BSc Human Biosciences

UCAS codeC900
Duration3 years
Typical offerAAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
  • Sport and Health Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Streatham (Exeter)
  • St Luke's (Exeter)


The BSc Human Biosciences is delivered jointly by Biosciences and Sport and Health Sciences. The programme represents an innovative, collaborative teaching response to a broadening demand for graduates with skills in fields of study relating to biological and sport science. It allows you to study scientific aspects of health, physical activity and biotechnology 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.

  • Taught jointly by Biosciences and Sport and Health Sciences this interdisciplinary degree is an innovative collaborative programme. You will study scientific aspects of health, physical activity and cell biology and learn about the importance of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease
  • A thorough grounding in the study of cell 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 microbiology
  • 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

Year 1
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.

Year 2
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.

Year 3
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 can undertake a project/dissertation centred on the research work of a member of staff. Under their academic supervision, you will develop the skill set needed to move forward as a science graduate.

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 schools and has made my time at Exeter so far one of great enjoyment.

Tom, Human Biosciences student.

Programme structure

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.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted, or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in stage 2 and 3 of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module ESS3910 Professional Development Experience or the five-, ten- and 15-credit Professional Development Experience modules, BIO3910, BIO3911 and BIO3912, in the second or final years. Registration on these modules is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, these modules will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


Required subjects

GCE A-levels: grade B in Biology plus grade B in another science subject*.

IB: HL5 in Biology plus HL5 in another science subject or two science subjects at SL5*.

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require A-level grade B in Biology plus grade B in another science subject*.

GCSEs: GCSE English Language at grade C or 4, plus GCSE Maths at grade C or 4.

*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.

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements.

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts. Learning and teaching is through lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory and practical sessions and independent study with internationally recognised, research-active staff. You will have the opportunity to undertake challenging independent research projects dealing with questions and issues at the cutting edge of life science research. Regular research seminars, by our staff and visiting lecturers, bring you the latest issues on a wide range of research topics.

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.

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.

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.


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.

My first year as a Human Biosciences student at Exeter has been amazing. Exeter uniquely combines biosciences with sport and health sciences into one course allowing me to pursue my interests in both areas. By studying both subjects you are a member of both Biosciences and Sport and Health Sciences, which enables you to use the facilities on both campuses, which is something most students have little opportunity to do. Within the course there is a lot of practical based study allowing you to use top of the range labs and equipment, not only is this a great way of studying but it enables you to interact more with other students. Over the first year you gain a wide base of knowledge, which then gets applied to the 2nd and 3rd years where you can choose from a wide range of modules to suit your interests. Apart from studying, there are great opportunities to become involved in, such as the student ambassador scheme, which is a great way to get to know staff better. I really enjoyed my first year at Exeter and look forward to another great two years!

Matt, Human Biosciences student.


A degree in Human Biosciences will help you to develop a wide range of essential skills such as analytical problem solving, decision-making, teamwork, organising and communicating information, and leadership. Key vocational skills, such as advanced laboratory training for biomechanical and physiological testing, also enhance the employability of our students,

A number of our students continue their studies in the subject by following a further degree and research in their chosen area, or by training as a teacher. Many of our graduates are employed in a wide variety of related roles in the UK and overseas. Others use the skills gained on their course to enter widely different career paths in law, business or management. Whatever you choose to do after graduation, your Human Biosciences degree will stand you in good stead, with excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.

Graduate destinations

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Biosciences and Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Performance Analyst
Biomedical Support Officer
Business Development Manager
Growing Up Diet Nutritionist
Research Fieldworker
Scientific Officer
Clinical Exercise Specialist
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Nutrition Intern
Cardiac Scientist
Sports Scientist
Trainee Accountant
Cambridge Bioscience
AFC Bournemouth
QA Learning
University of Exeter
Healthcare at Home
The Portland Hospital - HCA International
Ernst and Young LLP
The King's School Canterbury
Millfield Prep School
Crystal Palace Football Club
Great British Racing International
Exeter Chiefs
Leicester Tigers

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Biosciences or Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate degree. 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) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Subject areaInstitution
Sports performance analysis
Medical sciences
Sport and health science
PGCE Primary Education
Clinical exercise science
Biological sciences
Sports therapy
PGCE Secondary Physical Education
Cardiac science
International management
Nutritional medicine
Sports therapy and rehab
Food and nutrition
Cellular biology
Cancer research
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
Newcastle University
Loughborough University
City University
Cranfield University
Lund University
University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland
University of Bristol
University of Glasgow
University of Leeds
University of Manchester

Find out more

Further information about the opportunities the University of Exeter offers to maximise our graduates’ employment prospects can be found on the CareerZone website.

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