Biology University of Cumbria


Whether you’re fascinated by the human body’s genetics or aspire to be part of exciting future advances in the fight against disease – this human biology course will enable you to study and research topical, worldwide issues affecting individuals.

We’ve designed this relevant and modern course to give you a broad understanding of biological principles, but importantly, the flexibility to specialise in either microbiology or molecular biology.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our learn-by-doing focus means you'll often put your academic knowledge to the test with practical sessions in our brand new laboratories - crucial skills for your future as a scientist. Plus, you’ll work in small learning groups, so tutors are always on hand to help with your studies and research.

  • Study in our new up-to-date labs to gain the practical skills employers demand

  • Boost your employability by planning and conducting experiments independently

  • Taught by academic staff, involved in research and passionate about their field

  • Small class sizes so we get to know you and can closely guide and support you

  • Flexible modules so you carve the course to suit your future career path

  • Explore current advances in human biology to keep up-to-date with scientific developments

  • Study topical clinical and environmental microbiology, such as Ebola

  • Learn and study genetics, their patterns of inheritance and mutations

  • We aim to boost your knowledge and research of topical issues affecting individuals worldwide

  • Our course aims to provide you with a breadth of knowledge of human health and welfare, including the development of new medicine.

Students have gone on to work for major pharmaceutical companies, cancer research, undertaken postgraduate research or become teachers – with 94% doing so within 6 months of graduating. So, give your career in future science the edge with our modern human biology degree.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Carlisle - Fusehill Street

  • Start date

    17 September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


Year one - Fundamentals of Biology (Cell Biology, Introductory Microbiology and Immunology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Molecular Biology, Introductory Biochemistry and Laboratory Science. Year two - Routes in Microbiology; Microbiological techniques, Medical microbiology and Microbial Genetics. Molecular and Cellular Biology (Genetics); Human Genetics, Biochemical pathways and pharmacology and physiology. Both pathways will undertake modules in infection and immunity, bioinformatics and applications of molecular biology. Year three - Dissertation plus optional modules. The optional modules include modules which may lead to additional pathways in Biosciences - Environmental which will be aimed at the analysis and bioremediation of pollution in the environment

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C110
Institution code C99
Campus name Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Campus code F

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points Including A'level Biology at grade C or above or equivalent
A level C C C - B B C
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM - DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
M: 30 credits
Must be science based, need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3
Scottish Higher B B C C - A B B B

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or equivalent

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.