- 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 and sport-related employment opportunities, and jobs in other fields thanks to its application of theory to the real world
Top 10 in the world for sports-related subjects
QS World University Rankings 2020
2nd for Sports Science and 10th for Biological Sciences
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
92% of Biosciences students agreed they were satisfied with the quality of their course
National Student Survey 2019
Dedicated laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics and health and performance psychology
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
|Qualification||Required grades||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|
Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
*Accepted science subjects: Biology/Human Biology^; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; 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.
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.
Tuition fees for 2021 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,800 per year
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
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?
- 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.
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.
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.
BSc Human Biosciences
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 for the students 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 students 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.
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.
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. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Recent graduates are now working as:
- Business Development Manager
- Cardiac Physiologist
- Clinical Exercise Specialist
- Performance Analyst
- Research Technician
- Physiotherapy Technical Instructor
Recent graduates are now working for:
- Cancer Research UK
- Exeter Chiefs
- Newcastle United Football Club
- Nuffield Health
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. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17.
- MPhil Biological Sciences
- MPhil Sport and Health Sciences
- MRes Exercise Science
- MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biology
- MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport
- MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac Science)
- MSc Human Reproduction
- MSc Musculoskeletal Ageing and Health
- MSc One Health (Infectious Diseases)
- PhD Sport Science
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