Molecules to Microbes
Human Biology and Infectious Diseases
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
This course focuses on human biology and the pathology, transmission and epidemiology of infectious diseases affecting humans and animals. This is one of the few courses available outside of medicine that combines aspects of human physiology, immunology and infectious diseases.
You will gain a systematic understanding of the key aspects of human biology and infectious diseases, within a supportive environment. In addition to studying a core biology curriculum, you will study specialist modules such as Pathophysiology and Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
- Gain a detailed and systematic understanding of human biology and infectious diseases
- Have the opportunity to gain an understanding of many non-infectious diseases such as cancer and heart disease
- Have the option to undertake a relevant industry placement in a clinical or research-based setting
- Have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your own ambitions through specialist optional modules
This is for you if...
You are motivated to specialise in the areas of public health, tropical disease and infection biology
You wish to pursue a career that is aligned to solving real-world, global health issues
You are interested in a career in disease-based research or are interested in post-graduate entry medicine / dentistry
All about the course
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.
This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.
This module will help you develop an understanding of genes and genetics, and their influence on evolution and development. It looks at the basic principles of molecular genetics and the function and evolution of genes in organisms.
This module aims to provide you with a systems-led approach to understand basic human anatomy and embryology. You will gain an in-depth understanding of structure-function relationships of key systems in the human body through the study of gross anatomy and tissue histology.
This module will help you develop practical laboratory skills relevant to cell, organismal, micro and molecular biology which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work.
In this module you will learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement and will develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied generically during year one and beyond. You will also gain an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.
This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.
The aim of this module is to provide you with a cohesive lecture and laboratory programme to enable you to become aware of mammalian molecular biology and genetics and to develop an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of clinical laboratory techniques used for diagnosis.
Introduction to Parasitology and Infectious Diseases
This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive lecture programme and directed reading, enabling you to gain knowledge and understanding of: the range of infectious diseases that impact on humans; the basic biology and life cycles of protozoa and helminths of medical importance; vectors that transmit infectious agents and the internal and external factors that affect transmission of infectious diseases.
Biological Research Skills
This module is designed to help you develop an ability to understand the basics of scientific research in the following areas in order to prepare you for future research based activity:
- critical evaluation of research-based literature
- understanding experimental techniques and design
- data interpretation, analysis and presentation
- dissertation writing and presentation
Microbial Communities and Interactions
This is a comprehensive lecture and practical course to emphasise the importance of microbial metabolic and genetic diversity. You will be able to describe the different ways in which microorganisms communicate and respond to their environments and will be introduced to concepts of pathogenicity and symbiosis and the virulence factors that contribute to disease.
Through this module you will develop an understanding of the pathophysiology of selected organ systems and of the principles of a range of diagnostic procedures, as well as allowing some diagnostic tests to be performed and others to be observed during hospital visits. It also provides the basis for understanding the pharmacological and complementary treatments of these conditions.
Human Systems Physiology
The aim of this module is to (1) provide knowledge of the fundamental physiological principles underlying the function required for life in humans, (2) provide fundamental knowledge of the function, control and regulation of each major human organ system from cell to whole-body level and (3) convey an understanding of what systems physiology is, and the systematic, practical and analytical approach required to understand and progress the field.
This module aims to provide you with a cohesive lecture programme and directed reading to enable you to gain a knowledge and understanding of: humans in evolutionary context, genetic markers and human migration; the Human Genome; genetic factors controlling development and epigenetic mechanisms of gene control; genetic diseases. You will also develop the skills required to write a substantive piece of academic writing on Human Genetics.
In year three there are a tailored set of modules appropriate to the degree plus the inclusion of a detailed project in the area of Human Biology and Infectious Disease. You can undertake a lab-based research project for 40 credits, your core module (Human Genetics) and three optional modules from the list below, or take a literature or data analysis project worth 20 credits, your core module (Human Genetics), plus four optional modules from the list below. A key feature of this year is the inclusion of tutorial based Professional Skills within the project to enhance your employability
Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
This module explores the ecology and transmission of human and animal infectious diseases and their management.
Biology of Parasites
This module looks at the importance of human and animal parasites, in relation to medical, veterinary or wildlife aspects, life-cycle biology, host response and the principles of parasite epidemiology and transmission. You will also study strategies for parasite detection, diagnosis and control. The module includes a unique field course to enable you to see parasites living in their natural environment.
This module looks at mammalian immunological mechanisms, and the roles played by T and B cells/Lymphokines in generating an immune response. It helps you develop an understanding of the genetics of antibody diversity, HIV pathogenesis and the current immunodiagnostic assays for infectious and non-infectious diseases.
Antimicrobial Resistance: Threats and Solutions
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now widely recognised as one of the greatest threats to global health. This module focuses on the reasons underlying the emergence of AMR and investigates diverse often innovative solutions to the crisis.
Advances In Pathophysiology
The aim of this module is to develop an advanced understanding of selected human physiological systems and to gain an understanding of how failure of these systems can contribute to disease.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
You will learn through a combination of:
- Practical classes
- Small group tutorials
- Research projects
- Guided reading
- Residential and day field courses
Typically modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around 40% of the marks. Though this can vary from module to module, for example certain modules are assessed entirely by coursework. Continuous assessment includes a research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year 2 (25%) and final year (75%) performances.
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.
We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.
We have also invested in dedicated undergraduate research project labs furnished with industry standard equipment such as cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR & FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, photometry, standard and confocal light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Having access to industry standard technology means that upon graduation, our students are fully prepared and equipped to enter the workplace.
What about after uni?
This degree is ideal for careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food & public health industries, health care, scientific innovation & sales, teaching in further and higher education and scientific communication. Many of our graduates have been employed by large organisations such as Cancer Research UK and AstraZeneca, both in the UK and internationally. Others have continued on to postgraduate study, either taught science Masters courses, research degrees or teaching qualifications, We have dedicated support schemes which aim to facilitate progression to research-based careers.
A degree in human biology and infectious diseases also aligns incredibly well to post-graduate entry medicine and dentistry. In recent years, our dedicated graduate entry medical school scheme has helped many of our graduates enter medical school by providing focused mentoring and support from their first year.
We encourage all students to undertake a placement year between years two and three of study. Placement years are arranged by the student with our support. Recent Human Biology and Infectious Diseases students have undertaken placements at the Wolfson Imaging Centre in Manchester, the Clinical Epidemiology unit at Manchester and at TSC Ltd in Heywood. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.
What you need to know
We are looking for applicants with a biology background who are motivated to specialise in the areas of human biology, public health, tropical disease and infection biology.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below
UCAS tariff points
96 - 112 UCAS points including A2 Biology grade C. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
104 - 112 UCAS points including A2 Biology grade C. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma
MMM - DMM including Biology
96-112 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Biology
Irish Leaving Certificate
96-112 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Biology
29 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology
Access to HE
QAA Approved - Pass with 96-112 UCAS points. To include specific subjects: Science - must include Biology. Applicants holding Nursing/Midwifery/Health Access courses - refer to tutor.
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£15,240per year|
|Part-time||2020/21||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money.
International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
All set? Let's apply!
Course ID BC15
Start this course in September. Call 0300 555 5030 to apply through Clearing.
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