Biological Science

Study options

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Key facts

UCAS code:
C100
UCAS code:
C104
UCAS code:
C101
UCAS code:
C102
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent College
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus, with a placement year
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year at Stoke-on-Trent College
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Start date:
11 September 2023

No.1 for Teaching Satisfaction

Guardian League Tables 2022 - Biosciences

No.2 for Course Satisfaction

Guardian League Tables 2022 - Biosciences

Guaranteed work placement

Work with local, regional and national employers, as well as international university partners

Biology is at the forefront of solving many of our global challenges. From saving threatened species to revolutionising treatment for disease using a person’s genetic code.

Now’s your chance to make a difference by joining the scientists discovering the amazing advances of the future.

Our Biological Science degree will help you understand and explore the living world around you. Whether tackling issues to do with humans, wildlife or plants, you’ll learn how to ask the big questions and delve into data-driven evidence.

The possibilities are endless. It could involve analysing the impact of drugs on the environment, debating bioethics, championing sustainability or identifying the DNA sequences that are core to genomics.

From day one, you’ll be treated as a University scientist and not just a student. You’ll be part of our active research community and will work with experts on live projects.

We focus on practical and applied learning, with field trips, real-world challenges and plenty of opportunities to put your skills and knowledge into action. Our academics will be there to support you every step of the way and nurture your passion for science.

You’ll also get a personalised degree, tailored to your interests. You can select to study Biological Science in general or specialise in one of our pathways:

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

You can wait until your second year to decide if you wish to specialise.

We offer guaranteed work placements and you can choose to complete these with a wide variety of employers locally, nationally or abroad.

There are also different study routes. If you would like an advanced qualification, why not opt for our integrated Masters course over four years?

Or if you’ve had a significant break in your studies and want to brush up on your scientific knowledge, we also offer a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year. For the first year, you will study at Stoke-on-Trent College and will then join the BSc (Hons) course at the University.

Our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means they contain a solid foundation of biological knowledge and key skills to help meet the needs of employers.

As a biological scientist, your skills will be in high demand once you graduate.

Now’s your chance to make a difference by joining the scientists discovering the amazing advances of the future.

Our Biological Science degree will help you understand and explore the living world around you. Whether tackling issues to do with humans, wildlife or plants, you’ll learn how to ask the big questions and delve into data-driven evidence.

The possibilities are endless. It could involve analysing the impact of drugs on the environment, debating bioethics, championing sustainability or identifying the DNA sequences that are core to genomics.

From day one, you’ll be treated as a University scientist and not just a student. You’ll be part of our active research community and will work with experts on live projects.

We focus on practical and applied learning, with field trips, real-world challenges and plenty of opportunities to put your skills and knowledge into action. Our academics will be there to support you every step of the way and nurture your passion for science.

You’ll also get a personalised degree, tailored to your interests. You can select to study Biological Science in general or specialise in one of our pathways:

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

You can wait until your second year to decide if you wish to specialise.

We offer guaranteed work placements and you can choose to complete these with a wide variety of employers locally, nationally or abroad.

There are also different study routes. If you would like an advanced qualification, why not opt for our integrated Masters course over four years?

Or if you’ve had a significant break in your studies and want to brush up on your scientific knowledge, we also offer a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year. For the first year, you will study at Stoke-on-Trent College and will then join the BSc (Hons) course at the University.

Our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means they contain a solid foundation of biological knowledge and key skills to help meet the needs of employers.

As a biological scientist, your skills will be in high demand once you graduate.

Now’s your chance to make a difference by joining the scientists discovering the amazing advances of the future.

Our Biological Science degree will help you understand and explore the living world around you. Whether tackling issues to do with humans, wildlife or plants, you’ll learn how to ask the big questions and delve into data-driven evidence.

The possibilities are endless. It could involve analysing the impact of drugs on the environment, debating bioethics, championing sustainability or identifying the DNA sequences that are core to genomics.

From day one, you’ll be treated as a University scientist and not just a student. You’ll be part of our active research community and will work with experts on live projects.

We focus on practical and applied learning, with field trips, real-world challenges and plenty of opportunities to put your skills and knowledge into action. Our academics will be there to support you every step of the way and nurture your passion for science.

You’ll also get a personalised degree, tailored to your interests. You can select to study Biological Science in general or specialise in one of our pathways:

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

You can wait until your second year to decide if you wish to specialise.

We offer guaranteed work placements and you can choose to complete these with a wide variety of employers locally, nationally or abroad.

There are also different study routes. If you would like an advanced qualification, why not opt for our integrated Masters course over four years?

Or if you’ve had a significant break in your studies and want to brush up on your scientific knowledge, we also offer a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year. For the first year, you will study at Stoke-on-Trent College and will then join the BSc (Hons) course at the University.

Our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means they contain a solid foundation of biological knowledge and key skills to help meet the needs of employers.

As a biological scientist, your skills will be in high demand once you graduate.

Now’s your chance to make a difference by joining the scientists discovering the amazing advances of the future.

Our Biological Science degree will help you understand and explore the living world around you. Whether tackling issues to do with humans, wildlife or plants, you’ll learn how to ask the big questions and delve into data-driven evidence.

The possibilities are endless. It could involve analysing the impact of drugs on the environment, debating bioethics, championing sustainability or identifying the DNA sequences that are core to genomics.

From day one, you’ll be treated as a University scientist and not just a student. You’ll be part of our active research community and will work with experts on live projects.

We focus on practical and applied learning, with field trips, real-world challenges and plenty of opportunities to put your skills and knowledge into action. Our academics will be there to support you every step of the way and nurture your passion for science.

You’ll also get a personalised degree, tailored to your interests. You can select to study Biological Science in general or specialise in one of our pathways:

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

You can wait until your second year to decide if you wish to specialise.

We offer guaranteed work placements and you can choose to complete these with a wide variety of employers locally, nationally or abroad.

There are also different study routes. If you would like an advanced qualification, why not opt for our integrated Masters course over four years?

Or if you’ve had a significant break in your studies and want to brush up on your scientific knowledge, we also offer a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year. For the first year, you will study at Stoke-on-Trent College and will then join the BSc (Hons) course at the University.

Our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means they contain a solid foundation of biological knowledge and key skills to help meet the needs of employers.

As a biological scientist, your skills will be in high demand once you graduate.

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: BSc (Hons) Biological Science

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

Work placements

You’ll be expected to complete 105 hours’ worth of work placements. Choose your dream placement with support from our staff.

We work with a wide range of local, regional and national employers. In recent years, there have also been visits to university partners in Spain, the Netherlands, Finland and Turkey. On a trip to Vietnam, Biological Science students investigated climate change and pollution.

Examples of student placements have included:

  • Becoming a physician’s associate in Italy
  • Working with local wildlife organisations to improve habitats
  • Carrying out plant-based research
  • Working in a hospital in Nepal
  • Working within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry
  • Working on a research project at the University of Cambridge

The placements give you a chance to sample different careers. You get to experience the day-to-day aspects of a job and gain new skills.

Course content

Year 1 of this course will be all about biology. You will study all aspects from molecules to species and from healthy individuals to planetary health, and will develop a wide range of skills in both the lab and field.

In Year 2, you will start to apply your biological understanding to the areas of your interest, with choices including genetic engineering, medicinal plants and managing habitats, whilst still advancing your lab or field expertise.

In Year 3 you will further specialise into your areas of interest, and will have your own research project to design and undertake alongside our experienced academic staff.

Year 1 of this course will be all about biology. You will study all aspects from molecules to species and from healthy individuals to planetary health, and will develop a wide range of skills in both the lab and field.

In Year 2, you will start to apply your biological understanding to the areas of your interest, with choices including genetic engineering, medicinal plants and managing habitats, whilst still advancing your lab or field expertise.

In Year 3 you will further specialise into your areas of interest, and will have your own research project to design and undertake alongside our experienced academic staff.

Year 1 of this course will be all about biology. You will study all aspects from molecules to species and from healthy individuals to planetary health, and will develop a wide range of skills in both the lab and field.

In Year 2, you will start to apply your biological understanding to the areas of your interest, with choices including genetic engineering, medicinal plants and managing habitats, whilst still advancing your lab or field expertise.

In Year 3 you will further specialise into your areas of interest, and will have your own research project to design and undertake alongside our experienced academic staff.

Year 1 of this course will be all about biology. You will study all aspects from molecules to species and from healthy individuals to planetary health, and will develop a wide range of skills in both the lab and field.

In Year 2, you will start to apply your biological understanding to the areas of your interest, with choices including genetic engineering, medicinal plants and managing habitats, whilst still advancing your lab or field expertise.

In Year 3 you will further specialise into your areas of interest, and will have your own research project to design and undertake alongside our experienced academic staff.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 academic credits with a smaller number of 40 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 20 academic credits with a smaller number of 40 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 20 academic credits with a smaller number of 40 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 20 academic credits with a smaller number of 40 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.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Royal Society of Biology logo

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Royal Society of Biology logo

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Royal Society of Biology logo
BSc (Hons) Biological Science - Dr Angela Priestman

BSc (Hons) Biological Science - Dr Angela Priestman

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Dr Angela Priestman discusses the new pathway structure of our BSc (Hons) Biological Science degree and how will benefit students.

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Pre-Med

Genomics

Pharmacology

Ecology and Environmental Management

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Biological - Biomedical Placement Year 120 credits

Pre-Med

Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Biological - Biomedical Placement Year 120 credits

Genomics

Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Biological - Biomedical Placement Year 120 credits

Pharmacology

Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Biological - Biomedical Placement Year 120 credits

Ecology and Environmental Management

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Academic And Digital Skills 20 credits
Applied Science 20 credits
Biology 20 credits
Chemistry 20 credits
Communicating Science Project 20 credits
Maths And Data Handling 20 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Pre-Med

Genomics

Pharmacology

Ecology and Environmental Management

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

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

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

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

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

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

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Careers

Our Biological Science course has been designed with your employability in mind. It opens a wealth of opportunities in a variety of scientific fields.

Want to specialise further and work on in-depth research? Taking an MSc or PhD may be the ideal next step.

If you complete the genomics or pharmacology pathways, your skills will be particularly sought after within the rapidly growing life sciences sector. The UK is already an international leader in genomics.

Conservation and sustainability are also playing an increasingly important role in our society, giving you an ideal platform if you specialise in the ecology pathway.

Some Biological Science graduates go on to apply for graduate-level entry to medicine – the pre-med pathway is designed to equip you for this.

Possible career routes in biological sciences include:

  • Ecology consultancy (Average annual salary estimate £34,463 Glassdoor.co.uk Jan 2022)
  • Wildlife management
  • Habitat management
  • Sustainability
  • Agroecology
  • Clinical research associate (Average annual salary estimate £42,500 Glassdoor.co.uk Jan 2022)
  • Drug development/regulation
  • Research within academia or industry
  • Pharmacology
  • Treatment development
  • Science policy
  • Personalised medicine
  • Cancer genomics
  • Genetic counselling
  • Disease outbreak investigation
  • Clinical bioinformatics
  • Cancer research
  • Genomic science
  • Science communication

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

BSc (Hons) Biological Science - Brad Hales

BSc (Hons) Biological Science - Brad Hales

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Brad believes our Biological Science degree set him up perfectly for his future career.

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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.

Learning support

We are proud of the excellent support you will receive from our 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 Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. There is also emotional and mental health support available.

Feedback

Feedback may take a variety of formats and is wide ranging in its delivery. Discussions in session, comments on your class and directed study tasks, written feedback on formal assessments and opportunity to discuss this with your tutors and mentors. We understand the importance of feedback and value your comments and feedback on our sessions and activities, and you are provided with many opportunities to help us to improve.

Feedback may take a variety of formats and is wide ranging in its delivery. Discussions in session, comments on your class and directed study tasks, written feedback on formal assessments and opportunity to discuss this with your tutors and mentors. We understand the importance of feedback and value your comments and feedback on our sessions and activities, and you are provided with many opportunities to help us to improve.

Feedback may take a variety of formats and is wide ranging in its delivery. Discussions in session, comments on your class and directed study tasks, written feedback on formal assessments and opportunity to discuss this with your tutors and mentors. We understand the importance of feedback and value your comments and feedback on our sessions and activities, and you are provided with many opportunities to help us to improve.

Feedback may take a variety of formats and is wide ranging in its delivery. Discussions in session, comments on your class and directed study tasks, written feedback on formal assessments and opportunity to discuss this with your tutors and mentors. We understand the importance of feedback and value your comments and feedback on our sessions and activities, and you are provided with many opportunities to help us to improve.

Staffordshire University Nature Reserve

Staffordshire University Nature Reserve

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Join Dr Dave Skingsley (aka the Bug Botherer) on a crisp autumn morning for a tour of Staffordshire University's nature reserve.

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Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

 

Year 1

36% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
64% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

36% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
64% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

30% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
70% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, and a range of specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, and a range of specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, and a range of specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, and a range of specialist teaching areas.

Year 1

8% practical assessments
58% coursework
33% written exams

Year 2

17% practical assessments
62% coursework
22% written exams

Year 3

18% practical assessments
73% coursework
8% written exams

Staff

We have a range of interactive teaching styles from working collaboratively on projects, lab and field practicals, skills based workshops, and small group sessions. We are in the process of planning field courses, both national and international for the ecology pathway, and we hope to immerse you all in the University’s simulation suite. We are strengthening our links with our international university partners, and we hope you will be working alongside students in other countries on exciting projects. You will be given a variety of opportunities to demonstrate your understanding of the theory and skills in lab, field and data. Before these are formally assessed you will be given support and guidance on assessments. Each module contains both formative (supportive) and summative (marks that count towards your grade) assessments. There are many ways which we assess your skills, knowledge and abilities including blogs, wikis, reports, examinations, projects and portfolios.

Dr Dave Skingsley

Senior Lecturer

Dave is a entomologist with an background in physiology and pharmacology of invertebrates. He lectures at all levels of Biology.

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Fees

For the course starting on 11 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £16,750 per year of study

For the course starting on 11 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 18 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year at Stoke-on-Trent College
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 11 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSci Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £16,750 per year of study

UK 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 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).

Biological and Biomedical Science

Biological and Biomedical Science

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Find our more about the wide range of Biological and Biomedical Science undergraduate degrees available at Staffordshire University.

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Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

 

  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules 
  • Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year 
  • One lab coat provided for duration of course

 

  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules 
  • Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year 
  • One lab coat provided for duration of course

 

  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules 
  • Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year 
  • One lab coat provided for duration of course

 

  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules 
  • Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year 
  • One lab coat provided for duration of course
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

 

  • The estimated cost of text books over three years. Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address.
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips.

 

  • The estimated cost of text books over three years. Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address.
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips.

 

  • The estimated cost of text books over three years. Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address.
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips.

 

  • The estimated cost of text books over three years. Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address.
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips.
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

Currently I am on the Pre-Med pathway and I deliberately chose that pathway for me because I really enjoy learning about the subjects in relation to medicine as well as the possible advent of me and my degree being able to help other people in the future.

The best thing about my pathway is that it makes you very aware of all the systems and functions currently at play in your body and in the world. I have learned to appreciate the delicate balance between all the different systems we encompass and understanding the mechanisms behind them.

Britta Kuusik

BSc (Hons) Biological Science - Pre-med pathway

For me, the large range of modules and pathways available is one of the best aspects of Biological Science. It allows you to create a degree tailored to your specific scientific interests, or to explore new fields that you may have not have previously considered. Having a wide variety of choices allows you to take a more specialised path or to study more broadly depending on your interests or career goals.  

Becky Snow

BSc (Hons) Biological Science

Staffordshire University is one of the only universities that I've found in the UK which offers Pre-Med. 

The staff are really helpful and supportive - if you don't know anything, just ask. The staff are willing to help you regardless of the problem.

The lab is such a useful facility. I've been able to learn many things and gain so much experience. 

When I graduate from Staffs, I want to go into medical school to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. 

Phoom Lertsinsongserm

BSc (Hons) Biological Science

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Staffordshire University. I loved studying Biology and getting that crucial practical experience in the lab which proved essential for my career.

As a mature student I was anxious about returning to full time education, but the lecturers were incredibly supportive and made me believe in myself.

After graduating I was able to pursue a career in science and I love my job working in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory. I can't recommend this university enough, so if you are thinking about higher education then go for it!

Emma Stanfield

Biological Science graduate

I really enjoyed my course, particularly the amount of free reign my degree allowed me to take regarding module choice. I liked the assessment styles of some modules as they gave you a rather grand question which allowed you to tailor your answer to suit your passions and interests.

Going to Africa was the biggest moment of my life, and I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the University.

Dominic Moule

MSci Biological Science

All of the lecturers are so supportive and really do want the best for you.

To this day, doing my undergraduate degree at Staffordshire University was the greatest three years of my life.

All of the lecturers are so supportive and really do want the best for you. It's not like other universities where you are just known by your student number, they want you to matter and they know a lot about every student, which made my experience extremely personal.

The degree was fantastic and it has led me to achieve great things. I just qualified as a teacher of Science at a secondary school but I hope one day I will find my way back to Staffordshire University as I feel inspired to become a lecturer after meeting such a wonderful team of people.

Jade Parks

Biological Sciences graduate

The lecturers were amazing, always have time for you and you feel part of the family.

I went to an open day at Staffordshire university and was hooked!

The lecturers were amazing, always have time for you and you feel part of the family. Staffordshire University excels at allowing students with additional needs to reach their potential, by removing barriers to HE and always supporting you to achieve your best!

I left Staffordshire University a different person and went on to become a teacher and now a senior teacher who specialises in SEN and behaviour. Staffordshire empowered me so much, I've decided to come back and do my MSc and hopefully PhD.

Gianni Frary

Biological Sciences graduate

The skills I have gained have been directly transferable to a professional setting.

Changing career to study a Biological Sciences degree at Staffordshire University has without doubt been the best decision I have ever made. The modules on my course were very well organised and full of challenging, yet engaging, content including vital hands-on experience in the lab and out in the field.

I am incredibly grateful to all my lecturers and other staff that have supported me throughout my time there, all of whom are highly passionate, caring, and incredibly knowledgeable in their subject areas. As a Staffs Uni graduate, I have found that the skills I have gained have been directly transferable to a professional setting. This meant that I hit the ground running after graduating, being offered work within the ecology sector. 

Alex Fitzroy

Biological Science graduate

With the help, support and guidance of the team at Staffs Uni I achieved more than I expected. Following graduation I entered a career in Pathology at the University Hospital of North Midlands. I’m still at the UHNM to this day, thanks to the solid foundation the University gave me. It built my confidence, skill set, knowledge and understanding. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities given to me and those that opened up for me because of my time there. 

Kieran Bolton

Biological Sciences graduate

The great content in the modules, along with the high quality of academic staff and interesting laboratory sessions, helped deliver a very rounded experience which prepared me for a number of roles. I’m grateful for this experience as no doubt without this; I would not be where I am today.

Ashay Patel

Sales Executive, Randox Biosciences

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