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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.
85% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2014)
Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers.
One of the UK's best graduate employment rates.
Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.
UCAS code B150
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Anatomy
Chemistry and Biology
Physics and Maths
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
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-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.
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.
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.
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: 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. 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 King’s.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.
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.
Application deadline: January 15th 2016
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
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.
Faculty teaching staff generally have a minimum PhD qualification. Post graduate 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.
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.
Across the three years of the programme, an average of 24% of time is spent in lecturers, seminars or similar. Number and type of contact hours will vary according to each module. Students have access to a module database at the beginning of each year which details number and type of contact hours for each module (course).
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.
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. A second-year compulsory subject 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.
Overall assessment methods vary by module (course). Students have access to a module database at the beginning of each year which details assessment methods for each module
Year 1: 81% written examinations, 9% coursework, 10% practical- based assessment
Year 2: 72% written examinations, 15% coursework, 13% practical- based assessment
Year 3: 68% written examinations, 26% coursework, 6% practical- based assessment
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
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.
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.
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.
This programme forms part of the suite of 'Common Year One' programmes within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise: Anatomy, Development & Human Biology; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics; Neuroscience; Pharmacology and Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Having successfully completed year one, students can change to any other programme within the suite of biosciences. 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.
'Common Year One'
During Year 1, students have the option of applying to Study Abroad to spend their second year studying at one of our partner institutions
Students take the core modules outlined, plus options depending on the pathway chosen.
Plus one of the following:
Depending on the pathway chosen, options include:
During year 2, students have the option to apply to take an Extra Mural Year, which involves spending their third year in an industrial or other work environment, therefore extending their degree programme by a year. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Students pay a reduced tuition fee while on placement. Other associated costs (e.g travel or living expenses) will be met by the student though some providers may give assistance.
Students who transfer to the integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci will be required to take a 90 credit research project on an external industrial provider within the UK. A contribution by the university is given to cover living costs up to a maximum of £2000.
Programmes incorporating Extra Mural Year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
Students are required to take a project, plus optional modules.
Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology project or a Laboratory project, such as:
Other options include:
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• Carer, NHS• Editorial post, Future Science Group• Employer Engagement Officer, Society of Biology• Graduate Intern, Grey London• Internship, Age UK• Marketing Executive, Solaris• Nursing Assistant, Pulse Bank, University College London Hospital• Optical Consultant, Boots
'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.'
Dr Ian McFadzean, Dean of Bioscience Education, and Professor Roger Morris discuss the undergraduate programmes offered by King's College London. Biochemistry student Maria Anghel offers a student view on life at King's.
Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)**
For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.
*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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