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Human Biology and Human Nutrition BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Emphasis on human health and disease, taught by academic staff who are active in biomedical research. This practical expertise provides an informed and up-to-date approach to teaching
  • There is a strong emphasis on practical work and on the development of transferable skills to increase employability
  • The flexibility of our course based on optional modules 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
  • Large course practical content including food analysis and public health nutrition fieldwork
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Keen focus of transferable skills required by nutritionists in the field as well as many other career avenues

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


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

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Lorraine Weaver
Head of Biological Sciences
01905 855598

Dr Laurence Trueman
Award Leader, Human Nutrition
01905 542186

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

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


Module options:


Year 2

Core modules:

Molecular Genetics
Human Systems Physiology
The Food Supply Chain


Module options:

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

Core modules:

Systems Physiology 2
Nutrition through the Life Cycle


Module options:

Mammalian Reproduction
Research Methods and Research Project
Public Health Nutrition
Human Nutrition & Disease Modulation



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).

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Human Biology and Human Nutrition BSc (Hons) CBC4

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

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