University of Worcester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biology

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Course summary

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Overview Biology is one of the most actively changing subjects in the sciences, with biologists constantly seeking solutions to the many challenges that shape our world. You will engage with the subject at every level, from the molecular level through whole organisms and beyond to their relationships with each other and the wider environment. The course deals with many different groups of organisms in terms of their structure, development, physiology, metabolism and ecology. It also explains how a range of new techniques, such as the sequencing of the entire genomes of an increasing number of species, have added enormously to knowledge so that modern biologists can address questions that were unanswerable in the past. A key strength of the course is the clear link between this new information and established knowledge. For example, the new 'genomics' material is taught in association with Mendelian genetics and modern 'bioinformatics' methods are used to show how evolution can be followed by examining DNA and amino acid sequences from different species. If you choose the Animal Biology pathway, you will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of the animal kingdom and the natural world. You'll learn about the fundamentals of biology, from the functioning of a single cell right up to the processes that control reproduction and survival in complex organisms. Taking a broad approach to the subject is the strong feature of our Biological Science pathway. You will study all areas of Biology from DNA to physiology, from cells to ecosystems, from genetics to conservation. In this you will have the opportunity to undertake unique research opportunities in a field based on your area of interest. You’ll also get to explore the latest discoveries and their relationship with established biological principles. Following the Human Biology pathway provides you with insights into an age of unprecedented scientific discovery, with the mapping of the human genome and the potential of stem cell research revolutionising our understanding of how our bodies work. Opting to follow the Biochemistry pathway will enable you to explore the molecular machinery that lies at the heart of the cell and drives all living organisms. There is emphasis on human health, from the processes that cause cancer to the progression of Alzheimer's disease. In the fourth (masters) year, you will undertake a research-oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise in the Biology team. You'll learn more about the latest technologies that drive Biology research and the importance of its application to solve problems in the industry. Key features

  • Opportunity to explore a range of biological science topics and flexibility to focus on Animal Biology, Biological Science, Biochemistry or Human Biology.
  • Study on a four year Integrated Masters undergraduate degree in a friendly and supportive environment.
  • Gain extensive practical experience and knowledge by working with academic and technical experts in new and refurbished laboratories using a range of specialist equipment.
  • Obtain a valuable undergraduate Masters qualification and enhance your chances when applying for scientific jobs or a PhD degree.
  • Opportunity to undertake an optional international field trip on Biological Science and Animal Biology pathways (additional costs apply).
  • Links with local Wildlife Trusts and other environmental and conservations agencies, Sea Life Centres and Safari parks.
  • Volunteer as part of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Eco Campus initiative.
  • Excellent partnerships with many UK and international research institutions, including The Karolinska Institute - home of the Nobel Prize
  • New laboratories and extensive specialist equipment - an inspiring environment for you to develop your ideas
  • Accreditation with the Royal Society of Biology being sought

Course details

Modules

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Assessment method

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How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C1C1
Institution code:
W80
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

Qualification requirements

The University of Worcester accepts all qualifications within the Tariff, and normally looks for the equivalent of 3 A levels. More information can be found at http://www.worcester.ac.uk/journey/entry-requirements.html


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
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £13100* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

These fees are set by the University, but are subject to UK Government confirmation. The University expects to apply an inflationary increase to its published fee levels every academic year.
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