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BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences specialising in Biophysical Science
BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences specialising in Biophysical Science

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences specialising in Biophysical Science

  • ID:UY440170
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, A*AA in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics

  • International Baccalaureate, 37 points, including grade 6 in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level

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

Apply the distinctive approaches of four disciplines to the study of biological structures, from the molecular level to whole organisms and ecosystems.

You'll gain a valuable grounding in the quantitative methods of biology, chemistry and physics and use them to understand the structure and complexity of the biological world.

World renowned Professor of Biological Physics, Mark Leake, has spearheaded the formation of the Biological Physical Sciences Institute here at York. The institute has drawn together academics from a wide range of disciplines, enabling collaboration on projects including face recognition, imaging the brain, improving rice yields, and using low temperature plasmas as potential cures for cancer.

With more than 75 principal investigators and up to 150 researchers from across the physical and life sciences, York research into the biophysical sciences shows impressive depth and range. As a student here you will be able to tap into the knowledge and experience of lecturers who belong to this thriving intellectual community.

All our Natural Sciences BScs have the same course code for your UCAS application. To select the Natural Sciences specialising in Mathematical Bioscience pathway, enter the subject option code "BiophSci". We will ask you to confirm your pathway if you are invited to interview.

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Year 1

Year 1 draws on course material from across biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics to prepare you for more advanced study.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Introduction to Thermal and Quantum Physics

  • Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

  • Genetics

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

  • Chemistry for Natural Sciences Ia - Introduction to Chemical Structure and Reactivity

  • Chemistry for Natural Sciences II - Introduction to Analysis and Chemical Change

  • Mathematics for Sciences I

Year 2

For your second year you will take modules from across biology, physics and chemistry.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Mathematics II for Natural Sciences

  • Thermodynamics and Solid State I

  • Experimental Laboratory I

  • Quantum and Atomic Physics

  • Protein Architecture and Action

  • Genome Expression and Maintenance

  • Biochemical Reactions and Interactions

  • Cell Biology

Year 3

In your third year you will build on the skills you’ve developed throughout your course and add depth to your understanding or explore a totally new area.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary Project

  • Statistical Mechanics

  • Solid State II

  • Nanoscale

  • Magnetism

  • Molecular Machinery in Action

Option modules

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

  • Advanced Topics in Microbiology

  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology

  • Molecular Recognition

  • Ageing and Regenerative Medicine

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Industrial researcher for a chemical engineering company

  • Management consultant

  • Civil servant in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Project manager in the aerospace industry

  • Process technologist at an integrated circuit manufacturer

  • Financial quantitative analyst for an investment bank

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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