Human Anatomy and Physiology - Standalone module

This course is for you if you need to 'top-up' your existing degree to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, or if you are looking to take a module on human physiology as part of your continuing professional development to develop your understanding of the principles of homeostatic control mechanisms operating at molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and whole body levels.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type
Part-time, Online / distance learning

Course format

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1 year

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Course outline and modules

Module Aims:
To provide an introduction to the basic structure and function of key systems in the human body and the physiological mechanisms
that allow them to interact with each other.

Module Learning Outcomes:

  • Following completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe and discuss the basic structure, organisation and function of homeostatic control mechanisms.
  • Evaluate and discuss the key concepts of human physiology.
  • Discuss and evaluate the structures and functions of key systems within the body and their relationship to each other.

Module Content:

  • Structure, function and control of the human body;
  • Component parts and major systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, urogenital, nervous and endocrine) and their relationship to each other.

Available via distance learning, this module allows you to develop your knowledge of the mechanisms and processes through which the body achieves and maintains homeostasis. It is ideal if you wish to “top-up” your existing degree to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, or if you are looking to take a course as part of your continuing professional development.

This module has been designed to address the IBMS requirement for human anatomy and physiology. Specifically, it will allow you to understand the structure and function of the human body, together with knowledge of health, disease, disorder and dysfunction. It will teach the principles and mechanisms of physiological homeostasis in human health and pathophysiology, including application of the scientific method in the study of human physiology.

This course is part of the School of Biosciences which sits within the College of Health and Life Sciences.



Key information

Credit value: 10 credits

Specific level: This is a Level 4 (Enhanced Honours) Module

Mode of delivery: Distance learning

Course type: Standalone module 

Number of places available: Up to 10

Applications: all applications are made online using our online application form. You will be required to confirm the name for each of the Biomedical Science top-up modules you will be applying for by listing them in your personal statement. This is a compulsory part of your application and missing information may result in a prolonged delay in processing your application. Our full list of available modules in this suite of courses includes:

More information on each of these modules can be found here

For those who are taking this module in order to 'top-up' your existing degree for IBMS registration, please refer to our entry requirements for more details on IMBS set deadlines.

Start date: September 2024

Course deadline: 23 August 

Duration: Registration covers one academic year. Course delivery is scheduled over approximately 2 to 3 weeks in Term 1, with an examination in January. Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend around 8 hours a week studying throughout the duration of the course delivery, equivalent to 100 hours of study in total when including examination preparation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
  • General entry requirements: In order to study this module you must have a non-accredited undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences or an undergraduate degree in a related field (such as biology or biochemistry). 
  • Taking this module in order to 'top-up' your existing degree for IBMS registration: Prior to registering for a top-up module (or modules) you need to contact the Institute of Biomedical Science. They will assess your degree in order to confirm that it is eligible for 'top-up' and to determine the additional subject areas in which you need further qualifications. We recommend you contact the IBMS by June in the year of application to ensure that you have confirmation of your module requirements in time to register for your modules with Aston University.
  • Degrees not eligible for top-up: If your degree is not eligible for top up but you still wish to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, we recommend that you apply to take our accredited BSc Biomedical Science undergraduate degree.
  • Taking this module for professional development: No additional requirements apply
  • International students: We welcome applications from international students who are already in the UK with a valid visa. Unfortunately we are not able to accept applications from international students who wish to come to the UK solely to take this course. We are also not able to accept international students to take the distance learning route. You will be asked to provide a scanned copy of your UK visa, and of your passport when you submit the online registration form so that we can check you are eligible to take the top up modules.


Learning, teaching and assessment

This module is available via distance learning. We welcome applications from international students who are already in the UK with a valid visa; however we are not able to accept those who wish to come to the UK solely to take this course. Students taking this course by distance learning must be based in the UK.

For both modes of study, students must attend an online BMS Top-up Induction session in week zero (mid-September), at which we will show you how to access your university record and Blackboard (the Virtual Learning Environment). All course material, including recorded lectures, self-assessment quizzes, timetables, and some directed reading will be available on Blackboard online; coursework submission and feedback are also mainly via this route. Blackboard allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

Distance learning, the study can be spread out over the term and a week-by-week study guide is available. Recorded lectures are made available after they are delivered to attendance students as detailed above.

Assessment comprises of Online Examinations

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of life and health sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff currently practise or have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

Biomedical Sciences Top Up Modules Course DirectorDr Jonathan Cox

Module Coordinator: Dr J Brown

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).



For Sept 2024 Start: £800 per 10 credits

Career prospects

Our CPD courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

These modules will allow you to obtain the academic competences that are required to apply to the Health Professions Council for Registration as a Biomedical Scientist.

Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:


Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 09.30am-4.30pm BST)

Please click here for guidance on completing the postgraduate application.