Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Human Biology and Behaviour

Find out what it really means to be human through the study of our evolution, biology and behaviour.

2023 entry

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Course overview

Test your curiosity and ask challenging questions like: how do hormones influence our behaviour? What are friends for? What happens when we die? We will give you the skills and confidence to examine evolution, anatomy, psychology, the behaviour of humans, and our living and fossil primate relatives.

Answer a variety of compelling questions about sex and reproduction, social systems and whether other primates have a language. Gain academic and practical skills that prepare you for careers in the fields of health, science, education, scientific communication, as well as community and social services, among others.

Shape your degree outside the classroom with extracurricular activities such as open lectures - attracting global figures and our thriving student-led societies.

Why study Human Biology and Behaviour at Kent?

Learn beyond lectures.

Bring your learning to life with excursions to animal parks, archaeological sites and skeletal collections.


of final-year Anthropology students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course in The Guardian University Guide 2023.  

Tailor your degree.

Dr Devin Finaughty explains how you receive a broad foundation in the subject before focusing your studies.

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We support you.

Excellent staff-student ratio, regular workshops and alumni talks, dedicated academic advisors and a peer mentoring scheme.

Taught by experts.

Be inspired by academics at the forefront of their fields including biological, environmental, and evolutionary anthropology, as well as Biology and Psychology.

Everything you need to know about our Human Biology and Behaviour course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Venture into a combination of biological anthropology, human biology and psychology. Develop an integrated understanding of how human beings are shaped by, and interact with, their social and physical environments.

How you'll study

Human Biology and Behaviour at Kent uses a stimulating mix of teaching methods, including lectures, small seminar groups, field trips and laboratory sessions. For research project work, you are assigned to a supervisor with whom you meet regularly.

Your future

Studying human biology and behaviour gives you an exciting range of career opportunities. We work with you to help direct your module choices to the career paths you are considering. Through your studies, you learn how to work independently, to analyse complex data and to present your work with clarity and flair. 

You learn a set of skills that will allow you to pursue a career in areas such as:

  • advertising
  • civil service and the Home Office
  • international consultancy
  • journalism
  • media, research or production (film, TV, radio)
  • museum work
  • NHS and health charities
  • overseas development and aid
  • postgraduate study, including entry into Medical School
  • public relations
  • research jobs in government, industrial and medical labs
  • scientific publishing
  • social work
  • teaching.
'Year in' opportunities.
"I have acquired both the knowledge and skillset to be able to further explore my interests into Forensic Anthropology."

Industry-standard environment.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include field ecology labs, anthropology labs, genetics labs, a light scanner and dedicated lab, as well as a video editing suite and computer studios.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Field trips

One day trips that are compulsory to a module are financially funded by the School. Optional or longer trips may require support funding from attendees.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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We are no longer taking applications for the 2023/24 academic year. Please visit the 2024 online prospectus for a list of current undergraduate courses.

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