Human Biology and Behaviour - BSc (Hons) Program By University of Kent |Top Universities

University of Kent

Canterbury campus, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree BSc
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep

Do you want to know more about humans – how we evolved? Our anatomy and physiology? How we have sex and reproduce? Our hormones? Our behaviour? Our skeletons? What happens when we die?


As a Human Biology and Behaviour student at Kent you can study human evolution, human physiology and anatomy, skeletal biology and functional anatomy, psychology and behaviour of humans and non-human primates, and forensic anthropology. This unique and exciting course explores what it means to be human, equipping you with a suite of transferable skills and advanced training in research methods that prepares you to be strongly competitive for employment opportunities or for further study.

Typical questions you may explore include: Why is sex enjoyable? Why is there skin colour variation in humans? Can we detect human ovulation? How is behaviour dependent on anatomy? Where and how did humans evolve? Do monkeys have language? What are friends for (and why do we sometimes fall out with them)? How does your nervous system work? How does disease affect the body? What parallels can we drawn between human biology and that of apes and monkeys? Do ‘natural-born athletes’ really exist? How can we tell a person’s age at death just from their bones? When and where did Neanderthals and humans interbreed?

This course appeals to those with an academic background or interest in Human Biology, Biology, Medicine, Psychology, Anthropology, or Zoology (amongst others) or those working towards a career in science journalism and communication, museum work, conservation (especially primate conservation), forensic science, health care, and archaeology. Many of our students also go on to postgraduate study, and our graduates are well placed to apply for postgraduate entry into medical school.

The course is part of the Division of Human and Social Sciences, and the School of Anthropology and Conservation. We offer a friendly and cosmopolitan learning community with students from over 70 different nationalities and 45% of staff from outside the UK. You are taught by enthusiastic academics at the forefront of their fields, including experts in human sexuality and forensics, leading primatologists, and a team who excel in skeletal biology, anatomy and palaeoanthropology.

Our degree programme

The first year modules provide you with a broad background in human biology and behaviour. You explore the foundations of biological anthropology learning about human evolution and adaptation, and you will also be introduced to fundamental aspects of human biology and psychology. In addition, you take a module where you acquire the necessary academic and practical skills for undergraduate study. Optional modules in human physiology and anthropology, among others, are available to you

In your second year, you take modules in subjects such as: human sexuality and reproductive biology, cultural evolution, and human skeletal biology, that develop your specialised knowledge and skills, alongside a dedicated research-skills module. You can choose further modules from a range of options which cover human physiology and disease, comparative anatomy, hormones and behaviour, forensic anthropology, primate behaviour, and psychology.

In the third year, in addition to optional module choices that allow you to shape your own degree, every student conducts an independent research project under expert supervision that includes data collection and analysis, as well as taking a final-year degree- specific ‘capstone’ module that brings together the multiple strands of this innovative course.

About University

Kent is one of the UK’s leading universities, we offer you outstanding teaching, world-leading research, safe and welcoming study locations, and a superb student experience. We offer a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, exciting study abroad and year in industry opportunities, summer schools, and a generous scholarship fund including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence and dedicated scholarships for international students. The UK’s European university, Kent has beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels

With a student body representing over 157 nationalities you can have fun on a global scale. Take part in Worldfest, Europe Day and celebrate events such as Holi, Thanksgiving, Chinese New year and more. Your international student experience will be completely unique and will equip you for every aspect of your life and career. 

Apply now to join our world and start building your future.

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Safe, Study, Social

At Kent, we’re working hard to keep our students and our staff safe. Our Safe, Study, Social ethos outlines our approach to ensuring that everyone is able to live and work on campus safely. Visit Safe, Study, Social to find out about the safety measures that we have in place, in study areas, our accommodation and other shared spaces; we update these regularly in line with current guidance.

We know that university is about more than just studying, which is why we are also encouraging people to safely socialise. Both of our campuses offer expansive outdoor spaces – we have spacious greens throughout Canterbury and open waterfronts in Medway. We have a sports centre, a cinema, a number of cafés and restaurants and are championing socially distanced outdoor activities such as outdoor cinema. 

A successful future

We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students. We do this through employability-focused degrees, internship opportunities, our award-winning careers advisory service, and a range of extra-curricular opportunities to boost your CV and develop your employability skills. 

  • Step up and stand out

From our wide range of industry placements to our Hub for Innovation and Enterprise, you have lots of opportunities to develop real-world skills so that you can stand out from the competition and secure your dream job 

  • Award-winning careers service

The university’s award-winning Careers and Employability Service and students’ unions help students enhance their transferable skills, gain relevant work experience, get first-hand insight into graduate careers and, through curricular and co-curricular activities, develop key graduate attributes that top employers are looking for.

Services offered by Careers and Employability include visits from graduates and employers, an annual Employability Festival, one-to-one careers advice and jobs fairs

  • Academic support 

Our dedicated colleagues in all academic schools can provide you with individual advice and guidance on a wide range of careers 

Join our successful graduates

Our alumni form part of a global network of more than 180,000 former students from 189 countries.

Academic excellence

All of our academic schools produce world-class research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 elite Russell Group universities. Because our academics are engaged in high level research as well as teaching, you study with some of the most influential thinkers in your field. If you don’t yet have the required qualifications or level of English language, we offer flexible pre-sessional courses and the International Foundation Programme to enable you to progress to your chosen degree. Free English lessons are also available during your studies.

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