rapidly expanding sector, offering students the opportunity to participate in specialist training that can accommodate a range of career aspirations within healthcare or biomedical research.

    This course provides a unique blend of fundamental Biology integrated with aspects of Sport and Exercise Science. You will study normal human form and function as well as the processes that occur during the development of disease.

    Throughout your degree, you will study many different topics including genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology. Emphasis is placed on laboratory work as part of the course enabling you to develop strong practical skills. Further to this, you will have the opportunity to get involved with ongoing research relevant to the field of human biology.

    Why study Human Biology with Foundation Year?

    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    During the foundation year, you'll learn essential study skills that you'll need as you progress through your degree.

    If you're interested in studying the structure and function of the human body along with elements of sport and exercise physiology then this is the course for you.

    Our Human Biology course combines the life sciences that are underpinned by fundamental biology with aspects of sports science, making it a challenging and highly appropriate degree if you are planning a career in scientific research or healthcare.

      All about the course

      The course emphasises the development of practical and employment skills in our newly opened, state-of-the-art laboratories. You’ll learn how to apply a theoretical scientific knowledge base to real-world problems that are crucial to human health and our sustainable future.

      The variety of modules you take will help you to build a holistic view of the physiological processes that define human form and function, both at rest and in exercise, and explore the changes that occur during the development of disease.

      You will also learn how to evaluate your own scientific data and that of others, by critically discussing research findings using a variety of communication techniques. You will be able to integrate these skills and demonstrate them in both written reports and oral presentations.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      Applicants without formal level 3 qualifications will also be considered.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

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      How you’ll learn

      You will be studying modules titled as per the below. Module descriptors will be added in due course.

      Level 0:

      • Introduction to Biology
      • Introduction to Chemistry
      • Science Skills
      • Advancing Chemistry
      • Maths and Physics for the Life Sciences
      • Introduction to Human Biology

      Level 4:

      • Biochemistry 1
      • Statistics and Introduction to R Software
      • Cell Biology and Genetics
      • Microbiology and human Health
      • Human Anatomy and Introduction to Human Physiology
      • Biochemistry 2

      Level 5:

      • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
      • Neurobiology and Neuroscience
      • Human Genetics
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

      Optional modules at Level 5:

      • Human Disease
      • Work Placement
      • Sport and Exercise Training
      • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

      Level 6:

      • Honours Project in Human Biology (40 credits)
      • Immunology and Cancer Biology
      • Human Reproduction and Development

      Optional modules at Level 6:

      • Nutrition and Disease
      • Systems Project in Pathobiology
      • Sporting Extremes
      • Physical Activity and Health

      You will be taught through a combination of blended learning with workshops, laboratory practicals and seminars.

      Workshops will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your Personal Academic Tutor at least once each semester, but you are encouraged to arrange additional meetings as required.

      You will use industry-standard software, and you will have access to specialist facilities and equipment throughout your course.

      In your final year, you will conduct an independent research project that can cater to your particular interests and skills development. You will be supervised by a member of our academic team and guided in undertaking independent research, data analysis and presentation of your results. Depending on the topic of your project, you may also have the opportunity to collaborate with an industry partner on an industry-relevant research project.

      Your actual contact hours depend on the optional modules you select.

      When not attending workshops, practical sessions or other timetabled activities, you will continue learning through self-study that will be structured for you by the module leader for each module. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, engaging with online learning materials (videos, quizzes etc.), undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For the Honours Project module in final year, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of our academic team, with support of other members of the teaching team where necessary, and you will meet with your supervisor regularly.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics, that have a range of expertise and experience.

      All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications and they are research-active. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change. Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, however, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is also a formal or 'summative' assessment element for each module. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments, such as laboratory reports, literature reviews, skills assessments, presentations and your final year major project. Some modules also have a formally assessed exam. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

      Typically, there will be two coursework assessments weighted at 50% and 40% and a practical skills portfolio weighted at 10%. Some modules will have an exam that replaces the 50% piece of coursework.


      You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader or personal academic tutor.

      We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

      Your future career

      On completion of your degree, you could follow any one of a wide variety of future graduate-entry career paths. Employment areas for Human Biology graduates include those within the NHS or the wider healthcare sector, in sales and marketing of healthcare and diagnostic products, within diagnostic and clinical laboratories, and in research and development for the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical devices and laboratory instrumentation industries. Alternatively, you may wish to continue on to further study, such as postgraduate medicine.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - placement year £1,850 N/A
      Part-time £4,625 £7,250

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Specialist Facilities

      This course is associated with the university’s Industry Liaison Labs at Discovery Park, Sandwich. You will have the opportunity to undertake laboratory work at this site. The location of these specialist facilities within an industrial setting facilitates access to and collaboration with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

      Industry Links

      The University’s Industry Liaison Lab works with many companies in healthcare research and development, drug discovery and equipment design and manufacture.

      "Venomtech have been very impressed with our partners at Canterbury Christ Church University, this partnership has enabled us to progress projects much faster than we could on our own. This includes being able to generate novel data on the use of our products through student projects, advancing research into new antibiotics and cancer therapies from venoms and increasing the understanding of invertebrate welfare. Generation of this proof of concept data has, and continues to have, a positive influence with our potential customers and therefore our business. I also impart my 10+ years industrial drug discovery experience directly to the students as part of the Drug Discovery and Development module.

      As a science employer in the area, Venomtech benefit greatly from being directly involved in the curriculum to make sure the new graduates have the skills useful to employers. This includes an understanding of applied drug discovery that will make CCCU graduates stand out from others in job interviews.”

      Steve Trim, CEO, Venomtech Ltd

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