BSc (Hons) Biological Science

Available to non EU students

About the course


Biology is the scientific study of living organisms and deals with every aspect of life. Your study of biological sciences will examine the physiology of the human body, and how it is affected by disease and drug. You will study the structure, biochemistry, and mechanics of the cell, evolutionary processes and genetics, both in mammals and micro-organisms. All of this will be accomplished in your first year!

The School has excellent facilities for chemical and biomedical analysis, genetics and cell biology studies and students have access to the latest equipment for chemical synthesis and purification, PCR, qPCR and 2D protein gel analysis systems for use during their final year projects.

"Studying the Biological Sciences course gives me the freedom of choosing optional modules that I will enjoy and be more likely to succeed at. This opportunity aids my enthusiasm for the course, while allowing me to explore a huge variety of skills. This is highly beneficial as it provides me with the chance to be able to apply for jobs in many different sectors after graduating." Ozlem (second year student)

Why choose this course?

  • Biology is a discipline with a broad range of applications affecting many areas of human activity.  You will study life at all levels from molecules, through organelles and cells, to whole organisms.  You will gain the technical, analytical and practical skills needed to investigate biological phenomena in microorganisms, plants, human beings and other animals.
  • The Biological Science programme offers you flexibility and a broad range of options for study.  The first year provides a solid foundation in all aspects of biology including topics in areas such as physiology, biochemistry, genetics and cell biology.  It also gives you an opportunity to start developing your practical skills in the laboratory.   At second and final year you can choose from a range of modules from across our biosciences courses according to your particular interests. 
  • The degree provides a stepping stone to a wide range of scientific careers, including teaching.

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Professional Accreditations

All Biosciences graduates in Biological Sciences are eligible for graduate membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.


Our Biosciences graduates are highly sought after by employers in the industry due to the reputation of our teaching, the vocational element to our degrees and the fact that many of our students already have a year's work experience when they graduate which they gain in the sandwich year. Graduates can find employment in the pharmaceutical, food and drink, agrochemical and biotechnology industries as well as in industrial, academic and charity funded research. Some graduates also go on to work in health care and environment agencies. First salaries range from £12,000 to £22,000 pa.

Typical job titles of recent graduates:

  • Trainee Biomedical Scientist,,
  • Clinical Trials Associate,
  • Drug Safety Coordinator,
  • Medical Representative,
  • Lab Scientist,
  • Microbiologist,
  • Research Assistant,
  • Tissue Culture Technologist,
  • Donor Transplant Assistant.

Typical employers of recent graduates:

  • Pfizer,
  • Denfleet Pharma Ltd,
  • Health Protection Agency,
  • GlaxoSmithKline,
  • AstraZeneca,
  • NHS Trusts
  • Lark Technology.

Teaching methods

You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.

You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the programme including:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Part-time study
If you are studying part-time you will have up to 7 years to complete your course from registration. You will complete 60 credits per year and the modules you will study each year will depend on how they fit together on the timetable.  For some modules there are several sessions run for each workshop and practical.  As a part-time student you will be able to choose the slots that fit best with when you are at the University for other teaching sessions,

Work Placement

All Biosciences students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or study overseas in Europe or North America during their 3rd year.

Work placements are usually paid. Current employers and job titles are listed below:

  • GlaxoSmithKline: Data Management - Uxbridge,
  • Guy's Hospital: Drug Research Unit - London,
  • Imperial College: Toxicology Unit, Faculty of Medicine - London,
  • Medical Research Council - Mill Hill,
  • Medifix Adhesive Products - Luton,
  • Mount Vernon hospital: Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust Institute of Reconstructive, Plastic and Burns Surgery Research - Middlesex ,
  • MRC: Human Genome Project - Hinxton,
  • National Biological Standards Board - Potter's Bar,
  • Roche UK - Welwyn Garden City,
  • St. Bartholomew's & The Royal London: School of Medicine - London and St.George Medical School - London,
  • St.George's Hospital: Analytical Unit - London,
  • Syngenta Seeds - Cambridge,
  • University of Hertfordshire: Biodeterioration Centre - Hatfield.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Our overseas partners include:


  • Université Libre de Bruxelles - Brussels, Belgium,
  • Universidad de Alcalá de Henarez - Madrid, Spain,
  • Universidad Católica San Antonio De Murcia, Spain,
  • Linkping Universitetet - Linkping, Sweden,
  • Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen - Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

North America:

  • Bemidji State University - USA,
  • Bishops University, Canada,
  • Central Connecticut State University - USA,
  • Concordia University, Canada,
  • Ecole Polytechnique - Canada,
  • ETS - Canada,
  • Kansas State University - USA,
  • Laval University - Canada,
  • McGill University - Canada,
  • Oklahoma State University - USA,
  • Sherbrooke University - Canada,
  • University of Missouri at Rolla - USA,
  • University of Montreal - Canada,
  • University of Oklahoma - USA,
  • University of Toledo - USA,
  • University of Wisconsin at Au Claire - USA,
  • University of Wisconsin at Whitewater - USA,
  • UQTR - Canada,
  • West Virginia University - USA.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Biochemistry - 15 Credits
  • Human Physiology with Pharmacology - 30 Credits
  • Chemistry for Biologists - 15 Credits
  • Cell and Microbiology - 15 Credits
  • Practical and Transferable Skills - 30 Credits
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Bioscience Research Methods - 15 Credits
  • Molecular and Cell Biology - 30 Credits
  • Principles of Immunology - 15 Credits


  • Microbiology of Disease - 15 Credits
  • Cytology and Histopathology - 15 Credits
  • Blood Sciences - 30 Credits
  • Biology of Disease - 15 Credits
  • Chemistry and Analytical Science - 30 Credits
  • Dosage, Form, Design and Manufacture - 30 Credits
  • Pharmacology - 30 Credits
  • Metabolic Biochemistry - 15 Credits
  • Regulatory Biochemistry - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Project - 30 Credits


  • Applied and Integrated Biomedical Science - 15 Credits
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology - 30 Credits
  • Clinical Microbiology - 15 Credits
  • Year Abroad: Bioscience - 0 Credits
  • Sandwich Placement; Bioscience - 0 Credits
  • Pharmaceutical Synthesis, Production and Analysis - 30 Credits
  • Drug Discovery, Design, Formulation and Delivery - 30 Credits
  • Applied and Integrated Pharmacological Science - 15 Credits
  • Neurobiology and Disease - 30 Credits
  • Translation of Science into Medicine - 15 Credits
  • Therapeutic Pharmacology - 30 Credits
  • Molecular Medicine - 15 Credits
  • Cell Differentiation and Development - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Biochemistry - 30 Credits
  • Applied and Integrated Molecular Science - 15 Credits
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry

104 UCAS points

Including 2 science GCE A Levels (or equivalent) one of which must be a grade C in either biology or chemistry (acceptable A levels are Human Biology, Psychology, Geography, Maths and Physics).

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with DMM.  Access to Science Diploma with 45 Level credits at merit profile.

IB offer 104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include Biology or Chemistry and one other Science (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

Plus GCSE English language, mathematics and double science at grade 4 or above (or 2 single sciences) A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

How to apply


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28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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