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Biological Science

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Specialist Pathways

Find your passion and become an expert in a specialist branch of biological science

100% employability - MSci Biological Science

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UCAS code:
C100
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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Our versatile Biological Science degree will help you understand and examine the living world around you.

There has never been a better time to position yourself as a bioscientist by studying on our biological science degree. Recent breakthroughs have given biologists insights and tools for the investigation of pressing questions like never before. Whatever area of the biological sciences you are interested in, be it genetics and genomics, medicines development or ecological interactions and sustainability - this degree has the scope and flexibility to support your development.

This degree can be completed in a number of different ways, you can either study biological science as a broad degree, or branch off into one of our specialist pathways during your degree.

You have the first year of your degree (full-time) to decide whether your interest lies in a particular field, or whether the broad knowledge of the subject will better benefit your future career. If you do have a more specialist interest, this course also has designated learning pathways in your second and third years to allow you to focus on areas including Ecology and Environmental Management, Genomics, Pharmacology, and Pre-Med. The best thing about our learning pathways is that you can wait until second year to decide if you wish to specialise.  Whichever route you take through your biological science degree, upon completion, you will be ideally placed for graduate employment or postgraduate study.

If you would like to study for an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters MSci course over four years.

If you do not meet our direct entry requirements for degree level study, then a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available.  You’ll study your first year at Stoke-on-Trent College and on successful completion join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke-on-Trent university campus.  High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study. The foundation year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biological Science degree. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies

 

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Biological Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Biological Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Biological Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Biological Science

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll study modules that introduce you to the breadth of biology. You’ll cover exciting areas of current Biosciences, from molecules to cells, organisms and their environment. Skills for employment and ‘learning through research’ are core themes, together with the development of your professional scientific identity.

In your second year, you’ll gain a more in-depth knowledge of key biological principles and begin to focus on areas of applied biology.

We offer a broad range of topics covering both theoretical and practical aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, human biology and animal biology and conservation.

In Year 2 you’ll also have the option to choose one of the four pathways:

  • Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Genomics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pre-Med

These pathways each have a carefully designed programme of study via a specific range of modules that will ensure that you meet the requirements of employers and also prepare you for postgraduate study. 

In Year 3, you’ll carry out an in-depth, applied practical investigation that will lead to a scientific article-style dissertation.

If you complete one of the pathways it will be added to your degree certificate. 

In Year 1, you’ll study modules that introduce you to the breadth of biology. You’ll cover exciting areas of current Biosciences, from molecules to cells, organisms and their environment. Skills for employment and ‘learning through research’ are core themes, together with the development of your professional scientific identity.

In your second year, you’ll gain a more in-depth knowledge of key biological principles and begin to focus on areas of applied biology.

We offer a broad range of topics covering both theoretical and practical aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, human biology and animal biology and conservation.

In Year 2 you’ll also have the option to choose one of the four pathways:

  • Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Genomics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pre-Med

These pathways each have a carefully designed programme of study via a specific range of modules that will ensure that you meet the requirements of employers and also prepare you for postgraduate study. 

In Year 3, you’ll carry out an in-depth, applied practical investigation that will lead to a scientific article-style dissertation.

If you complete one of the pathways it will be added to your degree certificate. 

In Year 1, you’ll study modules that introduce you to the breadth of biology. You’ll cover exciting areas of current Biosciences, from molecules to cells, organisms and their environment. Skills for employment and ‘learning through research’ are core themes, together with the development of your professional scientific identity.

In your second year, you’ll gain a more in-depth knowledge of key biological principles and begin to focus on areas of applied biology.

We offer a broad range of topics covering both theoretical and practical aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, human biology and animal biology and conservation.

In Year 2 you’ll also have the option to choose one of the four pathways:

  • Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Genomics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pre-Med

These pathways each have a carefully designed programme of study via a specific range of modules that will ensure that you meet the requirements of employers and also prepare you for postgraduate study. 

In Year 3, you’ll carry out an in-depth, applied practical investigation that will lead to a scientific article-style dissertation.

If you complete one of the pathways it will be added to your degree certificate. 

In Year 1, you’ll study modules that introduce you to the breadth of biology. You’ll cover exciting areas of current Biosciences, from molecules to cells, organisms and their environment. Skills for employment and ‘learning through research’ are core themes, together with the development of your professional scientific identity.

In your second year, you’ll gain a more in-depth knowledge of key biological principles and begin to focus on areas of applied biology.

We offer a broad range of topics covering both theoretical and practical aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, human biology and animal biology and conservation.

In Year 2 you’ll also have the option to choose one of the four pathways:

  • Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Genomics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pre-Med

These pathways each have a carefully designed programme of study via a specific range of modules that will ensure that you meet the requirements of employers and also prepare you for postgraduate study. 

In Year 3, you’ll carry out an in-depth, applied practical investigation that will lead to a scientific article-style dissertation.

If you complete one of the pathways it will be added to your degree certificate. 

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Maths and Data Handling Foundation Year route only
Biology Foundation Year route only
Chemistry Foundation Year route only
Applied Science Foundation Year route only
Year 1 compulsory modules
Bioscience Concepts and Practice
Structure and Function
Building Blocks of Life
Biology of Disease
Professional Practice for Life Sciences
Year 2 compulsory modules
Applied Bioscience Practical
Global Issues and Professional Development
Adaptation and Survival
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Year 3 compulsory modules
Research Project
Current Advances and Bioethics
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Year 4 compulsory modules
Specialist Topics in the Biosciences (MSci)
Advanced Research Methods (MSci)
Advanced Biological Techniques (MSci)
Life Sciences Placement or Biological Research Assistantship (MSci)
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science

We welcome applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and all applicants are individually assessed.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science

We welcome applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and all applicants are individually assessed.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points 
  • A levels: ABC
  • BTEC: National Diploma DDM
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points
  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP

Facilities

Careers

Throughout the award students are provided with opportunities in order to prepare for the wider world when they finish the award and look for employment.

Our Biological Science degree provides many career routes for graduates. It offers a particularly useful breadth of knowledge for those who aspire to teaching the subject, with many graduates pursuing teaching careers.

Recent graduates have secured roles as environmental auditors with the Royal Air Force, mental health workers with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and bioinformatics managers.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Kevin Reiling
Dr Kevin Reiling Senior Lecturer

Kevin’s research explores the environmental impacts of aerial pollutants and toxic metals. He is also interested in the public understanding of science.

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£5,950 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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