University Of Glasgow Biology

University Of Glasgow Biology

Human Biology explores the scientific principles that underlie investigations into the function of the human body from a molecular and cellular level to a whole-body level. It examines the way in which the body works in health, during normal healthy ageing and disease.



Biological Sciences at Glasgow is ranked second in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2017).



You will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.


In semester 1, you will develop your knowledge of fundamental aspects of biology. In semester 2, you will be introduced to specialist subject areas according to your interests (e.g. animal biology; biomolecular sciences; human biology; infection biology).

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

YEARS 3, 4 AND 5

Human Biology provides a wide-ranging approach to complement the traditional Anatomy, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology degree programmes. It integrates the traditional material with newly developed classes which allow students to develop their graduate attributes.

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4), you will take courses which allow you to develop a broad understanding of human biology through the study of the anatomy and physiology of body systems, and the assessment of cardiovascular and respiratory function, as well as introductory nutrition. The laboratory component is well supported and students work in small groups in recently refurbished laboratories. One distinctive feature is the use of problem-based learning to supplement the more traditional aspects of the course and mini projects.

Students who progress to year 4 choose four advanced Honours option courses as well as an Advanced Studies course. Each option course lasts for five weeks and gives the opportunity to study those topics in greater depth. The Advanced Studies component is distinctive from other courses in that it has an underlying theme of using quantitative techniques to analyse scientific, managerial and financial aspects of biological science problems. This involves understanding the profit and loss accounts of biotechnology companies, comprehending and reporting concisely on research directions within a field of enquiry and recommending courses of action stemming from data analysis. All year 4 students undertake an independent research project.