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Biology

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

94-104

Must include A Level Biology or equivalent.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Biology

**Overview**

Biology is one of the most actively changing subjects in the sciences, with biologists constantly seeking solutions to the many challenges that shape our world. You will engage with the subject at every level, from the molecular level through whole organisms and beyond to their relationships with each other and the wider environment.

The course deals with many different groups of organisms in terms of their structure, development, physiology, metabolism and ecology. It also explains how a range of new techniques, such as the sequencing of the entire genomes of an increasing number of species, have added enormously to knowledge so that modern biologists can address questions that were unanswerable in the past.

A key strength of the course is the clear link between this new information and established knowledge. For example, the new 'genomics' material is taught in association with Mendelian genetics and modern 'bioinformatics' methods are used to show how evolution can be followed by examining DNA and amino acid sequences from different species.

If you choose the Animal Biology pathway, you will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of the animal kingdom and the natural world. You'll learn about the fundamentals of biology, from the functioning of a single cell right up to the processes that control reproduction and survival in complex organisms.

Taking a broad approach to the subject is the strong feature of our Biological Science pathway. You will study all areas of Biology from DNA to physiology, from cells to ecosystems, from genetics to conservation. In this you will have the opportunity to undertake unique research opportunities in a field based on your area of interest. You’ll also get to explore the latest discoveries and their relationship with established biological principles.

Following the Human Biology pathway provides you with insights into an age of unprecedented scientific discovery, with the mapping of the human genome and the potential of stem cell research revolutionising our understanding of how our bodies work.

Opting to follow the Biochemistry pathway will enable you to explore the molecular machinery that lies at the heart of the cell and drives all living organisms. There is emphasis on human health, from the processes that cause cancer to the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

In the fourth (masters) year, you will undertake a research-oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise in the Biology team. You'll learn more about the latest technologies that drive Biology research and the importance of its application to solve problems in the industry.

**Key features**
- Opportunity to explore a range of biological science topics and flexibility to focus on Animal Biology, Biological Science, Biochemistry or Human Biology.

- Study on a four year Integrated Masters undergraduate degree in a friendly and supportive environment.

- Gain extensive practical experience and knowledge by working with academic and technical experts in new and refurbished laboratories using a range of specialist equipment.

- Obtain a valuable undergraduate Masters qualification and enhance your chances when applying for scientific jobs or a PhD degree.

- Opportunity to undertake an optional international field trip on Biological Science and Animal Biology pathways (additional costs apply).

- Links with local Wildlife Trusts and other environmental and conservations agencies, Sea Life Centres and Safari parks.

- Volunteer as part of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Eco Campus initiative.

- Excellent partnerships with many UK and international research institutions, including The Karolinska Institute - home of the Nobel Prize

- New laboratories and extensive specialist equipment - an inspiring environment for you to develop your ideas

- Accreditation with the Royal Society of Biology being sought

Modules

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Assessment methods

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Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Worcester

Department:

School of Science and the Environment

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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.

81%
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

89%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
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?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
19%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
37%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

£17k

£17k

£23k

£23k

£19k

£19k

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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