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BSc (Hons) Biology
BSc (Hons) Biology

BSc (Hons) Biology

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAB including Biology or Human Biology and a second science

  • We accept the following subjects as a second science: Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Further Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Statistics.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher. Must include Level 3 modules in Biology and a second science.

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD. We consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (2016 syllabus) with all 7 mandatory units plus 4-6 units from 8,9,10,11,12,13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23 and no more than 2 units from 15,16,21,22,24,25,26. We consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (2010 syllabus), please contact us for information on the units we accept.

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2 including Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.

  • European Baccalaureate, 80% overall, including 8.5 and 8 in Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.

  • International Baccalaureate, 35 points including 6 in Higher Level Biology and 6 in another Higher Level science or mathematics subject. If English is not your first language then we require 5 in English B.

  • International foundation programme, Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

Our Biology course is a flexible and broad-based degree that covers biomedicine, biotechnology, genetics, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

This course is ideal if you want an interdisciplinary approach to biology, or wish to specialise at a later stage. You will have a wide range of options to tailor the course to your developing interests.

The study of life ranges from the chemistry of single molecules to understanding how populations of different species respond to changes in the environment. Driven by cutting-edge technologies, we now live in an era where medicines can be tailored to individuals and the genomes of novel organisms can be sequenced in less than a day. An explosion of discoveries relating to how cancer develops, predicting the effects of climate change and harnessing the biotechnological potential of organisms to produce fuel, food and medicines makes biosciences one of the most exciting and relevant subjects of the 21st century!

Adding a year in industry or a year abroad are both an option with this course too, so you can benefit from the advantages that a year away can bring. The Department of Biology will provide you with the opportunity to learn in new, spacious and modern teaching laboratories which provide excellent facilities for practicals and small group project work, alongside our state-of-the-art computing facilities.

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Year 1

Stage 1 (the first year) consists of core modules which are designed to give you an excellent basis on which to build your future studies and develop your interests.​

In a typical week you will have around 25 hours of contact time, typically six or seven lectures, two or three practicals, a skills workshop and a tutorial. You will also spend time on independent study, consolidating information from lectures and practicals and preparing work for tutorials.

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Genetics 

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

  • Cell and Developmental Biology 

  • Microbiology 

  • Animal and Plant Biology 

  • Genetics and Evolution 

  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists 

  • Small group tutorials 

Year 2

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists II 

  • Small group tutorials

  • Big Data Biology 

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Ecology of Animals, Plants and Microbes

  • Genome Expression and Maintenance 

  • Cell Biology 

  • Molecular Genetics and Development 

  • Neuroscience 

  • Genes and Genomes in Populations and Evolution

  • Organisms in their Environment 

  • Immunology and Infection 

  • Food and Fuel

Year 3

Core modules

  • Research Project

The Research Project is your chance to investigate a topic relevant to your interests from a wide range of projects across the Department.

You'll receive supervision from the project director and often work as part of a research group, giving hands-on experience of a real research environment. Over the course of the project, you will produce a written project report in the style of a scientific paper, and give a presentation on the topic.

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Molecular Machinery in Action

  • Advanced Topics in Evolution and Genetics in Ecology 

  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology 

  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience 

  • Advanced Topics in Biotechnology  

  • Ageing and Regenerative Medicine 

  • Advanced Topics in Microbiology 

  • Current Research in Ecology 

  • Cancer, Cell and Molecular Biology 

  • Conserving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene 

  • Human Genetics 

  • Molecular Recognition 

  • Advanced topics in Pathogens and Pathogenesis 

  • Haematology and Immunology in Health and Disease 

  • Advanced Ecology field course 

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Experimental officer

  • Research analyst

  • Graduate purchaser

  • Business development executive

  • Ecological consultant

  • Accountancy

  • Laboratory technician

  • Clinic coordinator

  • Data manager

  • Postgraduate study

  • PhD

  • Medical writer

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