Extensive opportunities for work placements in local hospitals and research labs
Brings together human aspects of bioscience with applied aspects of health sciences or knowledge of infectious diseases
Leads to careers in public health, international health and the pharmaceutical and food industries
This course focuses on human biology and the pathology, transmissions and epidemiology of infectious diseases affecting humans and animals. This is one of the few courses available outside 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 with excellent facilities.
In addition to studying a core Biology curriculum, you will study specialist modules such as Pathophysiology and Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
This course focuses on human biology and the pathology, transmissions and epidemiology of infectious diseases affecting humans and animals. This is one of the few courses available outside medicine that combines aspects of human human physiology, immunology and infectious diseases.
In year 3 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 and three optional modules from the list below, or take a literature or data analysis project worth 20 credits, your core module, 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
If you are studying part-time, you select two to four modules from each year of study, completing the rest of the modules for the year in the following year. This leads to a maximum six-year duration for a part-time degree. If studying part-time you do not have the placement option.
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.
|GCSE||English Language and Maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||96-112 points including A2 Biology. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.|
|GCE A level||96-112 points including A2 Biology. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.|
|BTEC National Diploma||MMM including Biology|
|Scottish Highers||96-112 points from Higher Level including an appropriate Science subject|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||96-112 points from Higher Level including an appropriate Science subject|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points with at least one science subject from Group 4|
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.
Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences school office to speak with the Admissions Tutor for this course: +44(0)161 295 4656
We are looking for applicants with a biology background who are motivated to specialise in the areas of public health, tropical disease and infection biology.
You will learn through a combination of:
Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years 1 and 2 and up to a half in year 3. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year 2 (25%) and year 3 (75%) performances.
This degree is ideal for careers in biomedicine, sports science, health care, health promotion, pharmaceutical and food industries and forensic science, both in the UK and internationally. Many of our students continue onto postgraduate taught and research degree courses.
This degree is ideal for careers in biomedicine, sports science, health care, health promotion, pharmaceutical and food industries and forensic science, both in the UK and internationally.
Many of our students continue onto postgraduate taught and research degree courses. Our graduates become employed in bioscience with companies such as AstraZeneca, research establishments such as the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, or carry on to further study within six months of finishing the course.
Yvette Merga - 2004 graduate
Yvette went on to Masters level study at Salford, a PhD at Liverpool and is now working as a research scientist on an EU-funded project on food-borne infection.
“I really enjoyed my time at Salford Uni, and I feel that the Human Biology and Infectious Diseases course provided me with very interesting and useful knowledge about public health, infectious diseases and microbiology from experts in these fields, which other biology degrees simply don’t offer, as well as many transferable skills essential for a variety of careers. It gave me a great background from which to start my career as a research scientist.”
We encourage all of our students to take up an additional industrial placement year, which we will help to arrange, between years 2 and 3 of the full-time course, making a four-year course overall. In many cases this can be a salaried position with a major company or have financial support linked to a public health laboratory or hospital (such as the Respiratory Physiology Unit at the Royal Aintree Hospital in Liverpool).
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.
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.
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. You will arrange your placement with our support.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year
Up to six years part-time