Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year), 4 years (with a foundation year), 4 years (MSci) full-time
UCAS code: C100, C104 (with a placement year), C101 (with a foundation year), C102 (MSci)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

If you're considering a career in teaching, business, management, or other science-related professions, our versatile Biological Science degree is for you.

This versatile Biological Science degree is ideal if you have a broad interest in biology and would like some flexibility to tailor a course to your own interests – especially if you’re considering a career in teaching, business, management or other science-related professions. Central to this course is a focus on specialist areas ranging from molecular biology to ecology.

You can either maintain a broad study of the biological sciences or focus on a specific set of modules. 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 entry requirements for degree level study, BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Biological Science, MSci Biological Science

Professional body accreditation

The BSc (Hons) course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll study modules that introduce you to the breadth of biology. You’ll follow a programme of practical work that will help you understand key biological skills; this could range from fieldwork sampling to biomolecular analysis.

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

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.

If you are following the BSc (Hons) route, you can opt for the sandwich version of this course where the placement opportunity lasts a whole year. This placement, with a relevant graduate organisation, will further develop your applied scientific knowledge and approach, as well as enhancing your employability skills.

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

For the rest of your programme you can choose from a wide range of specialist modules.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Building Blocks of Life Compulsory
Principles of Ecology Compulsory
Comparative Behaviour Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Building Blocks of Life Compulsory
Biology of Disease Optional

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Adaptation and Survival Optional
Animal Survey and Identification Skills Optional
Biochemistry and Blood Science Optional
Ecology of Habitats Optional
Infection Science Optional
Molecular Genetics Optional
Neuroscience Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Adaptation and Survival Optional
Animal Survey and Identification Skills Optional
Ecology of Habitats Optional
Medicinal Plants Optional
Microbiology Optional
Physiological Function Optional
Public Health Optional
Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Contemporary Issues in Biosciences or Contemporary Issues in Conservation Compulsory
Cellular Pathology Optional
Toxicology Optional
Neuropharmacology Optional
Vertebrate Conservation Optional
Applied Entomology Optional
Clinical Immunology Optional
Human Infectious Disease Optional
Habitat Management Optional
Advanced DNA Profiling Optional
Animal Health and Welfare Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Contemporary Issues in Biosciences or Contemporary Issues in Conservation Compulsory
Vertebrate Conservation Optional
Medical Genetics Optional
Clinical Biochemistry Optional
Neurobiology Optional
Practical Conservation Project Optional
Teaching Bioscience: Public Engagement and Communication Optional
Haematology and Transfusion Science Optional
Photography for Life Sciences Optional

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Research Methods Compulsory
Advanced Biological Techniques Compulsory
Specialist Topics in the Biosciences Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Biological Research Assistantship or Life Sciences Placement Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert 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 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.