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Course overview

This course provides a broad understanding of the physiology of the body’s major systems as well as human health and disease. You study the cause, diagnosis and treatment of human disease from a multidisciplinary and evidence-based perspective, which will help you with a career in a variety of healthcare and life science settings.

You can complete an optional work placement year as part of this degree course at no extra cost.

By studying nutrition, physiology and epidemiology, you explore how humans change over the lifespan, adapt to external stressors, and how lifestyle can have an impact on health over an individual’s lifespan. You research and identify potential therapeutic and clinical strategies to reduce the effect of these risk factors on disease states.

Alongside this, you develop skills for employability including good laboratory practice, control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) assessments, health and safety policies, Human Tissues Act, quality assurance and patient care. You also develop transferrable skills including verbal and poster presentations, written reports, independent research and teamworking skills. Delivered in partnership between our School of Science, Engineering & Design and our School of Health & Social Care, this degree also prepares you for postgraduate study including research degrees and taught masters programmes (MSc) including public health, dietetics, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography, radiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing detailed here.

If you are interested in applying for a course in Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions leading to professional registration, then our CertHE Health Sciences and CertHE Health Sciences (with Foundation Year) courses will help you develop your knowledge and skills in a range of subjects that will help your application.

You study at Teesside University’s Middlesbrough campus, but during your degree you have the opportunity to gain valuable experience at the new National Horizons Centre at the University’s Darlington campus which is home to a range of state-of-the-art facilities. This £22m purpose-built biosciences research, education and training facility is a focal point for the growing regional biosciences community.

 

Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Anatomy and Physiology

You gain a basic knowledge of human body structure and to relate this knowledge to both the understanding of the mechanisms associated with the control and regulation of physiological processes of the major organs systems of the body. This will allow you to develop ability to apply, evaluate and interpret the knowledge to solve problems in the discipline. You also develop applied contexts of the knowledge such as the construction of biological profiles for human identification including sex, age at death, stature determination and biological affinity. The module will be delivered through lectures, computer- aided learning via interactive web-based activities and labs.

Application of Health Sciences

You study the breadth of health science, clinical and non-clinical support services within the National Health Service in the delivery of high- quality, person-centred care.

You learn through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures to provide the core underpinning knowledge, seminars, group work, and role play to develop your knowledge, understanding and confidence.

Service user/carer involvement provides you with a valuable insight into personal experience of current healthcare provision.

Biochemistry and Chemical Science

You will develop an understanding of key concepts necessary to underpin subsequent studies in chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical sciences and molecular biology. Building of the underlying principles of chemistry is essential to understand complex biological systems. This module will introduce the fundamentals of chemistry and link them to the key biomolecules and biochemical processes which form the basis of life.

Biological Methods

Life sciences is a multifaceted field drawing on knowledge and understanding from the molecular level to whole organisms and ecosystems. Biologists must be able to work in teams, drawing on this vast knowledge to solve problems in the field. In this module, you work in teams to solve a biologically relevant problem, taking into account the principles of health, safety and ethics facing professionals in the workplace. You develop a range of employability skills such as time management and presenting your work. You also gain the research skills needed to support problem solving in the field and to help you become a well-rounded, professional scientist.

Cell Biology and Microbiology

The cellular basis of all living organisms is one of the characteristics which defines life. You explore the common features and the immense diversity of form and function displayed by cells of organisms. You increase your understanding of biological processes at the cellular level. You cover the structure and function of major cellular components and examine how fundamental processes within cells are organised and regulated, such as gene and protein expression. You also address the mechanisms by which cells divide, reproduce and differentiate. You study the historical development of cell biology and microbiology advances in theoretical and practical aspects of the discipline. You explore how knowledge of the biology of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, has informed the identification and control of infectious diseases. and the beneficial roles of many microorganisms and their utilisation in genetic engineering and biotechnology.

Core Skills in Life Sciences

Knowledge of the degree subject is not the only thing you learn whilst at university and it’s not the only thing that potential employers are looking for after graduation. You also need to develop a range of skills applicable for a variety of career pathways These include your ability to articulate yourself clearly, confidently and effectively to different audiences; to work independently or on your own initiative demonstrating creativity and adaptability when tackling problems where you don’t have all the necessary information available; to locate information and critically assess its usefulness; and to make efficient and effective use of the latest information technology.

You also learn to assess your own performance, giving you the chance to recognise and build on your strengths, and identify and improve your weaknesses as a way to raise your aspirations. This module also introduces you to basic principles and good practice in collecting, recording and evaluating data, and using information resources and referencing. You also consider the assessment and handling of scientific errors. You review a range of basic mathematical skills and introduce statistical methods that are essential in a wide range of scientific endeavour. Emphasis is placed on using spreadsheets for data recording, presentation and statistical analysis.


 

Year 2 core modules

Human Development

You are introduced to recent advances that have taken place in our understanding of human reproductive and developmental biology. You examine the process of human development from the formation of gametes (gametogenesis) through to birth and identifying genetic disorders. To complement this, you see how to apply this knowledge in the areas of stem cells, IVF and genetic counselling.

Human Diseases and Immunology

Infectious diseases are responsible for a third of global mortality and have a significant impact on quality of life on a worldwide basis. This module examines the organisms able to generate pathogenic interactions with human populations and takes a systems-based approach, for example gastrointestinal, respiratory and genitourinary tract, to examine the virulence determinants, pathology, characteristics and epidemiology of selected pathogens. You are also introduced to the current molecular and cellular biology of pathogen interactions and co-evolution with host cells, and their relevance to human diseases. And you consider the factors contributing to the emergence of devastating pandemics and new diseases, in particular the significance of zoonotic diseases. The module reviews the extensive array of protein and cell-based responses which are typically launched against microbial pathogens as part of the innate and acquired immune response. You analyse the effectiveness of strategies used to treat and control the transmission of infectious diseases.

Science Communication and Bioethics

Central to this module is using teamwork for problem-based learning and monitored or facilitated self-directed learning. You explore the way science is communicated within the scientific community, to stakeholders and the general public. You discuss and critically analyse the different communication methods. You are also introduced to bioethical issues central to your programme of study. You are expected to debate these issues and sensibly communicate the complexity of the themes which are embedded within the scientific disciplines.

Science Research Methods and Proposal

You will take this module if you are studying a science degree and complete a hypothesis-driven research project at Level 6 of your degree studies. It is delivered though lectures, tutorials and workshops.

You develop a proposal for your research project, which includes an explanation of the project targeted at both a specialist audience and the general public, and details of experimental design and statistical analysis to be employed. The proposal considers academic beneficiaries and economic, environmental and societal impacts. Project costs are estimated on the basis of a full economic costing model. In addition, the proposal is supported by a targeted CV.

A short lecture series at the start of the academic year provides you with an introduction to the module and advice on completing the research proposal documentation, followed by a series of assessment centre-style workshops and tasks which help assign you to a specific research project area and supervisor. These tasks familiarise you with the type of activities you might face during the application, interview and selection procedures.

You must produce a research proposal for your individual project. You are supported by a series of meetings with your supervisor to provide feedback on your progress.

For the proposal to be considered you must acquire ethical clearance from the School Research Ethics Committee. Once you are allocated a project you join discipline-based tutorials with other students. Each discipline operates tutorial sessions, which are used to provide academic guidance and support for completing ethical clearance documentation and the proposal. A series of research methodology-based workshops introduce you to various experimental designs and statistical techniques relevant to your discipline. These sessions also demonstrate how you can use software such as Minitab, SPSS and Excel to present and analyse datasets. These workshops help you decide on the design and analysis of the data associated with your project.

The module is assessed by you successfully acquiring ethical clearance (pass/fail) and submitting a completed research project proposal and supporting CV (100%).

 

and two optional modules

Clinical Pharmacology

You focus on treating and preventing disease. You study the nature of the adverse effects of drugs and other chemicals on living systems. You explore treatments of diseases in major organs and the effects of drugs used in chemotherapy.

Genetics and Molecular Biology

This module introduces you to a range of modern molecular biology concepts and techniques. It addresses general molecular biology, molecular biology of genetic diseases and using molecular biology for producing recombinant proteins and forensic applications. The new age of molecular biology is underpinned by gene and genome sequencing, sequence analysis and sequence manipulation. You are introduced to the principles of sequence analysis and how these techniques have revolutionised all areas of molecular biology, particularly the technique of polymerase chain reaction (PCR). You learn through lectures and tutorials that allow you to gain insight into the theoretical aspects of molecular biology. A series of laboratory practical sessions introduce the basic techniques at the heart of modern molecular biology such as DNA purification, PCR, restriction digestion, control of gene expression, nucleic acid analysis through agarose gels and sequencing.

Health Science Project

You develop an independent approach to learning and have the opportunity to pursue a particular area of interest in healthcare. The topic for the project can relate to any area of healthcare practice.

Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry

You gain a broad understanding of the human metabolism, endocrinology and clinical biochemistry. Metabolism, the chemical processes that occurs in living organisms, is examined in the context of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, cellular respiration and metabolism of drugs. Endocrinology, the study of the physiological role of hormones, is covered in detail, including a review of the mechanisms underpinning hormone action, the roles of second messengers and endocrine system disorders. Enzyme kinetics and enzyme regulation is also a significant topic.

The module will also explore the methods used for the collection, measurement and analysis of clinical samples in the biomedical laboratory. You will also cover the principles and applications of clinical biochemistry investigations used in screening, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.

Lifestyle and Health

Lifestyle and behaviour choices are important considerations in influencing major risk factors for a number of chronic health conditions including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers and high blood pressure. This module develops your understanding of how lifestyle can have an impact on health over an individual’s life span. You take a wider perspective by looking at broader populations. You consider the influence of factors such as the obesogenic environment, socioeconomic status and the impact of life course on health behaviours. You also consider the relationship between physical activity, nutrition, smoking and alcohol consumption to study the impact of lifestyle on health outcomes.

 

Year 3 optional placement year

Final-year core modules

Health Product Development

This group-work module provides you with the necessary entrepreneurship skills to understand the process of business start-up and learning to manage life science and healthcare ventures. It allows you to connect to the real-world experience of launching a new business venture and product development. You experience challenges similar to those encountered in the launch of a healthcare product from laboratory bench to the bedside. You learn about healthcare product development, regulatory control and intellectual property rights. As part of this learning you learn how to write and produce a business plan including where to raise finance.

Health Technologies

You are provided with an overview of the health technologies that are employed within the health sector in order to prevent, manage and treat diseases.

Your main focus is on the impact of medical technologies, such as medicines, medical devices, diagnostic techniques and surgical procedures.

You explore how certain conditions are diagnosed and treated along with the different measures of efficacy of these technologies.

Human Ageing and Disease

You develop your understanding of the molecular, cellular and whole organism ageing processes. This module addresses how ageing occurs by the accumulation of damage to molecules, cells and tissues, resulting in a loss of function and leading to an increased risk of death. Ageing is a major risk factor for a number of diseases including dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. This module addresses advances in intervention mechanisms which have contributed to reduced disease risk and development in an ageing population.

 

and one optional module

Clinical Genetics

You are introduced to genetic disorders, including chromosomal abnormalities, single gene disorders, birth defects with a genetic component, etc. You will learn to apply genetics knowledge to disorders seen in patients. The module is highly case-based, meaning the concepts will all be directly associated with patients throughout.

An emphasis will be based on new and current techniques like Next Generation Sequencing and advances in the NHS analysis of genetic disorders, such as whole genome sequencing of all seriously ill children and paediatric cancer patients that have recently been implemented. Discussions of the ethics involved in sequencing whole genomes, identifying genetic disorders, and screening for genetic disorders will be incorporated throughout.

Clinical Haematology and Transfusion Science

You study the origin and creation in the body of all the different types of blood cells (red, white, platelets), the roles of these in normal function, and how they are defective in blood disorders, including blood cancers. You will learn about blood groups, antibodies, and other important considerations in transfusion as well as transplantation. Coagulation and associated disorders will also be covered.

Some of these lectures and the practicals will be conducted by external lecturers (including NHS staff and from local companies). Practical sessions will train in preparing blood films and identifying disorders (haematology); identifying blood groups and antibodies in blood samples and recognising whose blood can be donated to whom (transfusion science); and testing for coagulation factors.

Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics

You explore a range of concepts and practical issues associated with the role of diet as a therapeutic measure in various diseases. Strong emphasis is placed on the relationship between clinical data and the nutritional management of patients and you investigate methods of nutritional assessment and diet planning.

You benefit from the knowledge and experience of professional dieticians from local NHS trusts, who visit and explain topics such as the principles of nutritional intervention for eating disorders

Drugs and Toxicology

You examine pharmacological and biochemical aspects of drug action and the subject of toxicology. Mechanisms of drug action are considered as are: intoxication, side-effects and factors affecting response to xenobiotic compounds as well as misuse and abuse issues. Methods for drug testing and the associated analytical techniques for forensic investigation are also considered.

Medical Microbiology

You explore how modern clinical microbiology can be used to detect, diagnose and control infectious diseases. You extend your understanding of the molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis and it allows you to explore how modern molecular biology techniques have been employed to define the nature of host-pathogen interactions.

Personal Development within the Health Sector

You develop the skills to analyse and evaluate the skills and behaviours required to be personally effective, and to develop strategies to engage in lifelong learning.

You explore the concepts lifelong learning and personal development. You also critically evaluate emotional intelligence and its usefulness in developing personal effectiveness.

 

and one optional module

Healthcare Systematic Review

You develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to undertake a health related systematic review. This enables you to extend your knowledge of the empirical and methodological underpinnings of health-related research through identifying and investigating a health-related problem or issue.

Science Research Project

You complete an in-depth, independent investigation into a specialist aspect of your field of study. In your project you will bring together a range of practical and academic skills developed in previous years of study. Regardless of the nature of the project, this process acts as a capstone experience requiring analysis and critical evaluation of data as well as critical reflection on the potential risks, moral and ethical issues. This piece of work will involve a significant individual contribution on your part. You will be supported by the appointment of an academic staff member as your research supervisor. They will act as a mentor and guide you through the development and completion of your research project.

Finally, you will communicate your independent research by producing a research poster and journal article to allow you to develop essential skills which mirror professional practice when research is presented at scientific conferences and for publication.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through a range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • lectures

  • tutorials

  • seminars and workshops (including oral presentations and poster sessions)

  • laboratory work

  • computer laboratory-based sessions

  • group projects

  • research projects.


  • Each programme and module is supported by a specific virtual learning environment (VLE) site.

    How you are assessed

    You may be assessed through:

    • formal exams including 'unseen' exams

    • laboratory reports

    • computer-based assessments

    • problem-solving exercises

    • data interpretation exercises

    • critical analysis of case studies

    • oral presentations and technical interviews

    • essays, literature surveys, evaluations and summaries

    • collaborative project work

    • preparation and display of posters

    • planning, conduct and reporting of project work

    You will be provided with an assessment schedule providing details of the submission deadlines for summative assessments.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We are committed to widening participation and encourage all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, to apply to study with us. We operate a flexible admissions policy taking into consideration individual circumstances, including personal achievements, relevant experience, personal qualities, as well as qualifications and grades.

Year 1 entry
96-112 UCAS tariff points
You must have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent and have studied at least one relevant subject at Level 3. Eligible subjects include:

Applied Science
Biology
Health Sciences

Typical Level 3 qualifications include:

A levels (within a minimum of grade C from one relevant subject)
BTEC Extended Diploma
Access to HE Diploma

Alternative equivalent UK and international qualifications and subjects are also considered. If you are not eligible for Year 1 entry, we also offer this course with an integrated foundation year.

Direct entry to later years
If you have previously studied a relevant subject at a higher level (HNC, HND or one or more years of a degree at another institution) we can consider you for direct entry to Year 2 or Final Year of this course. Please provide us with a complete detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to help us determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

Applicant Days
If you receive an offer to study with us you will be invited to attend one of our Applicant Days. This is a great opportunity to learn more about studying at Teesside by exploring our campus, seeing our excellent facilities, meeting staff and students, and finding out more about your course.

The Applicant Day provides you with information, guidance and advice to help you make the right choice. Even if you have attended an Open Day we encourage you to attend the Applicant Day - we are confident you will find your visit a useful experience.

Alternative progression routes
If you are not eligible to join this course directly then we may be able to help you prepare for admission by studying appropriate pre-degree Summer University modules.
Please contact us to discuss the alternative progression routes available to you.

Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
Find out more about RPL

 

Employability

Work placement

A work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service are available to help you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and, as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

Career opportunities

The BSc (Hons) Health Sciences degree provides a broad base of scientific knowledge and skills applicable to many occupations and potential career opportunities. Graduate jobs include roles related to scientific and medical research, clinical science and analytical laboratory work. Potential employers include health service organisations, government, local authorities, industry, and charitable and international organisations. The time spent on developing essential interpersonal and valuable transferable skills throughout the degree through a diverse range of activities (group work, presentation, interview, critical thinking, problem solving, communication enhancing, analysis and statistics) make you further employable to a range of career opportunities and occupations including:

  • Biomedical/ Nutrition/ Pharmaceutical Research
  • Lifestyle and Nutritional- based Programmes/ Interventions
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Public Health and Health Promotion,
  • Pharmaceutical, Microbiological and Biotechnological Laboratory Assistants
  • Product Development Technologist
  • Development Technologist
  • Health Trainer
  • Specification Technologist

Postgraduate study
Graduates may also seek further postgraduate study in advanced health-related subjects including:
  • Diagnostic Radiotherapy*
  • Dietetic (Pre-Registration)*
  • Public Health*
  • Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)*
  • Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)*
  • Human Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Midwifery
  • Dentistry/ Medicine

* These courses are provided by Teesside University

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

International applicants - find out what qualifications you need by selecting your country below.

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: C990 BSc/HSci
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS

 

Part-time

2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

More details about our fees

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