Biological science asks deeper questions about the human body and challenges facing humankind such as;
Why are some people more prone to certain diseases and medical conditions than others?
How can we ensure that people remain healthier as they get older?
Why do bacteria evolve to defend themselves against antibiotics and what can we do about it in the future?
In its attempt to answer these questions, biology encompasses many areas of scientific study such as living organisms, life cycles, adaptations, and the environment. Biological science also incorporates a wealth of exciting and diverse topics from biochemistry and biotechnology to genetics, microbiology and physiology.
Biological Sciences at Aston offers you an incredible mix of top-quality teaching, world class research and the opportunity to gain real world experience with our optional placement year.
You can choose to study this course with BSc 3 years or 4 years with placement year
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Study a range of key bioscience topics where you will gain knowledge of the structure, function, synthesis and degradation of biomolecules, how genetic material is stored and inherited, and how to work safely in a laboratory setting.
- Cells to Systems
- Microbiology and Genetics
- Metabolic Physiology for Biology
Build your knowledge gained in your first year, as well as discovering exciting new topics all while developing the skills to apply fundamental biological concepts to experimental and real world problems.
- Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
- Mechanisms of Pathology
- Human Disease
- Cell Signalling and Physiology
Opportunity to gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals.
This course is available as 3 year BSc without placement, or 4 year BSc with integrated sandwich placement. Both options are available to home, EU, and international students.
Our students have completed placements in:
- Clinical trial companies
- Research institutes
- The food industry
- Pharmaceutical companies (e.g. AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline)
- Medical sales
- Biotechnology companies.
BSc final year/penultimate MBiol year
Develop the skills required to complete a substantial original research project and choose from a selection of advanced subjects those that most suit your future career aspirations.
- Research Project Preparation
- Research Project
- Professional Development for Biological Scientists
In addition, you will complete three of the following modules*:
- Bench to Bedside
- Biology of Ageing
- Cancer Biology
- Immunology and Inflammation
- Industrial Biotechnology
- Metabolic Disease
- Molecular and Applied Microbiology
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
Final year MBiol (optional)
Complete a substantial six-month research project, where you will get the opportunity to work alongside postgraduates and post-doctoral fellows in addition to studying advanced masters level modules.
- Advanced Lab Skills with Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Laboratory Competence Training
- MBiol Key Skills
- MBiol Laboratory Research Project
In addition, you will complete one/two (dependent on credit mix) of the following modules*:
- Professional Development and Research Communication
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Applied Biotechnology
- Stem Cell Biology and Cellular Differentiation
- Tissue Regeneration
- Ageing and Regenerative Medicine