Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology

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BSc

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Full Time

| UCAS code: B150
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.
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers.
  • One of the UK's best graduate employment rates.
UCAS code
B150
Programme type
Single honours
Duration
Three years
Location
Guy's Campus
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
School of Biomedical Sciences
Department of Anatomy
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
King’s College London
Capital House
Guy’s Campus
London SE1 3QD
Email
Tel
020 7848 7966/7967
Fax
020 7848 6510


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION
King'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 biological and behavioural sciences, the aim being to appreciate how they contribute to our understanding of the evolution, structure, function, development and behaviour of our own species.

To achieve this aim, our degree programme involves study of the core biological and medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, genetics, biochemistry, evolution and developmental biology). You may also choose from a wide range of modules that reflect our teaching expertise, including neuroscience, cell biology, reproduction and human development.

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. 

We place a strong emphasis on the communication of your knowledge and understanding of the subject, by way of essays, including an extended formal report on laboratory or library projects, and seminars.


ABOUT THE Department of Anatomy

CAREERS
The career market for our graduates is buoyant, with an extraordinary range of final destinations, ranging from PhD and MSc programmes, management trainee programmes, scientific journalism and publishing, forensic science, and the scientific civil service as well as health service administration. The Anatomy, Developmental & Human Sciences degree also offers an excellent preparation for graduate entry into medicine or dentistry, and each year a substantial number of our graduates are accepted on to five-year or accelerated MBBS or BDS programmes. Recent graduates have found employment as…. • Administrator, Nuffield Hospital • Editorial post, Future Science Group • Graduate Intern, Grey London • Internship, Age UK • Marketing Executive, Solaris

TEACHING STYLE
A mixture of teaching styles is used, including lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Staff research strengths lie particularly in developmental biology and neuroscience, and this emphasis is reflected in our teaching.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Our degree programme encourages students to explore and to integrate the biological and behavioural sciences. The aim is to appreciate how sciences contribute to our understanding of the evolution, structure, function, development and behaviour of our own species. To achieve this aim, our programme involves study of the core biological and medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, evolutionary and developmental biology). After studying the core subjects in the first year, students can opt for a wider range of options in the second and third years. Second-year compulsory subjects include Structural Basis of Human Function, a chance to learn human anatomy by dissection (an opportunity which is not available at all universities which teach anatomy, developmental and human biology, even those with medical schools). Students can also choose from a wide variety of optional modules. In the third year, students complete a compulsory library or experimental project, and choose from a further range of optional modules, dependent on the pathway selected.

LOCATION
Our modern, well-funded laboratories cater for the full range of programmes on offer. As a large multi-faculty university, we have excellent social and sporting facilities, but a key attraction is our central London location. Our three campuses along the River Thames are located in the cultural and social heart of the capital and offer our students the opportunity to explore art galleries, theatres, museums, markets, restaurants and cafés.

 

Currently, students study the following core modules. If there are optional modules available, a selection of current possibilities are also shown. King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes, and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates or contact the School/department for further advice. All courses are 15 credits unless indicated otherwise.

YEAR 1

In common with all of the BSc programmes in the School of Biomedical Sciences, students take compulsory modules in the core biomedical science disciplines.



YEAR 1 CORE

Modules cover biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, cell and tissue structure and function, statistics and issues related to the practice of science, including ethics and communication.



YEAR 2
Students take the core modules outlined plus options depending on the pathway chosen.

YEAR 2 CORE
  • Structural Basis of Human Function 
  • Essentials of Embryology

and one of the following:

  • Human & Molecular Genetics A 
  • Cell & Tissue Pathology 
  • Cell Biology A 


YEAR 2 OPTIONS
Options include:

  • Drug Discovery & Development
  • Endocrinology & Reproduction
  • Gene Cloning & Expression
  • Human Nutrition
  • Immune System in Health & Disease
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neuroscience 
  • Neuroscience and the Mind
  • Physiological Control: Exercise & Environment
  • Physiology & Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System
  • Psychology 1
  • Social Impact of the Biosciences


YEAR 3
Students are required to take a project, plus optional modules.

YEAR 3 CORE
Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology Project or a Laboratory Project, such as:

  • Special Study Course in Experimental Anatomy or
  • Laboratory Research Project in Neurosciences


YEAR 3 OPTIONS
Optional modules include:

  • Advanced Human Anatomy 
  • Behavioural Science
  • Biology of Cancer 
  • Cellular Basis of Disease
  • Developmental Neurobiology 
  • Experimental Developmental Biology
  • Mechanisms of Development 
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Oral Biology 
  • Reproductive Physiology
  • Principles of Neurobiological Research

Other options include:

  • Biology of Ageing
  • Cellular Basis of Drug Dependence
  • Genes, Genetic Disease & Gene Therapy
  • Immunology of Human Disease
  • Medical & Cancer Genetics
  • Pharmacology of Neurological & Psychological Disorders
  • Cellular & Systems Neuroscience 
  • Topics in Regenerative Medicine

Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology students may also opt for other module packages including Psychology, Maternal & Fetal Health, Human Genetics, and Oral and Craniofacial Biology.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
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Belgium
Certificat D
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Brazil
Brazil
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Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
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Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
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Chile
Chile
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China
Gao Kao (University Entrance Examination)
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Cyprus
Apolytirion
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Czech Republic
Maturita

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Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen

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Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

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Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
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France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
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Germany
Abitur

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Ghana
School Leaving Certificate

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Greece
Apolytirion

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

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Hungary
Erettsegi

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India
School Leaving Certificate
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Iran
School Leaving Certificate
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Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)
A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 including Chemistry and Biology at A grade.


Italy
Esame di Stato
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Japan
School Leaving Certificate
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Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
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Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
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Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
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Malaysia
Malaysia
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Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
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Mexico
Mexico
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Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
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Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
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New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
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Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
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Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
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Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
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Poland
Matura
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Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
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Romania
School Leaving Certificate
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Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
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Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
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Singapore
Singapore A Level
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Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
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Slovenia
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
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South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
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Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
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Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
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Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
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Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
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United Kingdom
Compulsory subjects
Chemistry and Biology
Preferred subjects
Physics, Maths
A levels
AAB to include a minimum of two subjects from: Chemistry, Biology, Maths or Physics. At least one of these must be Chemistry or Biology (and, if only one, you must have AS grade in the other subject).



General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King'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-U
3 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)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma in Applied Sciences with DDD considered if offered in combination with A-Level grade B in one of: Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics and 5 GCSEs or overseas equivalent including English Language, Maths and Science at Grade B or above.




Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers
AAABB at Higher and AB at Advanced Higher. Advanced Highers should include at least two subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Physics of which at least one must be Chemistry or Biology (and if only one, you must have Higher grade A in the other subject.)


International Baccalaureate
Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include a minimum of two subjects afrom Chemistry, Biology, Maths or Physics: and of which at least one must be Chemistry of Biology.If only one of Chemistry of Biology taken at HL, you must have grade 6SL in the other subject. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.


European Baccalaureate
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USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
See our Entry Requirements for applicants  from the USA and/or Advanced Placement qualifications. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required

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, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.
General activities/interests
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. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.
Interviewing
Are interviews offered? Yes.
Are all applicants interviewed? No. Only applicants who may be borderline or from a non-traditional educational background may be called for interview.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form.
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff.
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

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 in July. 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. These events take place between January and April and give you the opportunity to ask questions about studying at King’s. If you would like a personal discussion with a staff member about your career aspirations and interests in biomedical science, please contact the Health Schools Admissions Centre in advance to make an appointment.

Student profiles

Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BSc
I applied to King’s after attending the open day because it was the first University where I felt truly inspired and welcome. The combination of an attractive campus amidst the excitement of central London, alongside enthusiastic lecturers and a world-class reputation made it an obvious choice. Human Sciences appealed specifically as it provides a wide knowledge platform in the first year, followed by the freedom to tailor your studies to your personal interests. Additionally, King’s gives the rare opportunity to do human dissection and incorporate foreign language modules alongside scientific studies.

Importantly, King’s offers an extensive range of social clubs and activities. I spent the first two years in the University of London Air Squadron - few people can say they had the chance to learn to fly and talk to the Princess Royal while at University! There’s plenty to do in London too: from great nightlife, to being in a TV show audience, there’s something for any budget.

Last summer I was awarded a studentship, enabling me to work in one of the King’s research laboratories. Few Universities encourage students to take part in such innovative and clinically relevant research, and it has motivated me to apply to do a PhD.

Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BSc
'King's reputation for the sciences definitely precedes it. King's is a university that is well known for its academic successes and rates very highly in university league tables. King's also presented itself as a friendly university with a wide variety of sports clubs and societies, which appealed to me greatly. Everyone here at King's is really helpful. My lecturers and tutors are amazing. If I don't understand something they will go out of their way to ensure that I fully understand their answer to my question.'