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.
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.
You'll be assessed through mini-tests, practical reports, posters, presentations, essays, short-answer tests and examinations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
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).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
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.
Example modules include:
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.
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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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.
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.
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