Biology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course options

There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options

Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview Discover how biology helps safeguard endangered species and fight disease on this BSc (Hons) Biology degree, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). You'll get the skills you need to turn your curiosity and love of nature into a career that matters.

  • Put your knowledge to work in our molecular biology labs, using world-class equipment such as our ancient DNA and gene analysis facilities, fluorescence microscopes and research greenhouse
  • Get involved with the European Xenopus Resource Centre, one of the largest frog resource facilities in the world
  • Explore the diversity of local ecosystems and go on field trips to destinations such as Dorset, Devon and Mexico
  • Have the chance to gain valuable work experience on a one-year placement or to spend a year studying abroad to experience a different culture and enhance your CV
  • Be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology when you graduate, which includes access to exclusive grants and awards
Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Careers and opportunities As the scientific study of life and living organisms, biology covers a huge variety of sub-disciplines – from ecology to genetics, botany to zoology – and everything in between. On this BSc (Hons) Biology degree, you’ll start the course with key biological theories, before being able to shape it to your interests and choose from specialist areas like animal science, enzymes, hydrology and environmental microbiology. You'll develop problem-solving, communication and numeracy skills alongside technical skills, and in your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate a research question for your honours project. Once you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and practical skills needed to work in areas including research, biotech, consultancy, teaching and journalism. You could also continue your studies to postgraduate level, such as on our MSc Applied Aquatic Biology. Graduate roles Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • microbiologist
  • microbiology laboratory technician
  • research scientist
  • science technician
  • medical laboratory assistant
  • grant administrator
  • medical writer
  • biomedical sales specialist
  • ecological surveyor
Graduate destinations They've gone on to work for organisations such as:
  • NHS
  • Ministry of Defence
  • European Xenopus Resource Centre
  • MGS Laboratories
Placement year After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Placements give you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you attractive to employers after graduation. You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas, or you could go independent by setting up and running your own business. Previous students have completed work placements at organisations including Pfizer and Thermo-Fisher Scientific. Whichever route you choose, you'll receive support and guidance. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search and support you throughout your placement year. Study abroad You'll also have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad on a conservation or research scheme to experience a different culture and enhance your CV.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include: Biodiversity and Evolution - 20 credits Ecology Plants and Human Impact - 20 credits Experimental Biology - 20 credits Graduate Employability skills - 20 credits Introduction to Cell Biology and Biochemistry - 20 credits Microbiology and Molecular Biology - 20 credits There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include: Genetics - 20 credits Research Skills - 20 credits Optional modules in this year include: Animal Adaptations - 20 credits Business for Biosciences - 20 credits Cell Biology - 20 credits Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology - 20 credits Development How Form and Function Changes - 20 credits Ecology Skills and Field Course - 20 credits Enzymes and Metabolism - 20 credits Introduction to Teaching - 20 credits Marine Organisms and Ecosystems - 20 credits Microbiology - 20 credits Modern Foreign Language (Institute-Wide Language Programme) - 20 credits Plant Diversity Development and Evolution - 20 credits Placement year (optional): This is an optional sandwich (placement) year. Biology Sandwich Year Work Placement - 120 credits Biology Sandwich Year Study Abroad - 120 credits Year 3 Core modules in this year include: Honours Project Science - 40 credits Optional modules in this year include: Climate Change - 20 credits Evolution Ecology and Environment - 20 credits Gene Organisation and Expression - 20 credits Genomics in Molecular Medicine - 20 credits Marine Ecology and Conservation - 20 credits Mechanisms of Development - 20 credits Microbiomes - 20 credits Surveying Terrestrial Habitats - 20 credits We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through written exams, coursework, essays and practical write-ups, presentations, multiple choice tests, a research project. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

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

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

Operated by the Office for Students
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Biology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS