Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 26/09/2014
College College Life and Env Sci
School School of Bioscience
Department School of Biosciences
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Sci. Human Biology Full-time
Programme Code 7147
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme To enable students to acquire knowledge and transferable skills in Human Biology that equip them for useful employment within and beyond the biosciences and in particular to provide training and learning opportunities which prepare them for careers in research or other areas where there is a need to be fully aware of research methodologies and philosophy. To offer a sound basic training in scientific methods by means of courses that flourish because of cross-fertilization between teaching and research. To provide students with a broad grounding in the principles and methodologies that underlie all modern life science disciplines including biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, behaviour and evolutionary theory. This will then form the basis for specialised study of aspects of human biology ranging from medical biochemistry to psychology. The outcome will be a broad understanding of humans as organisms. The fourth year will provide in-depth training in research skills and methodologies and an extended opportunity to experience research in an appropriate area of human biology at first hand.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The fundamental principles of human biology including cell biology, genetics, physiology, development, evolution, animal and plant biology, microbiology and human biochemistry that will facilitate a whole organism understanding of human biology
Aspects of human development, metabolism and cellular regulation, evolution and molecular biology at a more advanced level
A range of related biosciences disciplines such as microbiology, molecular cell biology, animal biology and genetics chosen to give the background and knowledge relevant to the students┬┐ specialised areas of interest
A specialist knowledge reflecting our current understanding of human biology in selected areas and the evidence on which it is based
Research methodology in the biosciences and how to apply it to a specific problem in biology
Lectures, practical classes, workshops, tutorials, directed reading, optional modules; research seminars and short courses; research project
Written examinations and continuous assessment including course tests, practical reports, data handling problem sheets, essays and presentations, reports, seminar summaries, extended project report
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The ability to integrate theoretical concepts and to demonstrate synthesis of ideas and critical analysis of evidence
Analytical numerical and problem solving skills which they can apply in a wide range of situations
The ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
Use Information Technology to obtain information and analyse data
Ability to work effectively in the research environment showing self motivation and the ability to work as part of a team
Skills components embedded in modules; maths, IT and laboratory skills; understanding scientific literature; essay writing and presentation skills; participation in team-building residential course
Continuous assessment including oral presentations, practical reports, data handling problem sheets, essays, literature comprehension exercise; extended project report