BSc in Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology



The Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BSc degree programme offers you an opportunity to explore and integrate the biological and behavioural sciences and learn how they contribute to our understanding of the evolution, structure, function, development and behaviour of our species.



Key benefits

           Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education

           89% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015)

           Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers

           One of the UK's best graduate employment rates

           Career opportunities through international exchanges


Required grades:

·       AAB

·       Required subjects

·       Chemistry and Biology

·       Preferred subjects

·       Physics and Maths

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking Newcastle - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking Newcastle are not accepted by Newcastle's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits. 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must include Chemistry and Biology. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.


Cambridge Pre-U3 Pre-U: Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAABB at Higher, and AB at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and Biology.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.


Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.


Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, ma Newcastle the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.


General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. Newcastle’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.



Are interviews offered? Yes.

Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at Newcastle’s.

Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the form.

What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

We welcome applications from students with A-levels or equivalent qualifications from the UK, EU and other countries. Before you apply, you may wish to attend a pre-application open day, usually held throughout the year. All applicants who receive an offer from us will have an opportunity to visit the School, either for interview or at a post-offer open day.

Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BSc


Course detail Description


Newcastle's is one of the few universities offering an Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BSc. The Programme provides an opportunity for students to explore and to integrate the anatomy of the body with cutting edge research in embryological research, evolution and human biology.  Through this our students appreciate how human structure and function are a product of biological mechanisms that are being actively explored in rapidly advancing interlinked fields of scientific investigation.


This Programme forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ programmes within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise: Anatomy, Development & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Having successfully completed year one, students can change to any other Programme within this suite. Students can also apply to transfer to one of our 4 Year MSci programmes: Biochemistry MSci; Human Physiology MSci; Neuroscience MSci; Pharmacology MSci; Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci.


In the final year there is an opportunity to carry out advanced experimental laboratory work in areas such as developmental biology, cell biology, neuroscience or reproductive neuroendocrinology.


Learning and assessment


Teaching takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The emphasis gradually shifts from supported learning and help in adjusting to university life towards self-directed learning.


To see a breakdown of the time spent in lectures, seminars or similar for this course, and the methods students are assessed by, please visit the Unistats website.


The study time and assessment methods detailed on the Unistats website are typical and give a good indication of what to expect, however overall teaching and assessment methods vary by module. Our students have access to a module database at the beginning of each year which details the teaching and assessment methods for each module.


Faculty teaching staff generally have a minimum PhD qualification.  Postgraduate research students studying towards a PhD in a relevant discipline will on occasions assist in the delivery of teaching sessions, for example by acting as demonstrators in practical classes or leading revision tutorial sessions.


This programme conforms to the Higher Education Credit Framework for England. During an academic year students will study 120 credits, equating to 1200 notional hours of learning.



Core teaching takes place at Guy’s and Waterloo campuses. Depending on optional modules chosen, teaching may also take place at other London campuses of the university.


The School of Bioscience Education offers students unrivalled education resources, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities. You can read more about specialist facilities on the School of Bioscience Education webpages.


For information on university-wide facilities, such as libraries and student services, on our Facilities & Support webpages.


Integrated Pharmacology & Physiology for Research MSci


During year 3 students can apply to transfer to the MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research. Students who transfer onto this 4 year programme will be required to take a 90 credit research project usually at an external industrial provider during their fourth year.


Please find below an indication of what modules will be offered. Newcastle’s College reviews its modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. Please check here for updates.



Required Modules


·       Biochemistry

·       Chemistry of the Biosciences

·       Genetics & Molecular Biology

·       Cell Biology & Neuroscience

·       Human Form and Function

·       Fundamentals of Pharmacology

·       Skills for the Biosciences


Optional Modules


All first year modules are compulsory


Students take the core modules outlined plus options depending on the pathway chosen.


Required Modules


·       Structural Basis of Human Function

·       Essentials of Embryology

·       Plus one of the following:

·       Human & Molecular Genetics A/B

·       Tissue Pathology

·       Cell Biology A/B

·       Gene Cloning and Expression A/B







Optional Modules

Options include:

Drug Discovery & Development

Endocrinology & Reproduction

Human Nutrition

Immune System in Health & Disease

Medical Microbiology

Molecular Medicine


Neuroscience and the Mind

Physiological Control: Exercise & Environment

Physiology & Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System

Psychology 1

Social Impact of the Biosciences


Students are required to take an Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology Project or a Laboratory Project, plus optional modules.


Required Modules


Projects, such as

Experimental Project in Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology

Laboratory Research Project in Neuroscience


Optional Modules

Options include:


Advanced Human Anatomy

Behavioural Science

Biology of Cancer

Cellular Basis of Disease

Developmental Neurobiology

Experimental Developmental Biology


Career prospects

Graduates from the School of Bioscience Education are equipped with a variety of transferable skills including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation skills and teamwork. Our graduates are well-qualified to undertake a wide range of careers or training for a higher degree such as an MSc or PhD.


Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:


Research project co-ordinators

Food scientists

Company managers

Business analysts

Scientific copy editors

Further study has included:


·       Medicine MBBS

·       Dentistry BDS


MSc, MRes and PhD courses in subjects including pharmaceutical sciences, cardiovascular pharmacology and biomedical research

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