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University of Huddersfield

UCAS Code: C1C7 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level

B,B,C-B,C,C

including a grade B in a relevant Science subject. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

or above to include modules in a relevant Science subject.

112-104 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in a relevant science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in Applied Science.

T Level

M

in Science including a grade B in A Level Chemistry or Biology.

UCAS Tariff

112-104

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in a relevant Science subject at A Level.

About this course

This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2024

Subjects

Biology

Cell biology

Studying biology helps you better understand the structure, function, and taxonomy of living organisms, which include humans, animals, plants, and microorganisms. Specialising in molecular and cellular biology allows you to gain a deeper understanding of how molecules and cells work and can be manipulated, which opens the door to a broad range of careers in industry or academia. A degree in molecular and cellular biology can put you at the forefront of modern scientific breakthroughs, vaccine developments and more.

**Why Study Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc(Hons) at University of Huddersfield?**
A Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc(Hons) degree prepares you for an exciting career or for further study in the field of biology. This course covers several core molecular and cellular biology areas, and you’ll gain relevant real-world experience during your studies.

You’ll be taught by leading academics through lectures, seminars, and sessions, which will be supplemented by the chance to gain hands-on experience, using modern, scientific instruments in our specialist biological sciences labs. Following your first two years on the course, you’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills to the test in an optional supervised work placement year. During this placement year, you’ll:
• Experience working in a real-world environment within the industry, in the UK or internationally.
• Explore employment opportunities within organisations related to your studies.
• Network with potential employers and construct work experience profiles to prepare for a future molecular biology or cellular biology career.

This course will prepare you for a variety of potentially exciting careers in a range of fields in the industry, as well as for future study. You’ll be able to work in medical science, the NHS, medical genetics, pharmaceuticals and more.

**Professional Bodies**
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis. As a student on this course, you’ll be able to apply for undergraduate membership of the Biochemical Society and The Physiological Society (UK). You’ll also be eligible for student affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Biology and upon successful graduation be eligible to apply for one year associate membership, this can help open up networks at a crucial time when applying for jobs.

**Why Huddersfield?**
Huddersfield’s vibrant and friendly campus is a great place from which to study, while the town itself offers lots to see and do, with good transport links in and around the area.

Modules

This first year comprises:
• Molecular and Cellular Biology
• Biochemistry 1
• Chemical and Physical Principles of Biology
• Physiology 1: Structure and Function
• The World of Microbes
• Research Skills.

To see the full range of modules and descriptions, please visit our website. A link to this course can be found at the bottom of the page in the ‘Course contact details’ section.

Assessment methods

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. Assessment will include project work, assignments and examinations project work, assignments, and examinations. The final year research project contributes to your degree classification.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£17,600
per year
International
£17,600
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

Extra funding

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni

Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Biological and Geographical Sciences (SBIOLSCI)

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
Biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
59%
2:1 or above
24%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Microbiology and cell science

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation

The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

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.

£19,300
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
58%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Natural and social science professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

Microbiology and cell science

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
95%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Natural and social science professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Biology (non-specific)

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

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.

Microbiology and cell science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

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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