Biological Sciences, BSc Hons

Biological Sciences, BSc Hons

This is a career-oriented programme that will allow you to gain a strong foundation in key areas of molecular biological sciences and develop a wide range of scientific skills to prepare you for employment or for further study.

The programme has a strong emphasis on hands-on practical work, and one quarter of the assessment in the first two years is practical based. In addition, there is a student-led project in the final year. The programme can be studied full or part-time and may include a sandwich year in industry.

You should apply for this programme if you are interested in basic research and development, teaching, or in working in hospital laboratories, multidisciplinary biological environments, the scientific civil service or scientific journalism. A significant proportion of our graduates pursue further study towards Masters and PhD level degrees and careers in research.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with a knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, biochemistry, and medical sciences as well as the practical applications of the biological sciences
  • To prepare students for work in the field of biological sciences, and to develop the necessary professional and transferable skills through a variety of stimulating and varied learning environments that can be built on throughout the students' professional life.

UCAS code

C900 M BSc/Bio

Department

Life & Sports Sciences

Location

Medway Campus

Attendance

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

300 UCAS points

FROM A-level biology and another science subject, preferably chemistry

OR BTEC National, AVCE or Advanced GNVQ grades, or equivalent qualifications

PLUS a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and mathematics) or equivalent qualifications.

We welcome applications from mature students.

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, coursework, presentations, laboratory reports and a project report.

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised by the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

Career options

Opportunities include conducting scientific research in academic, governmental, or commercial laboratories (including biotechnology companies and health testing laboratories) scientific writing and publishing, medical equipment sales, science teaching, and postgraduate studies leading to an MSc or PhD degree.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 75 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 5

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options.

Sandwich

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Work Placement Course - MS

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 75 credits from this list of options.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Chemical, Pharm. & Life Sci.

From forensic science and chemistry to pharmaceutical science and human nutrition. Whatever you choose to study you will be taught by experienced staff in state-of-the-art labs and gain important skills.

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