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Human Biology and Psychology 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
  • Scientific approach to the study of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning
  • Research active staff providing depth of expertise in areas including counselling, developmental, educational, forensic, health, sport, business, cognitive and social psychology
  • A balance of innovative and traditional assessment methods to support your learning
  • Excellence in teaching using interactive and engaging methods with academic tutoring to support your personal and professional development as a reflective student

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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 Psychology.

When youchoose to combine Psychology with another subject in a Joint Honours degree will not receive the BPS accreditation as this pathway does not provide full coverage of mandatory BPS curriculum content. However, there is flexibility to switch to Single Honours at the end of the first year if you wish to receive a BPS accredited Psychology degree.


Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

112 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. 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 Helen Scott
Programme Lead, Psychology, and Joint Honours Academic Tutor
01905 542280

Dr Gillian Harrop
Admissions Tutor, Psychology
01905 542549

Elaine Walklet
Admissions Tutor, Psychology
01905 542420

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Cell Biology
Introduction to Human Biology and Disease
Introduction to Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 1


Module options:


Year 2

Core modules:

Molecular Genetics
Human Systems Physiology


Module options:

Applied Human Metabolism
Work Experience
Infectious Agents and Allergens
Human Genetics
Medical Forensic Science
Comparative Digestive Anatomy& Physiology
Biological & Cognitive Psychology
Social & Developmental Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 2
Individual Differences
Evolution and Human Behaviour
Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology

Year 3

Core modules:

Systems Physiology 2

When selecting your modules in Levels 5 and 6 it is important to consult with your academic tutor from Psychology. We offer an MSc in Psychology following the BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. This would have an impact on your module choices within your Joint Honours programme. Visit the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.


Module options:

Mammalian Reproduction
Research Methods and Research Project
Psychology Research Project
Business Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Coaching Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology
Positive Psychology



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. This 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. Some students are using Human Biology as a route into medical school.

In addition, a degree with Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. Previous graduates have gone into roles as diverse as management, human resources, teaching, and healthcare or art therapy. During your studies with us you will learn and develop a broad range of transferable skills. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists.


How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Human Biology and Psychology BSc (Hons) CCC8

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

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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