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Introduction

Human Biosciences encompasses some of the most rapidly changing and dynamic areas of biology and medicine.  This programme enables you to better understand the scientific basis of global health challenges and to be able to contribute towards finding solutions.

 

I worked as an intern in a laboratory at the University of Hong Kong during the summer holiday. I discovered my interest in research and wish to develop my career in this field. Coventry University programmes offered by SHAPE enable students to obtain a degree certification within a year.  With the help of the Coventry University, I am sure my goals could be accomplished.

Jephthah Cheung
BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences
Coventry University Student Ambassador


 

Programme Features

High ranking
Coventry University is ranked 8th for Health Professions in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2022).

Independent Research Project
You will have the opportunity to undertake challenging lab and non-lab based independent research projects, dealing with important life science research questions; for example, the antimicrobial activity of essential oils, cinnamon and ginger against drug-resistant clinical pathogens or the effect of sleep deprivation on physiological and mental health in healthy young adults.

Local practitioner insights
Lecturers with rich industry experience and guest speakers from professional bodies will share their local industry insights with students. 

Career Prospects
Our graduates are highly sought-after in the industry, over 91% graduates in 2021 were employed within 6 months upon graduation. Many of them have been employed as Research Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Clinical Laboratory Assistant, etc. by prominent companies/institutions such as LKS Faculty of Medicine of University of Hong Kong, BGI Group and Prenetics.


 

Modules

Metabolic Non-Communicable Disease

This module aims to discuss the major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide result from non-communicable disease (NCD). In this module, current research approaches to dissect and understand the mechanisms underlying the development of these conditions are discussed, including the impact of lifestyle choices and behaviours.

Infectious Disease: Present and Future Challenges

This module focuses on the varied infectious disease challenges that affect human populations in different communities worldwide. It discusses the epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging diseases, the increasing problems of healthcare acquired infection, the rise of antibiotic resistance and strategies to counter this. It will also consider the continuing global burden of neglected tropical diseases. This module relates to Goal 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the target to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable disease.

Multimorbidity: An Emerging Health Challenge

Within this modules you will consider the biological factors that lead to common non communicable diseases typical of urbanised populations, and the global incidence and challenges presented by infectious disease. A key area of health concern currently is the rise in cases of multimorbidity, where an individual suffers from two or more long standing chronic conditions which frequently interact to produce complex scenarios.

Data Analysis using SPSS

This module aims to introduce students to SPSS and give them both the skills and confidence to use it competently and professionally for data analysis. SPSS is a statistical software package which is widely used in local authorities, universities and business. The module will be taught through demonstrations and hands-on workshops. In these, students will explore a wide variety of data sets gaining practice in using SPSS for data entry and manipulation, exploratory data analysis, the creation of professional charts and tables, and the production of appropriate summary statistics. In addition, the concept of hypothesis testing will be explored using basic statistical tests.

Research Design for Human Biosciences

In this module, students will prepare for their final-year research project. The module will support students through the process of defining their research question, planning their experiments and considering the most appropriate data analysis methods. The module will enhance skills in literature searching, experimental design, scientific writing, data processing and statistical analysis. Students will be required to submit their proposal for ethical and health and safety approval and to address key aspects of project management and logistics.

Biology of Human Ageing

This module focuses on the cellular and molecular changes that occur during the human lifespan with a focus on particular processes associated with ageing. Changes in the ability of tissues to regenerate, cellular and DNA damage, circadian rhythm and hormonal alterations and aberrant protein folding resulting in disease phenotypes are considered.

Genomics, Disease and Personalised Therapy

This module will consider the impact of genomic knowledge and advances in genomic analysis on the understanding of mechanisms of disease, and the potential for development of these personalized therapies. It will also consider how applicable these approaches are worldwide.

Independent Project in Human Biosciences

The aim of this module is for students to conduct a piece of investigative research, which may be laboratory or non­ laboratory based, in a specialised area of Human Biosciences. The variety and scope of projects allows students to pursue their own interests, potentially linked to future career aspirations, and to integrate prior skills and knowledge. Students are supported and guided by their supervisor, but are encouraged to develop independence of thought, and the ability and confidence to adapt and evolve their research ideas, based on reflective practice. The skills and competencies developed during the project period that enhance employability will be articulated in a short personal skills reflection.

 


 

Assessment

Lab report, Artefact, Blogs, Poster, Written Report, Proposal, Reviews, Magazine Article, Bioinformatics Study, Presentation, Thesis.

 

 

Recognition

QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 17/000638/L5 
Validity Period : 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2025

Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

Employment
  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Oveseas.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

 

 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Holders of one of the following VTC Higher Diploma (HD) programmes:

  • HD in Biomedical Science;
  • HD in Biotechnology;

OR

Holders of Higher Diploma (HD) or Associate Degree (AD) or equivalent qualification in a relevant science subject (such as Biomedical Science and Biotechnology) awarded by a recognised institution will also be considered.

 

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Applicants holding post-secondary qualifications (e.g. Higher Diploma, Associate Degree) taught and assessed in English from recognised institutions;

OR

  • At least an overall IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent.

 

Fees & Funding

Fees

  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$84,010 by 2 instalments

 

Scholarships

A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students.

 

   

In the coming school year, I will be studying for Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research in the University of Warwick, UK. I owe many thanks to my teachers at IVE and SHAPE as they guided me towards a bright future by providing me with all the right resources and encouragement.

 

Carlos Lee

  • Graduate of BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences
  • Alistair Harvey Foundation Scholarship Awardee
 
Scholarship Amount per awardee Application deadline

Alistair Harvey Foundation Scholarship
This Scholarship supports students to pursue a master’s degree in science and technology-related subjects at universities in the UK, covering tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses and airfares for one academic year in AY2023/24.

 
£39,350 2 February 2024

 

 

Financial Aids 

The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:


Financial Assistance Schemes
 
Amount (HK$)
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $34,390 per year 
[AY2024/25]
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $91,040
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,810
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 57,340
(Living expenses loan)

[AY2023/24]

Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year


For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.

Career Prospects/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

Our graduates are highly sought-after in the industry, over 91% graduates in 2021 were employed within 6 months upon graduation. Many of them have been employed as Research Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Clinical Laboratory Assistant, etc. by prominent companies/institutions such as LKS Faculty of Medicine of University of Hong Kong, BGI Group and Prenetics.

 

 

"SHAPE has provided a comprehensive and diversified study environment to enhance our learning experience. I was also given excellent support and guidance from my project supervisor throughout the journey of my final year project.  The programme has enhanced my independent thinking and research skills which are essential for my career."

Hallie Kwan

BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences, Coventry University​

  • ​Research Assistant, The University of Hong Kong, LKS Faculty of Medicine, AIDS Institute
  • National Competition – Hong Kong Regional Final - Hong Kong University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, Merit Award
  • HKSAR Government Reaching Out Award

 

Further Studies

Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

 

 

Awards / Campus Life
 Awards / Campus Life

 

Awards

 

 

Student

Award

Yip Chui Chu

CHEUNG Hei Yu

Leung Wing Hei Jeff      

HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2022-23

HKSAR Government  Endeavour Scholarship 2022-23

HKSAR Government  Endeavour Scholarship 2022-23 

HUI Ue Yuet HKSAR Government  Reaching Out Award 2022-23 

 

   

In the coming school year, I will be studying for Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research in the University of Warwick, UK. I owe many thanks to my teachers at IVE and SHAPE as they guided me towards a bright future by providing me with all the right resources and encouragement.

 

Carlos Lee

  • Graduate of BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences
  • Alistair Harvey Foundation Scholarship Awardee
 
Scholarship Amount per awardee Application deadline

Alistair Harvey Foundation Scholarship
This Scholarship supports students to pursue a master’s degree in science and technology-related subjects at universities in the UK, covering tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses and airfares for one academic year in AY2023/24.

 
£38,750 1 February 2023

 

Graduation Ceremony

  

 

 

 

 

Connect with Us

Enquiries


Progarmme Coordinator    


Ms. Connie Chan

Tel. no.

2595 8241

Email

conniechan@vtc.edu.hk

   

General Enquiries

Ms. Kelly Lai

Tel. no.

2595 2762

Email

kellylai@vtc.edu.hk

 

Connect with SHAPE Community


Connect with Coventry Community

Registration No. : 252701. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.