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Natural Sciences (Biology) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Natural Sciences (Biology) degree will equip you with a broad knowledge of science subjects, reflecting the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of scientific research and enterprise. The flexible structure of the Natural Sciences (Biology) BSc allows you to tailor the degree towards your personal interests, whilst providing the core laboratory, IT and performance skills you'll need to succeed in your career.

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More about this course

This course will develop your technical and transferable skills across a range of subjects within the natural sciences.

On completion of this degree you'll be fully prepared to pursue postgraduate study or work in several areas of the chemical, biological or pharmaceutical industries. Practicals and projects are conducted in one of the largest and most advanced science teaching facilities in Europe, with access to 280 workstations and specialist laboratory equipment. Our Learning Centre has many areas for group or independent study with Wi-Fi and computer facilities.

Membership of the Life Sciences Society also gives you the opportunity to attend several social and professional events. This welcoming society helps you to build employability skills suitable for careers within life sciences.

Your first year will cover the fundamentals of physical, chemical and biological sciences, both theoretically and practically in the laboratory.

As the course progresses, you’ll have the chance to explore the practical and technical aspects of the natural sciences at a more in-depth level as well as having the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you such as bioinformatics, medical genetics, toxicology or bioanalytical science.

In your final year, you’ll undertake a year-long research project on a topic of your choosing within the natural sciences. You’ll also have the option to undertake an on-the-job placement as part of your degree, giving you valuable hands-on experience and exposure to the industry.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through mini-tests, practical reports, posters, presentations, essays, short-answer tests and examinations.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code CF12
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • A minimum of grades BCC from three A levels including grades CC or above in Biology and another Science (or a minimum of 104 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Entry from appropriate foundation or access courses will also be considered.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Sciences Extended Degree BSc (Hons).

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

Year 1:

  • Concepts in Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Laboratory Science
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry

Year 2:

  • Analytical Science
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Metabolism
  • Parasitology
  • Principles of Pharmacodynamics and Drug Actions
  • Human Immunity

Year 3:

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling
  • Natural Products
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Advanced Bioanalytical Science
  • Medical Genetics
  • Work Placement
  • Ethics for Science

After the course

You’ll leave this course equipped for a career in biological research, in hospital and public health laboratories or in the pharmaceutical, food, water and agricultural industries.

You could choose to work in sectors such as education or bioanalytics, with roles such as developer or laboratory technician. You’ll also develop the IT, research and analytical skills that are valued by employers in many different industries such as accountancy, journalism and marketing.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

If you’re a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.