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Biology

Entry requirements


A level

C

Biology including a pass in the practical element (Applied Science may be considered)

Access to HE Diploma

M:18

Access to HE Diploma in Science, including 18 credits at Merit in Biology or Chemistry

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including grade 5 in Higher Level Biology

BTEC in Applied Science/Animal Management

UCAS Tariff

120

Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from A levels BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma Irish Leaving Certificate Scottish Highers Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Biology

**Biology at Hull is all about ‘hands-on’ learning, with options including genetics, cell biology, physiology, evolution, conservation and environmental change.**

You can also take modules from other subject areas, including human biology, biochemistry, geography and environmental science – allowing you to build a course to suit your interests and ambitions. We offer a practical Biology with Education module to final-year students, many of whom go on to postgraduate teacher training. Our research informs our teaching. This course could also see you investigating topics such as the evolution of sex, the genomics of crop pests, or genetic adaptation to environmental stress.

We pride ourselves on our unique blend of laboratory and field-based practical teaching, as we recognise the need to work across disciplinary boundaries to solve global issues. Guided by our award-winning experts, you’ll gain industry-standard lab skills in cutting-edge techniques like genetic analysis, microscopy, DNA sequencing and DNA programming. The field, analytic and lab skills you’ll learn here are much in demand, and you’ll get the chance to engage with employers in a range of local organisations and businesses.

This flexible programme gives you the opportunity to follow your interests into specialist areas or, if you prefer, you can keep our options open and develop a broad knowledge of the science of living things.

**Official Team GB partners**

Did you know that the University of Hull is the official University Partner of Team GB? Our united belief is that anyone, with the right opportunities ahead and a dedicated team behind, can achieve extraordinary things. This is what our partnership with Team GB is built on. Extraordinary is in you – and we’ll help you find it.

What does this mean for you? It means that whether you’re studying sports science, or marketing, or logistics, or healthcare, or engineering, you’ll be able to gain invaluable experience through this unique partnership.

We are working with Team GB to create opportunities for volunteering and work experience, to get involved with meet-and-greet sessions with Olympians, host on-campus talks from guest speakers and so much more. Some of our students recently helped Team GB athletes get their kit ready to compete in preparation for the Minsk 2019 European Games. It’s an extraordinary partnership, and you won’t find it anywhere else.

Find out more at hull.ac.uk/teamgb

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Chemistry of Life
Cells and Organelles
Principles of Genetics
Diversity of Life
Evolution

Optional modules

Ecology (With optional Dive Training)
Human Physiology

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Genetic Analysis
Professional and Research Skills for Biologists

Optional modules

Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Cell Biology
Conservation Biology
Animal Form and Function
Green Planet
Behavioural Ecology
Fish Ecology

Year 3

Choose one of the following

Independent Research Project
Structured Research Project
Biology in Education

Optional modules

Human Evolution and Genomics
Field Studies (Biology)
Sex and Social Behaviour
Molecular and Medical Parasitology
Insect Biology
Extinction
Ecotoxicology
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Practical Conservation
Cancer Biology

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of written, practical and coursework assessments throughout your degree.

Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£17,550
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:

The University of Hull

Department:

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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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.

68%
low
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

61%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
63%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
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?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

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

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.

£16,120
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
46%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Science, engineering and production technicians
19%
Conservation and environment professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations

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.

Biosciences

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

£16k

£16k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

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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