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Biology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Biology and a second science at A level. Suitable second science subjects include: maths, further maths, chemistry, physics, geology, applied science, environmental science/studies, AQA use of maths, statistics, geography, psychology. A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately (waived for 2021/22 application cycle).

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

45 level 3 credits overall. 30 level 3 credits at distinction of which 15 in biology and 15 in a second science. If not taking 30 credits in science, then qualification will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language or Literature and maths at grade 4 or above also required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

6,6,5 at Higher Level including 5/6 in biology and another science subject at Higher Level. Suitable second science subjects include: maths, further maths, chemistry, physics, geology, applied science, environmental science/studies, AQA use of maths, statistics, geography, psychology.

Considered on an individual basis; you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification. Acceptable in combination with one A-level .

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

D

Acceptable in combination with two A-level science subjects, including Biology

Considered on an individual basis; you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification. BTEC National Extended Diploma in Animal Management is not acceptable for this course.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

including Biology and a second science subject. Suitable second science subjects include: maths, further maths, chemistry, physics, geology, applied science, environmental science/studies, AQA use of maths, statistics, geography, psychology. Offers made in combination with grades AABBB in the Scottish Highers

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

in combination with grades AA in Scottish Advanced Highers, to include Biology and a second science. Suitable second science subjects include: maths, further maths, chemistry, physics, geology, applied science, environmental science/studies, AQA use of maths, statistics, geography, psychology.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

Acceptable in combination with 2 science A-level qualifications, to include Biology.

UCAS Tariff

112-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Biology

Explore life and the natural world through studying elements of animals (including humans), plants, genetics, microbiology, ecology and conservation.

Our course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, and has a strong focus on practical application. You'll spend time in our specialist labs, gaining hands-on experience in biological research from term one, year one.

Some of your learning will also take place in modern lecture theatres, and your studies will involve computer-aided learning and exciting fieldwork opportunities.

Placements in industry are available and our research-active academic staff ensure that teaching is informed by the latest research developments.

This course incorporates a personal research project into your final year, which you will tailor to suit your personal interests and aspirations under the guidance of our expert academics. Some students have even had their work published in scientific journals.

The integrated masters (MSci) version of this course provides you with additional research experience, preparing you for your future career or further postgraduate study.

Modules

There are a range of optional modules to choose from in every year of the course. You'll study these alongside core modules.

In your first year, you'll study the biology of animals, plants and microbes and the biochemical, evolutionary and genetic processes that underlie their biology. The experimental approach forms a key component to the year, with modules teaching practical skills and the principles of experimental design and analysis.

In your second year, a major theme is health and disease in humans, other animals and plants. You'll learn about the genetic and developmental basis of disease, the fundamental biology of pathogens and parasites, and what happens when the nervous system doesn’t work properly.

In your third year you'll work on a year-long research project, alongside studying optional modules. This major practical project that allows you to undertake your own biological investigation. In addition, there are wide-ranging optional modules. The research project is a biological investigation to suit your personal interests and aspirations, taken under the guidance of our expert academics.

If you choose to study the integrated masters (MSci), you’ll complete a year-long research project in your fourth year. This could be lab- or literature-based.

For the most up-to-date module information and full details, please visit the course page on our website.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£26,500
per year
International
£26,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

School of Biology

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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.

75%
med
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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

57%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
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
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

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.

£21,500
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
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.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£29k

£29k

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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