About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Bioscience (Molecular Biology)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Bioscience (Molecular Biology)

Why choose this course?

  • Molecular Biology involves the study of biology at the molecular level, providing an insight into the building blocks of life itself.
  • DNA carries the hereditary information that determines the structures of proteins. It contains through which cells are instructed to grow and divide, to differentiate into specialized cells thereby generating the millions of different life forms that exist.
  • The university has excellent research facilities for molecular biology enabling students to experience key techniques for example, PCR and bioinformatics.

Find out more about our teaching staff across the Biosciences

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Professional Accreditations

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.

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Course details


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).

What job can I get?

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.

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

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,
  • Link&##333;ping Universitetet - Link&##333;ping, 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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Human Physiology with Pharmacology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practical and Transferable Skills 30 Credits Compulsory
    Molecular Biology and Genetics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Core Biochemistry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cell and Microbiology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Chemistry for Biologists 15 Credits Optional
    Molecular Structure and Reactivity 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Bioscience Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Microbiology of Disease 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Immunology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Biology of Disease 15 Credits Compulsory
    Genes and Genomes 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cell and Molecular Biology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Biochemistry 30 Credits Compulsory
    Bioscience Work Experience 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Molecular Medicine 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cell Differentiation and Development 30 Credits Compulsory
    Applied and Integrated Molecular Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cellular and Molecular Pathology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad: Bioscience 0 Credits Optional
    Sandwich Placement; Bioscience 0 Credits Optional
  • 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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    112BBC: 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, Physics,  ICT and Sports Studies).DMM: Extended Diploma in Applied Science (depending on optional units studied) with DMM profile.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/201923/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    23/09/201923/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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    28/09/202027/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202023/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    23/09/202023/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202127/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202123/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    23/09/202123/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students