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Biological Science

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100% employability - MSci Biological Science

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UCAS code:
C100
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our versatile Biological Science degree will help you understand and examine the living world around 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. If you have a more specialist interest, this course also has the facility to allow you to focus in areas ranging from molecular biology of disease to conserving animals.

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:

BSc (Hons) Biological Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue:

BSc (Hons) Biological Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue:

MSci Biological Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue:

BSc (Hons) Biological Science (with a placement year)

Work placements

You will attend 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 and allow you to apply your developing knowledge.

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 3, you’ll carry out an in-depth, applied 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.

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 and allow you to apply your developing knowledge.

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 3, you’ll carry out an in-depth, applied 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.

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 and allow you to apply your developing knowledge.

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 3, you’ll carry out an in-depth, applied 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.

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 and allow you to apply your developing knowledge.

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 enroll on the sandwich version of this course 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, applied 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.

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 2018/2019 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 2018-2019 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
Biology
Chemistry
Applied Science
Year 1 compulsory modules
Bioscience Concepts and Practice
Structure and Function
Building Blocks of Life
Principles of Ecology
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Year 2 compulsory modules
Professional Practice and Placement
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Year 3 compulsory modules
Research Project
Current advances in Biosciences or Contemporary Issues in Conservation
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Year 4 compulsory modules
Advanced Research Methods
Biological Research Assistantship or Life Sciences Placement
Advanced Biological Techniques
Specialist Topics in the Biosciences

Entry requirements

  • 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: 48 points
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 128 points
  • A levels: ABB, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DDM 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.

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

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 Student Enabling Centre supports 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.

Kevin Reiling
Kevin Reiling Course Leader

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 academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£5,850 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

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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