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Biology is the scientific study of living organisms and deals with every aspect of life. During the course you’ll examine the physiology of the human body and how it’s affected by disease and drugs. You’ll study the structure, biochemistry and mechanics of the cell, as well as evolutionary processes and genetics, both in mammals and microorganisms. As you progress, you’ll choose from a wide range of modules including blood sciences, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology and drug discovery. You’ll also have the chance to study abroad or take a year’s work placement, either of which will boost your employability. Ultimately, you’ll gain the technical, analytical and practical skills needed to investigate biological phenomena in microorganisms, plants, humans and animals. This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

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.

Find out more about our teaching staff across the Biosciences

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What job can I get?

Our graduates are highly sought after. They find employment in the pharmaceutical, food and drink, agrochemical and biotechnology industries, as well as in industrial, academic and charity-funded research. Jobs include drug safety coordinator, lab scientist, microbiologist, research assistant and donor transplant assistant.

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.

Course details

Careers

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 third 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:

Europe:

  • 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.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Human Physiology with Pharmacology - 30 Credits
  • Practical and Transferable Skills - 30 Credits
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Chemistry for Biologists - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

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

Optional

  • Bioscience Work Experience - 15 Credits
  • Microbiology of Disease - 15 Credits
  • Cytology and Histopathology - 15 Credits
  • Blood Sciences - 30 Credits
  • Biology of Disease - 15 Credits
  • Pharmacology - 30 Credits
  • Biochemistry - 30 Credits
  • Biochemistry for Pharmacology - 15 Credits
  • Chemistry and Analytical Science - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Project - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Clinical Microbiology - 15 Credits
  • Year Abroad: Bioscience - 0 Credits
  • Sandwich Placement; Bioscience - 0 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
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology - 30 Credits
  • Applied and Integrated Biomedical Science - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

There are no compulsory additional expenses for this course. Where you will use an EVS handset, Lab coats and log books, these will be provided as part of your course fees.

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...

2019 entry

104 - 168 UCAS points

A Levels

Including 2 science GCE A Levels (or equivalent) one of which must be a grade C in either Biology or Chemistry (acceptable Science A levels are Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Maths, Physics, Geography, Psychology, ICT, Sports Studies).

BTECs

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (depending on optional units studied) with DMM profile. 

Access to Science Diploma

Access to Science Diploma with 45 Level credits at merit profile.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB at 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 (C) 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.

Find out more about international application requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)