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BSc Human Biosciences - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code C900
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2023

Streatham and St Luke's, Exeter

Discipline Sport and Health Sciences (including Nutrition)

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

Typical offer

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A levels: AAB - ABB
IB: 34/665 - 32/655

Contextual offers

A-Level: BBB - BBC
IB: 30/555 - 28/554


  • Study specific aspects of health, physical activity and cell biology and learn about the importance of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease
  • Taught jointly by Biosciences and Sport and Health Sciences, this interdisciplinary degree is an innovative, collaborative programme that responds to a broadening demand for graduates with skills in fields of study relating to biological and sport science
  • You'll benefit from research-inspired teaching and academic collaborations with industry and professional athletes
  • This unique degree can lead to further study opportunities, a variety of biological science and sport-related employment opportunities, and jobs in other fields thanks to its application of theory to the real world

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

16th in the world for Sports-related subjects

QS World University Rankings 2022

Dedicated laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics and health and performance psychology

Opportunities to take a professional placement year


One of my highlights has been being introduced to the laboratories in the university, as they are a big change from what I was used to working in, and they have much more equipment for various experiments. I enjoy using the labs for practical work, and feel that I learn best this way. 


BSc Human Biosciences

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level AAB - ABB B in Biology and B in another science subject*
IB 34/665 - 32/655 HL 5 in Biology plus either another science subject at HL 5 or two science subjects at SL 5*
BTEC DDD - DDM Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma are also required to achieve A-level grade B in Biology and B in another science subject*
GCSE C or 4 Grade C or 4 in English Language and Mathematics
Access to HE 24 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit Grade To include 12 L3 Credits at Merit Grade in Biology and 12 L3 Credits at Merit Grade in an acceptable science subject area*
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB - BBC
IB: 30/555 - 28/554

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other UK, EU and International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

*Accepted science subjects: Biology/Human Biology^; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only), Marine Science; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths^; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Sport Science; Statistics.

^If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.

Course content

This degree programme allows you to study scientific aspects of health, physical activity and molecular and cellular biology and recognises the importance that exercise can play in the prevention and treatment of disease. You will receive a thorough grounding in the study of human and molecular biology together with the various sub-disciplines of exercise and sport sciences, including biomechanics, kinesiology, human and applied physiology, molecular biology, genetics and medical microbiology.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Develop a foundation in exercise science and biology. Practical work is designed to complement your lectures. You will receive training in key scientific skills as part of the Fundamental Principles for Bioscientists module, which includes tutorials.

The modules expand on knowledge and skills obtained in the first year. You will now begin to tailor your degree to suit your personal interests in biology and exercise and sports sciences through a wide range of modules.

You have the opportunity to focus on areas of biology and exercise and sport sciences that particularly interest you. During the first two terms you will undertake a project/dissertation centred on the research work of a member of staff in either Sport and Health Sciences or Biosciences. Under their academic supervision, you will develop the skill set needed to move forward as a science graduate.

Course variants

This programme offers the opportunity to take a professional placement year (through a competitive entry process). You will spend your third year on a self-organised work placement with an organisation relevant to your degree, which we support you to secure.

Why choose a professional placement year?

In your professional placement year you will learn to apply the knowledge learnt during your first and second years, improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and enhance your employability. Work placements allow you to gain experience of a professional workplace prior to graduating and develop your career focus, and are extremely valued by employers.

What support is available during my placement?

You will be supported through your professional placement by a programme director who will provide high-quality advice to ensure you get the most from your placement.

Does it count towards my degree?

The professional placement year counts towards your degree through the completion of your placement and associated coursework. It contributes to your final degree classification, and the words ‘with Professional Placement’ will appear in your degree title. 

During your first, second and final years of study, you will follow the same programme of study as the BSc Human Biosciences (see Course content).

How does it affect my tuition fee?

If you spend a full year on a work placement, you will pay a reduced fee. Find out more in the fees section.

How do I apply?

There is no need to apply directly to this programme: apply via UCAS for BSc Human Biosciences, and you can apply to transfer onto the four-year programme with Professional Placement once you are at Exeter. 


Tuition fees for 2023 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £27,000 per year

Professional Placement

If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK or abroad) you will pay a reduced fee of 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year.


The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us in 2023 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships


Our specialist facilities include:

  • Life Sciences Resource Centre containing a vast selection of anatomical models used for both teaching and during opening hours outside of taught sessions where you can come and use them to enhance learning. There is also a wide selection of books and real human bones.
  • Purpose-built laboratories within Sport and Health Sciences for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, and health and performance psychology, cognitive and social psychology
  • State-of-the-art facilities within Biosciences including dedicated bioimaging, next generation sequencing and mass spectrometry facilities
  • Multi-million pound teaching, learning and research facilities

Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Practical sessions
  • Independent study
  • Research seminars and guest lectures

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.

Learn from experts

We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts. Our staff have close links with a wide range of industrial, medical and sporting organisations with whom there may be the chance to collaborate for your final year research project.


Assessment methods vary depending on your choice of modules, but are likely to include examinations and coursework-based assessment.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. The assessments in the second and third years contribute to your final degree classification.

Academic support

We pride ourselves on providing a very high standard of care and support to our students. You will have a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.

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My first year studying Human Biosciences was an amazing experience. The course combines a great balance between Biosciences and Sport and Health Sciences, which was ideal for me as I wanted to study both areas and could not find a similar opportunity at other universities. 

The Human Biosciences programme provides a broad study of its two constituents but also allows more detailed involvement in specific areas of interest. There is a lot of practical work in both components; this is perfect for someone who likes a ‘hands on’ approach to their studies. The course allows for a large range of module selections in the second and third years, which was vital as it allows me to keep many options available. I have met lots of new people, which is another benefit of being involved in two departments and has made my time at Exeter so far one of great enjoyment.

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BSc Human Biosciences

Your future

Employer-valued skills this course develops

A degree in Human Biosciences will help you develop the key transferable skills valued by employers, such as problem-solving, decision-making, planning and organising, personal communication and leadership. Key vocational skills also enhance the employability of our students, such as advanced laboratory training for biomechanical and physiological testing.

Science graduates compete well in the graduate employment market as they offer strong analytical and problem-solving skills valued highly across all sectors.

Supporting your career in Sport and Health Sciences and Biosciences

Each year, students within Sport and Health Sciences and Biosciences are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options.

A range of employability sessions are put on which include: career talks from visiting alumni and employers from a range of backgrounds; career conversations with employers; employability seminar series events, an annual Careers and Networking Sports Health Science evening with alumni, organisations and employers; and a Careers in Healthcare event. In addition you will receive support to access high-quality work placements through the optional Career Development module.

You will also be encouraged to attend and present at student conferences, such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference, and to be involved in initiatives including the student ambassadors scheme and workplace internships.

Careers services

We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you wish to follow, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.

Career paths

Many of our graduates are employed in discipline relevant roles in the UK and overseas including laboratory-based positions, healthcare, biomedical research, general teaching, marketing, sports management and administration for the public sector.

Whatever you choose to do after graduation, your Human Biosciences degree will stand you in good stead, with excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates from our Sport and Health Sciences and Biosciences undergraduate programmes*. 

Recent graduates are now working as:

  • Sports coaches, instructors and officials
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Chartered and certified accountants
  • Biochemists and biomedical scientists
  • Primary and secondary education teaching professionals
  • Project support officers
  • Biological scientists
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Business sales executives
  • Marketing associate professionals

Recent graduates are now working for:

  • British Army
  • David Lloyd
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club
  • Everton Football Club Co Ltd
  • Kick Start Education
  • Menarini Diagnostics
  • Moore Kingston Smith
  • NHS
  • Pure Sports Medicine

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Sport & Health Sciences and Biosciences undergraduate programmes. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes*.

  • MPH/MRes/PhD Biological Sciences

  • MRes Ecosystem and Environmental Change

  • MRes Medicine and Health

  • MSc Environment and Human Health

  • MSc Exercise Physiology

  • MSc Physiotherapy

  • MSc Immunology

  • MSc Psychology (Conversion)

  • MSc Sports Rehabilitation

  • PGCE Physical Education Secondary

*This information has been taken from aggregating the responses from full-time, first degree, UK domiciled students who completed 2017/18 and 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes surveys. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

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