Human Biology and Infectious Diseases with Foundation Year
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
To prepare you for our Human Biology and Infectious Diseases (HBID) degree, our foundation year provides the basic, but essential understanding of biological principles that underpin the field. It is ideal if you have an interest in human biology and infectious diseases or a desire to enter a related career but do not currently have the necessary scientific background. We aim to give you a solid foundation on which to build highly specialised and advanced expertise by providing the knowledge, practical and analytical skills required to confidently and effectively progress to study HBID at degree level.
Those who study our Royal Society of Biology accredited HBID degree seek to understand how the human body functions normally in health and abnormally in disease.
Underpinned by our cutting-edge research, HBID focuses on the detailed understanding of human anatomy and physiology, pathological processes and the biology, transmission and epidemiology of infectious disease. A major difference between HBID and Biomedical Science is rather than providing clinical context, we place more emphasis on the mechanistic knowledge required to understand how diseases spread then interact with the human body; essential for the development of new ways to treat and eradicate disease.
- Gain a broad, basic knowledge of biological principles to prepare you for more advanced study
- Develop a solid foundation on which to build highly specialised and advanced expertise by providing the knowledge, practical and analytical skills
This is for you if...
You want an excellent route into science for those from a non-scientific background
You are returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
You didn't meet the entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Human Biology and Infectious Diseases
All about the course
Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.
You'll start to understand the significance of the structure of atoms, their classification in the periodic table, chemical reactions and bonding to form organic and inorganic molecules and the importance of pH.
Take a hands-on approach to develop biological and chemical laboratory skills, practise environmental and fieldwork techniques, and apply scientific knowledge in the interpretation of results of experiments and surveys.
Develop life-long learning skills including techniques for self-assessment and reflection, written and verbal communication skills for meetings, debates and presentations.
Develop skills for application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective presentation and communication of data and ideas.
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Understand key ecological concepts, explore biogeography, appraise conservation techniques and consider priorities and issues in management of habitats and wildlife.
Explore the interactions of earth processes, geological structures and environmental functions, the use of resources e.g. fossil fuels including fracking and consider the differential impacts of a range of geological hazards – earthquakes, volcanic activity and rising sea levels.
Science for Health
Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.
Molecules to Microbes
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.
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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
This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.
We are looking for applicants with an interest in biology who are motivated to specialise in the areas of human biology, public health, tropical disease and infection biology.
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
64 UCAS points
64 UCAS points
BTEC National Diploma
Access to HE
64 UCAS points
64 UCAS points at Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 UCAS points at higher level
Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification
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||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
|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.
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Course ID BC50
Start this course in September. Call 0300 555 5030 to apply through Clearing.
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