Functional Human Biology provides a broad, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the science of health and disease.
You will have the opportunity to pursue this fascinating topic at undergraduate (Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences), postgraduate (Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours), and research level (Master of Biomedical Sciences).
The BBiomedSc degree allows you to pursue a flexible programme of study that equips you with a comprehensive grounding in the principles and ideas that underpin current biomedical science.
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Why study Functional Human Biology?
The key answer is because you are interested in, and motivated by, the science that will allow us to improve human health. Our Functional Human Biology students have a reputation for excellence and are sought-after by a wide range of employers both here in New Zealand and overseas.
Ultimately human health depends on the correct functioning of the cells, tissues and organ systems of the body. Understanding disease, in turn, rests upon knowledge of the pathological processes on these systems.
This major provides an overview of the functional mechanisms of the multiple systems in the human body and explores specific areas in depth with a research-informed focus.
Your working life might begin with an innovative biotechnology company or with a more established company in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, or agricultural sectors.
Alternatively, you might be employed by a research institute, in a university, government agency or local authority and use the scientific skills you have learned during your studies to provide policy, technical, or diagnostic advice.
A significant number of our BBiomedSc graduates are also successful in obtaining PhD positions or gaining postgraduate entry into professional health programmes such as Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy.
Is the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) degree different from a Bachelor of Science (BSc)?
Yes. The BBiomedSc allows you to retain an interdisciplinary diversity throughout your three years of study.
In the final year of a BSc, most students are required to take four 300-level papers in their major subject. In contrast, final-year BBiomedSc students have the opportunity to select two of their required papers from outside their major.
Throughout your university studies, advice will be available to help you structure your programme of study.
It is often possible, for example, to switch between a BSc and BBiomedSc degree.
How do I structure my BBiomedSc degree?
Most students enter the BBiomedSc programme having successfully completed Health Sciences First Year (HSFY), although it is also possible to enrol in a BBiomedSc from the start of your studies.
While the interdisciplinary nature of Biomedical Sciences is the key feature of our degree, we aim to ensure that you obtain a coherent programme of study by selecting one of our specific majors.
The BBiomedSc majoring in Functional Human Biology incorporates a greater diversity of study than the equivalent BSc.
Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages:
- Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc)
- Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons))
- Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBiomedSc)
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) majoring in Functional Human Biology
|1st year|| |
BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry
CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1
HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2
PHSI 191 Biological Physics
18 further points
|2nd year|| |
PHSL 231 Neurophysiology
PHSL 232 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
PHSL 233 Cellular, Gastrointestinal and Renal Physiology
18 further points
|3rd year|| |
PHSL 343 Cellular and Epithelial Physiology
PHSL 345 Physiological Aspects of Health and Disease
36 further points
*Further information will be available for these papers in early September.