BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology

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Why choose this course?

  • Experience bioinformatics and lab techniques in modern facilities
  • Explore the relationship between genomics and important discoveries
  • Explore contemporary problems, taught by experienced researchers

Cancers, muscular atrophy and measles. You want to learn how to find the cure to such diseases. Join our aspiring Geneticists and Molecular Biologists that are investigating mechanisms and treatment of life-threatening genetic and infectious diseases. You’ll use modern facilities in our five-storey science building to learn key molecular biology techniques. You’ll get to do bioinformatics analysis and genetic manipulation in bacteria and cell culture. You’ll even have exclusive access to designated IT rooms to use specialised computing software.  

Learn current developments from experts in the industry. Share your breakthroughs in interpreting complex data. Discuss molecular case studies with peers. The theory we'll teach you is important. But the practical experience you will gain will invaluable. You’ll graduate with all the credentials you need to make you desirable in science industries. You’ll be eligible to apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology once you complete your degree. The transferable skills you gain will be applicable in a wide range of jobs. Maybe you want to enter the world of business, education, research or even politics. That’s all doable.

You will be exploring many new areas in this degree. Rest assured; we are with you all the way. You’ll have the time of a personal tutor, who can support you in gaining subject-specific exam techniques, scientific writing and data interpretations. We’ll show you how to reference and more importantly, how to avoid plagiarism. 

The more you learn more, the more you’ll form specialist interests. You may find you really enjoy chemistry genetics in biochemistry. Or maybe you prefer pharmacology. That’s why we give you the chance to experience a range of optional modules before committing to the molecular biology pathway. We believe in flexibility. We will guide you to study what you really love. 

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What's the course about?

This degree is all about the study of biology at the molecular level, providing novel insights into the nature of genes and proteins and the relationship between them. You might already know that DNA carries all the information that determines the structure of proteins. Nowadays, we can read and re-write its sequences to measure the effects of those changes in living cells. This means, you’ll get the opportunity to be a part of a new era that can investigate organisms at their most fundamental level. Explore how cells take instructions, grow and divide. Learn how specialised cells differentiate and how they make up millions of different life forms. You can gain practical experience in genetic manipulation. These technical skills are highly valued by employers, giving you the tools, you need to succeed in your future career pathway when you leave us. 

In your first year you will gain a solid foundation in areas such as genetics, how drugs work inside our bodies and how viruses and fungi are formed and spread. You will also be able to choose two optional modules. Would you like to explore the chemical principles that underlie biological processes? Or maybe focus on the organic, structural and physical chemistry in biochemical and pharmaceutical sciences? The choice is yours.  

In your second year you’ll specialise even more. You will learn about the different research methods applied to study diseases and drugs. You can even start your medical work experience at this point if you want to.  

Work placement/study abroad option: Between your second and final year, you’ll have the option to study abroad or do a work placement for up to a year. Not only will this give you invaluable experience of a clinical, diagnostic or research workplace, it will also give your CV a boost. If you’d rather go straight to your final year, that’s absolutely fine too. 

In your final year you’ll find that you have grown to love certain topics that you just need to delve deeper into. All modules are optional, whether you’d like to look at disease, blood or medicine. In this year, you will also do a major project or dissertation in your chosen area of research.  

You’ll enjoy 20 hours of contact time, with lectures and workshops taking up about 6-10 hours per week. The remaining time is devoted to practical work. Throughout your degree, you will be assessed in a variety of ways. This will include exams, literature reviews, portfolios, lab reports, practical's and presentations. Coursework assessments account for around 50-100% per module. 

Your main campus is College Lane

This is where the creative arts, science and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.  

What will I study?

Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.   

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 (2-4 modules). The modules you will study each year will depend on how they fit together on the timetable.  For some modules, there are several sessions running for each workshop and practical.  As a part-time student you will be able to choose the workshop slots that best fit your schedule, though there might be some timetabling restrictions.