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What makes Human Biology and Human Nutrition at Worcester special?

Studied as a joint honours degree, you will explore the latest scientific developments in how our bodies operate, alongside an extensive knowledge of nutritional principles.

At Worcester, Human Biology will provide you with a practical approach to scientific study and allow you to work with brand new laboratories equipped with the latest technologies.

The Human Nutrition programme offers you the opportunity to explore the connections between food constituents, diet and health, with an emphasis on practical experience and real life scenarios. You will look in detail at the functions of nutrients and other bioactive compounds.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Emphasis on human health and disease, taught by academic staff who are active in biomedical research.
  • The flexibility of the course allows you to pursue your own specialist interests within Human Biology
  • Comprehensive subject coverage from public health and food supply issues through to the molecular function of important compounds in a healthy diet
  • Key nutrition-related skills such as assessment of nutrient status via anthropometry and biochemical testing
  • Keen focus of transferable skills required by nutritionists in the field as well as many other career avenues
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree 
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

  • 112 UCAS Tariff points

In addition Human Nutrition asks for:

  • 104 UCAS Tariff points if A2 Biology and A2 another Science e.g. Chemistry
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points if A2 Biology and AS another Science
  • 116 UCAS Tariff points if AS Biology and A2 another Science
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points if AS Biology

Other information

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Cell Biology 
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Disease
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition 
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Molecular Genetics 
  • Human Systems Physiology 
  • The Food Supply Chain

Optional

  • Microbiology 
  • Applied Human Metabolism 
  • Infectious Agents and Allergens
  • Human Genetics 
  • Medical Forensic Science 
  • Comparative Digestive Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Molecular Genetics 
  • Human Systems Physiology I 
  • Work Experience

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Systems Physiology 2 
  • Nutrition through the Life Cycle

Optional

  • Mammalian Reproduction 
  • Research Methods and Research Project 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Parasitology 
  • Public Health Nutrition 
  • Human Nutrition & Disease Modulation
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Human Biology and Human Nutrition.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Human Biology and Human Nutrition.

The lecturers on my course were fantastic and really helped me to achieve my full potential.

Alexandra Giles, Human Nutrition graduate

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Lorraine Weaver

Lorraine's interests range from the physiology and behaviour of large agricultural animals to the ecology of Bryophytes, the latter being one of her main research interests.

Lorraine also carries out research on learning and teaching. With other biology tutors, Lorraine has developed a Personal Development Planning scheme which is unique to Worcester. One aspect of this is that it recognises and records the skills which students can gain, including the practical skills.

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Dr Allain Bueno

Dr Allain Bueno joined the University of Worcester in January 2012, after 4 years of Post-doctoral experience at the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition in London, working with Prof Michael Angus Crawford, one of the pioneers in fatty acid metabolism and brain composition.

Dr Bueno investigated in his PhD the effects of dietary fats on adipose tissue metabolism, and how different types of fat can influence disorders such as inflammation and diabetes. In his MPhil Dr Bueno investigated the impact of surgical removal of fat pads on metabolic adaptations in obesity induced by diet and by neurochemical malfunctioning.

His current area of research includes the biochemistry of dietary fats and their role in oxidative stress, brain metabolism and function.

Dr Bueno is a Scientific Advisor of the Food Standards Agency.

Careers

Where could it take you?

As a Human Biologist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills that are much in demand by employers. These include primary research and critical evaluation skills, communications skills, both written and oral, and a range of technical and IT skills such as the use of DNA technology, IT-based analysis, data analysis, and applied statistics. The Human Biology element of the course will prepare you for a number of different career paths including work with the police, laboratory practice, medical and laboratory sales and postgraduate degrees. Additionally some students are using Human Biology as a route into medical school.

Human nutritionists who can look at evidence and make measured and reasoned judgements are required in scientific and health fields, but also in the media, as nutritional journalists and presenters; in retailing, as managers of health food shops and as advisors in the larger supermarkets; and in finance, to ensure there is a balanced view relating to new food technology and that any risks are neither under or over-stated. Many other openings are also available in such areas as: education (healthy school food programme), food production (advisors to growers and animal husbandry), and food provision (advisors or trainers of catering staff).

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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