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Anglia Ruskin University

UCAS Code: C100 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

112

from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Biology.

About this course

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Biology

Biology, the science of life, is a varied and exciting discipline from the molecular to whole organisms and entire ecosystems.

**Why Biology at ARU?**

Our broad-based course covers all life on earth, from microorganisms to plants, animals and humans, and from genes to whole ecosystems.
Focus on practical skills, including a strong foundation in laboratory, data science, bioinformatic, and field skills.
Tailor your degree to your ambitions and interests by choosing from a wide range of specialisms, all with a central underpinning of sustainability.
Study in Cambridge, the centre of new and emerging technologies in the life sciences, especially in biological data science and bioinformatics, and take advantage of a wealth of local opportunities.

Learn from Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold standard, research-active staff, who keep course content fully up-to-date with recent findings across a whole range of fields.

Carry out projects and paid internships with research-active staff from the School of Life Sciences and apply for placements with a range of employers.
Biology is the study of life. Life on earth is fascinating, astonishing, diverse and beautiful, and the course aims to provide you with a broad knowledge of the wide variety of living organisms. Your knowledge will encompass how organisms evolve, their physiology, and how they function within the environment.

However, all life is currently under threat; with man-made (anthropogenic) change affecting the earth and all its systems. The biological sciences offer us a wide range of tools which can be used to alleviate these effects and preserve our natural environment, both for the benefit of plants, animals and humans, and for their current and future generations.

This degree in Biology offers a multidisciplinary approach, preparing you to evaluate aspects of all life on earth, and provide solutions to ensure a sustainable future.

You'll have the opportunity to select pathways within the course aligned to your specific interests, including but not limited to:

Cell/molecular/laboratory
Genetics/evolution/bioinformatics
Plants/microbes/biotechnology
Whole organisms (animals/humans)/environment/field skills
Principles of sustainability underpin much of the teaching throughout the course.

You'll have the opportunity to engage with field trips in the local area and further afield. Additional self-funded field trips are also available.

Modules

Year 1:
Core modules
Principles of Biology
Quantitative Techniques and Tools for Biologists
Introduction to Genetics and Genomics
Physiology of Organisms
Ecology and Sustainability
Continuing Professional Development

Year 2:
Core modules
Principles of Genetics (15 credits)
Ruskin Module (15 credits)
Preparation for Research (15 credits)
Continuing Professional Development
Optional modules
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Plants and Microbial Sciences
Laboratory Techniques in DNA Manipulation (15 credits)
Laboratory Techniques for Bioinformatics (15 credits)
Field Skills in Biology
Animal Health and Disease
GIS and Spatial Ecology
Proteomics and Molecular Structures

Year 3:
Core modules
Undergraduate Project (30 credits)
Developmental Biology and Genetics
Policy, Globalisation, and Economics of Sustainability
Optional modules
Biogeography
Comparative Ecophysiology
Human-Animal Interactions
Microbial Pathogenicity (15 credits)
Molecular Cell Biology (15 credits)
Current Advances in Bioinformatics
Current Advances in Plant and Microbial Sciences
Current Advances in Evolution and Biodiversity
Systems Biology

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. Besides exams, these include essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, debates, classroom- or laboratory-based tests, and reviews of scientific papers.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni

Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

School of Life Sciences

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What students say

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation

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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
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Employed or in further education
42%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Animal care and control services
8%
Teaching and educational professionals

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biology (non-specific)

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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