Please note: You will take 120 credits of modules in each year of study. The modules listed on the website for this programme will be regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2022. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules; in this event, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Introduction to Human Sciences at Birmingham - Introduction to the Human Sciences Programme at the University of Birmingham and the associated research, teaching and learning environment strengths within the college of Life and Environmental Sciences.
Global Environmental Issues A - Assess the difficulties in distinguishing human impacts from natural environmental changes, and examines a number of specific environmental issues .
Global Environmental Issues B - Assess the difficulties in distinguishing human impacts from natural environmental changes, and examines a number of specific environmental issues .
Personal and Academic Development in Human Sciences - A key element of this module will be that all students will read a popular science book selected by the students during semester one. The book content will shape tutorials throughout the semester.
Ecological Concepts and Plant Sciences - As plants are key to shaping our environment the course fosters an understanding of the biology of higher plants with emphasis on plant physiology structure/function relationships, developmental processes and the exploitation of plants by humans.
Sport, Exercise and Health Psychology - This module will explore the individual and social environmental factors that underlie participation and performance in physical activity contexts.
Cognitive Psychology - Comprehensive coverage of key areas of cognitive psychology, with a focus on perception, attention, memory and language.
Cities in Transition - This module introduces students to some of the key processes of socio-economic change shaping the fortunes of cities in Britain, Europe and North America.
Genetics I - Covers molecular genetics (the study of the physico-chemical nature of genes and how they work) and transmission genetics (the study of how genes and the characters they determine are shuffled into new combinations and passed from individual to individual).
Exploring Experimental Environments - Spend one or two days with a research group from each of the four schools in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and explores how leading experimental research facilities at the University are helping advance our knowledge and understanding of human impacts on the environment.
Data Science for Brain and Behaviour 1 - The module will provide an introduction to data science principles and techniques for undergraduate students studying psychology.
Cultural and Development Geographies - Focus will be on concepts and practices of development geography and cultural and historical geographies of the city.
Environmental Pollution and Management - This module will introduce the main environmental pollutants and consider how they are transferred within and between various media and how they interact with biota to constitute an environmental risk.
Evolution of Humans and Other Animals - Practicals to give you experience of handling and interpreting fossil material, particularly Mesozoic reptiles and great apes, including early hominins.
Microbiology: Medicine, Industry & Environment - In this module you will learn about how microorganisms impact on humans, both in the context of health and disease and by looking at how humans have exploited microorganisms
Language and Communication - Examine how language and communication develops through the lifespan, how it is supported by the brain, and what happens when we acquire a different form of communication (e.g. when learning a second language).
Introduction to Social and Differential Psychology - You will be introduced to some of the key theories and contemporary research in the field of differential psychology.
Alpine and Glacial Ecology in Norway - This module is a field course based in Finse, Norway. Six days are spent in the field observing habitats typical of the Low alpine region
Environmental Human Geography - This module provides a foundation in environmental human geography.
Urban Policy Design and Planning Analysis - Four key issues are explored: evaluating policy contexts, designing policy/planning processes, analysing and evaluating policy outcomes, and surveying different policy/planning instruments.
Critical Issues for 21st Century Ecosystems - An opportunity for you to experience research-led teaching, as the themes taught in the module are directly related to core College research themes.
Cell and Developmental Biology - Development of multicellular organisms will be analysed from the regulation of stem cell function to the differentiation of organs.
Human Structure and Function - Having completed this challenging and diverse module, you will have a broad appreciation of the structure of the human body, and how this relates to its function and evolutionary origin.
Social and Cognitive Development - You will be introduced to the study of social and cognitive development, through an exploration of theory and research that examines how the self and relationships develop from infancy through to adolescence.
Genetics II - This module will show how classical and molecular genetics are used to determine the organisation of genes and genomes, and to investigate how genetic differences arise and are transmitted from generation to generation.
Students enrolled on the MSci programme undertake either
(i) A literature-based project leading to a novel research project proposal (40 credits), or
(ii) The entrepreneurial skills and start up modules (60 credits in total that includes a literature based research project)
Students must then select the appropriate number of additional optional modules to make up 120 credits suitably balanced over semester one and two.
Embodiment and the Carceral - This module introduces notions around carcerality and migrant detention within the context of broader questions of embodiment.
Geographies of Childhood and Education - The module will draw on contemporary research projects, literature and academic and policy debates about the socio-spatial lives of children and the educational spaces in which they spend much of their lives.
Geographies of the Global South - Mid- to low-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America/the Caribbean make up two-thirds of the world's population. These are countries that are diverse, dynamic and above all, fascinating!
Exercise as Medicine - This module examines how exercise can be used to enhance psychological and physiological health in different (clinical) populations.
Brain Health Across the Lifespan - Learn about, Age-related changes in cognition, Structural and functional brain changes, Influences of lifestyle factors and interventions and Pathological ageing and age-related diseases.
Higher Cognitive Functions in Children, Adults and Non-human Animals - You will explore studies examining three topics (time, causality and theory of mind) in three different participant groups (children, adults, and non-human animals).
Cellular Neurobiology - This module examines current views/models of neuronal function, intercommunication and neural development, based upon recent anatomical, genetic, molecular and advanced physiological techniques.
Conservation Practice: Genes to Ecosystems - The course examines the scientific basis for conservation, its genetic foundation, why population size is critical and how biodiversity is maintained either in nature or at a backup location.
Climate change in the Earth System - This module will introduce the key aspects of this system, building an appreciation of the uncertainties and complexities in the projections of global climate and climate impacts
Sport and Mental Health - The aim of this module is to examine how the culture and pressures of competitive sport contributes to poor mental health and the specific risk factors faced by elite athletes, coaches, and sport officials.
Metabolic Perspectives in Exercise and Nutrition - This module will present current, cutting edge research to offer students the opportunity to explore metabolic perspectives in exercise and nutrition
Adolescence: Mind and brain - Recently, research has shown evidence that during adolescence, there are also changes in cognitive abilities (e.g. social cognition), and in their basis in the brain. Potentially, this research has implications for understanding phenomena such as the onset of mental illness during adolescence and early adulthood.
Politics of Environment - This module examines the political challenges surrounding environmental policy in contemporary developed and developing societies, alongside the theoretical and practical tools and skills used in their resolution.
Current developments and advances in Eukaryotic Genetics - Study the dynamics of chromosome organisation during mitosis and meiosis; how chromosome variation is related to ageing, cancer and genome instability and chromosome evolution.
The Masters year, is devoted to developing research competence through a multi-faceted teaching and research programme. The central element to help you to achieve competence in research is the research project, which extends over both semesters of the year and which takes up about two thirds of the work effort. MSci students negotiate their own project in discussion with staff in the areas that interest them. You will join one of our many research groups, providing the fascinating opportunity to experience research first hand and to contribute to current research projects.
Extended Research Project
Research Developments and Scientific Communication