Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biological Sciences

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Course summary

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Our BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences course focuses on the study of life, from the simplest organism to the complexity of the human species. Throughout the course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in an established, yet dynamic, area. You’ll gain a broad understanding and awareness in biological sciences during the first two years of the programme, before you choose to undertake our optional career boosting placement year, which can be completed in a wide variety of settings from research laboratories to pharmaceutical sales, or continue onto your final year. During the final year you will be able to select from a variety of specialist modules that meet your particular study and career interests. If you achieve a set minimum grade by the end of your second year, you will be given the opportunity to transfer onto the MBiol programme, should you wish to. The purpose of the MBiol course is to produce graduates with the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake a career in research particularly in the area of human health and disease. The highlight is a 6 month final year project in a research laboratory, where you can work alongside post-graduates and post-doctoral fellows. Our graduates enter a wide range of professional careers, including research, health, welfare and the biological industries. In addition to scientific positions, some graduates enter general management and personnel work as well as product development and marketing while some continue with postgraduate study to masters and PhD levels. . Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, certified as containing a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.
  • Our optional placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects.
  • Opportunity to transfer onto the MBiol programme, should you wish to. The highlight is a 6 month final year project in a research laboratory, where you can work alongside post-graduates and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020).
  • 93.8% of Aston Biological Sciences students were happy with the teaching on their course (NSS, 2019).
  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Biological Sciences,Complete University Guide, 2020).

Course details


Year 1 In your first year you will be introduced to a range of key bioscience topics that will be the fundamental building blocks for your biological sciences education. You’ll gain knowledge of the structure, function, synthesis and degradation of biomolecules, discover how genetic material is stored and inherited and learn to describe the structures and key components of cells. You will also start to undertake laboratory work, learning how to work safely and complete reports. Year 2 During the second year you will build on and learn to integrate the knowledge gained in your first year, as well as discovering exciting new topics. You will develop the skills to apply fundamental biological concepts to experimental and real world problems and learn to select appropriate experimental approaches and test hypotheses. Placement year (optional) Gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Undertake your placement in a wide variety of settings such as hospital, industrial or research laboratories or non-laboratory settings. Placements can be taken in the UK, EU or internationally. Final year The final year of your studies will provide you with the skills required to complete a substantial original research project. You’ll learn how to critically review scientific literature, create and test hypotheses using appropriate methodologies and how to critically reflect on their own research. You will also have the opportunity to apply your previously acquired knowledge to a range of advanced topics, selecting those that most suit your future career aspirations. For more information, please visit our website.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Admissions Review Process All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. Find out more about our admissions policy. Applicant Visit Days Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £18900 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity **The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course. *** International Students: Tuition fees for international students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
Biological Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS