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Digital Life Sciences *

BSc (Hons)

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Study under research-driven academics with professional connections

Work placement

Take the opportunity to undergo an industry-relevant work placement

Excellent facilities

Work with the latest life science technologies in our £30m Science Centre

UCAS code:
C910
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
9 September 2019
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Get ahead of the curve with 21st-century digital life science technology!

The future is here, and the life science technology sector is evolving every day. It is now commonplace to track behaviour, health, sleep, exercise, and food intake – and as a result, today’s generation is living and breathing life science data.

Our Digital Life Sciences BSc (Hons) course will put you at the forefront of this field, equipping you to work in the life science and digital healthcare sector. Working across biological, psychological and sports science, we will give you the broadest knowledge possible to make you ultra-employable in today’s career market. 

During your studies, you’ll become a solutions expert, able to monitor, design and deliver digital data interventions that have lasting effects on people’s lifestyles and physical wellbeing. We will ready for your future as a digital life science practitioner, ready to tackle various smart home and wearable digital devices in the health and digital industries.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Digital Life Sciences

Course content

The Digital Life Sciences BSc (Hons) draws together specific elements from biology, psychology and sports science in a dynamic and structured interdisciplinary degree. 

With us, you’ll study various modules that recognise the skill gap in the UK of life science graduates. You’ll study modules that cover data sciences and informatics to broaden your understanding of topics like real-world data, big data drug discovery, real-time tracking of populations, functional maths for scientists, communicating/teaching science, disrupted technology, and digital skills.

We also include modules in Health, behaviour and wellbeing which will improve your knowledge of Digital diagnostics, health psychology, behaviour informed by science and data and healthy lifestyles. Also, you’ll practice for a career as a scientific practitioner by studying the complexity of genes and cells physiology & exercise, and synthetic biology.

You’ll finish your course with an assessed research project on business, entrepreneurship and innovation in digital life sciences to give you experience in translating an idea through to commercial practice.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). 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 course has one start point in September.

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.

Facilities

Careers

The Digital Life Sciences BSc (Hons) will put you at the forefront of a growing field. It will equip you for roles in healthcare, industry, sport, and teaching. There are opportunities in both the public and commercial sectors, typical roles include:

  • Data analyst
  • Research coordinator
  • Research scientist
  • Life science analyst
  • Technology research analyst

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, this course will set you up for masters level study in relevant fields of science and technology.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars 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.

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

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. 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 and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. 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.

For the course starting on 9 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

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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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
9 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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