Now that scientists can read and change DNA sequences, a new era has arrived in which it’s possible to investigate organisms at their most fundamental level. That means we have the opportunity to find pioneering ways to prevent or find cures for genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and cancer. It could even help us discover more about our origins and who we really are. This course will give you the specialist theoretical knowledge and practical experience of gene manipulation and the analysis of nucleic acids and proteins. It will also show you how this can be applied to the study of health, disease and the natural environment. This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
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Graduates can find employment in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as in industrial, academic and charity-funded research. Some graduates also go on to work in clinical trial companies, in education and in healthcare as cytogeneticists or, with further study, as genetic counsellors.
All Biosciences graduates in Molecular Biology 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.
This programme gives you flexibility in your studies at university resulting in flexibility in your choice of career at the end of your course. You will acquire a much broader base of knowledge and experience that could really widen your employment opportunities. Graduates have found employment in diverse roles such as computer programmers, design engineers, management development specialists, accountants and project managers. 75% or our students have gone on to work or study after graduation (Unistats, 2013).
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
*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.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
104 - 168 UCAS points
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).
BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (depending on optional units studied) with DMM profile.
Access to Science Diploma with 45 Level credits at merit profile.
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.
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.
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