Human Biology with Sociology and Psychology

The BSc (Hons) Human Biology with Sociology and Psychology is the only one of its kind in Scotland.

It focuses on the relationship between biology and the other disciplines, which is particularly important in light of the social, ethical and psychological implications of recent developments in life sciences.

UK & EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:CL03

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Biological and Biomedical Science

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries for RUK students

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Essential SubjectsBiology/Human Biology (H), Maths, English, Chemistry (S Grade 2/ILC-O/Int 2 Grade B), Chemistry or Double Award Science, English and Maths (GCSE)
Recommended SubjectsChemistry, Mathematics, Psychology or Sociology, Physics, English (H)
HigherBBBB
A-LevelBCC
ILCB2B2B2B2 at Higher grade
IB24 points including Chemistry and Biology
BTECRelevant subject plus GCSEs
English Language RequirementsIn addition to meeting the qualification requirements, international students where English is not the first language require an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.

If you do not meet the English or academic requirements, you may be eligible for the INTO GCU International Certificate programme.

BioramaAll applicants who receive an offer will be invited to attend an information evening organised by the Department of Life Sciences.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:CL03

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Biological and Biomedical Science

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

IB24 points including Chemistry and Biology
Entry RequirementsThis programme accepts applications from international students. Please see the International Students pages for further details.
English Language RequirementsIn addition to meeting the qualification requirements, international students where English is not the first language require an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.

If you do not meet the English or academic requirements, you may be eligible for the INTO GCU International Certificate programme.

BioramaAll applicants who receive an offer will be invited to attend an information evening organised by the Department of Life Sciences.

Further Education Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:CL03

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Biological and Biomedical Science

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

BioramaAll applicants who receive an offer will be invited to attend an information evening organised by the Department of Life Sciences.
FE College StudentsYear 1 entry: Access to Science or HNC in a related subject (B in Graded Unit) and interview

Programme Description

There is a strong relationship between body and mind, brain and behaviour, and these associations have profound effects on society. The Human Biology with Sociology and Psychology programme exposes students to the interface between biology and the other disciplines, which is particularly important in the light of the social, ethical and psychological implications of recent developments in the life sciences.

The programme is modular in nature. In each year a semester system of two 15-week teaching blocks is operated with students studying three modules in each semester (six modules a year).

The first two years of the programme provide a firm foundation in relevant aspects of human biology, psychology and sociology. In the later years students will focus their studies on disease states, current therapies, including gene therapy, and their implications for the individual and society.

Theoretical elements of the programme are supported by practical classes, which are designed to develop the skills and techniques necessary for employment.

The development of strong communication skills is an integral element of this degree. Graduates will have a good understanding of human biology and will appreciate the social, ethical and psychological implications that arise from an understanding of human biology and, in particular, from new developments in this field.

Why Choose This Programme?

There is a strong relationship between body and mind, brain and behaviour, and these associations have profound effects on society. The Human Biology with Sociology and Psychology programme exposes students to the interface between biology and the other disciplines, which is particularly important in the light of the social, ethical and psychological implications of recent developments in the life sciences.

The School of Health and Life Sciences offers a friendly environment with state-of-the-art facilities. As part of a relatively small group, you will enjoy easy access to both staff and laboratories. The programme is run by dedicated staff who are committed to producing quality graduates with an up-to-date theoretical knowledge combined with well-developed laboratory and communications skills, and who can successfully compete in an expanding global job market.

This particular mix of subject areas will only be found at Glasgow Caledonian and there is an opportunity to either complete this degree or move across to one of the other specific career areas at the end of Year 1. Although multidisciplinary in nature, the programme has a strong emphasis on human biology and the flexibility of the modules on offer allows student choice as well as a degree of specialisation.By the end of your second year, you will have a good appreciation of the specialist streams and you can choose subjects in your third and honours years which you feel are most interesting and appropriate to your career aspirations.

What You'll Learn

Year 1
Foundation modules for Human Physiology, Sociology, Psychology and Nutritional Science

Year 2
Human Physiology 2 and 3
Introduction to Microbiology
The Gene
Sociology 2 or Evolution and Biopsychology
Regulation, Welfare and Society or The Person in a Social Context

Year 3

Genetic Manipulation and Bioethics
Empirical Research Methods (Sociology) or Research Methods for Psychology
A Sociology module
A Psychology module
Two Biology modules from a wide range

Year 4

Empirical Research Project or Dissertation
Two Biology modules
Two Psychology and/or Sociology modules from a wide range

Career Opportunities

Graduates pursue careers in health promotion, health counselling, voluntary organisations in the health, welfare and social services, and in all other areas dealing with health and human issues.

Graduates also have a strong practical and theoretical background in human biology, allowing them to pursue laboratory-based careers in industry, universities or the public sector. They will also be well equipped for careers in many other areas such as journalism and the leisure industry.

Assessment Methods

Our programme has been commended by the external assessor for its breadth and width of assessments, which include critical essays, seminar presentations, literature reviews, workbooks and lab reports.

The most significant piece of work for our Level Four students is the double module dissertation project on a topic often self-selected, giving them an opportunity to investigate and review an area of interest while demonstrating their higher order thinking skills. The findings are presented in a substantial piece of written work as well as a talk given to peers and academics. The multi-disciplinary approach of this programme gives our students a singular opportunity to draw on multiple perspectives when planning their dissertation, allowing them the academic freedom to produce a truly unique piece of work.

Teaching Methods

The ultimate aim of our programme, the only one of its kind in Scotland, is to produce graduates equipped with a broad solid knowledge base and multiple skills to ensure they are prepared for whichever career paths they wish to follow as independent life-long learners.

By the time our students undertake the transition to honours level they will have developed well-informed critical perspectives and the ability to make both intra- and inter-disciplinary connections. At every stage, they will be prepared for and supported in their progress from one level to the next.

Our students benefit from learning next to students from a range of other disciplines, sharing modules in life sciences, health professions, psychology and sociology. This widens their learning experience and gives alternative perspectives to learning.

Perhaps the most significant resource available to our students is our body of dedicated and experienced academic staff. Many of our lecturers are actively involved in research which feeds into their teaching and underpins the development of new teaching material.

Teaching is given a high priority within the contributing schools, and our students are exposed to a learning environment shaped by an ethos of academic curiosity, creativity and forward thinking. The staff have embraced new and innovative forms of teaching, are helpful and supportive, and generally operate an open-door policy.

Our students have the opportunity to study abroad, last year, two third year students spent a term in Madrid and one in Australia.

Employment Details

This programme is designed to produce graduates equipped with a life science background with a strong social science and psychology slant, as well as possessing professional knowledge and skills that open up a wide range of career paths in counselling, social work, health education, journalism and media, teaching, industry and research. Our graduates often undertake postgraduate study in a related field.

We have strong links with the careers service, which delivers careers information at different stages in the course, to help students identify their own key skills and attributes in order to match their own career aspirations, improve their employability and assist in their graduate job search.

Fee Information

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.

video_thumbnail.jpg/media/gcalwebv2/gcal-site/fla/courseVideoPlayer.swf