Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biological Sciences

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Course summary

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From the gene to the cell, to the whole person; if you have a passion for exploring how the human body works, study our BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences course. Biological science asks deeper questions about the human body and challenges facing humankind such as; Why are some people more prone to certain diseases and medical conditions than others? How can we ensure that people remain healthier as they get older? Why do bacteria evolve to defend themselves against antibiotics and what can we do about it in the future? In its attempt to answer these questions, biology encompasses many areas of scientific study such as living organisms, life cycles, adaptations, and the environment. Biological science also incorporates a wealth of exciting and diverse topics from biochemistry and biotechnology to genetics, microbiology and physiology. Biological Sciences at Aston offers you an incredible mix of top-quality teaching, world class research and the opportunity to gain real world experience with our optional placement year. For those who achieve the required grades in the second year, you will be given the option to enhance your learning by transferring onto our integrated masters MBiol programme; giving you the platform to be a research and development leader and innovator of the future. The best way to prepare you for your future career is to gain experience in the real world of work. That's why our course offers you the option to complete an integrated placement year, taken between the second and final years of your degree. Designed to make you stand out in the graduate crowd, you can undertake placements in hospital, industrial or research laboratories, as well as non-laboratory settings. 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.
  • Enhance and develop your specialist research and laboratory skills with our optional MBiol masters year, which allows you to undertake a 6 month final year project in a research laboratory.
  • Top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2021).
  • 94.74% of BSc Biological Sciences students were satisfied with their course (National Student Survey, 2020).
  • Top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2021).

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Study a range of key bioscience topics where you will gain knowledge of the structure, function, synthesis and degradation of biomolecules, how genetic material is stored and inherited, and how to work safely in a laboratory setting. Core modules: Biomolecules, Cells to Systems, Microbiology and Genetics, and Metabolic Physiology for Biology. Year 2 Build your knowledge gained in your first year, as well as discovering exciting new topics all while developing the skills to apply fundamental biological concepts to experimental and real world problems. Core modules: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Mechanisms of Pathology, Human Disease, and Cell Signalling and Physiology. Placement year (optional) Opportunity to 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 (BSc) Develop the skills required to complete a substantial original research project and choose from a selection of advanced subjects those that most suit your future career aspirations. Core modules includeResearch Project Preparation, Research Project, and Professional Development for Biological Scientists. In addition, you will complete a series of specialist optional modules. Final year MBiol (optional) Complete a substantial six-month research project, where you will get the opportunity to work alongside postgraduates and post-doctoral fellows in addition to studying advanced masters level modules. Core modules include Advanced Lab Skills with Data Analysis and Interpretation, Laboratory Competence Training, MBiol Key Skills, and MBiol Laboratory Research Project. In addition, you will complete a small number of specialist modules. For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment method

You will be continuously assessed throughout the course with a wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes, such as exams, essay writing, practical and laboratory reports, presentations and peer assessment.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

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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Student satisfaction
58%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
88%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £19300 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2021 entry. 2022 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: https://www.ucas.com/finance/finance-international-and-eu-students. ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. ^^Tuition fees for 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. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.
Biological Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS