Biology is a wide and fascinating subject, involving the scientific study of living organisms from bacteria to the largest mammals, and this course will help you to develop knowledge and skills to open up a range of exciting career opportunities. Biology at Swansea is ranked 1st in the UK for overall satisfaction by the National Student Survey 2021. As a student on the BSc Biology with a Year in Industry degree, you will study in our new laboratories within a state-of-the-art £4.2m science lab facility. The £1.3m Visualisation Centre, which displays and manipulates multi-dimensional information from animal tag monitoring, is unique in the world; and we also have a £1.6m purpose-built 18m catamaran-class survey vessel equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment. This subject gives you a wide range of specialist and generic skills that can lead to career opportunities around the world in fields such as medicine, veterinary science, environmental management and conservation, and teaching. You will study in a research-intensive environment - 7th in the UK for Research Excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014-2021) – and you will learn from academics at the cutting-edge of their fields. Our renowned team includes Professor Rory Wilson, Rolex Laureate and Chief Scientific Consultant behind National Geographic’s Great Migrations, who invented the Daily Diary tag to monitor animal movement and behaviour; and Professor Tariq Butt, who specialises in the bio-control of crops (fungi) and develops products and strategies for pest control. Our experts advised on the Blue Planet II TV series, and our staff also includes Associate Professor Carole Llewellyn, whose innovative algal research is helping provide solutions to global challenges of climate, human health, bioenergy, food security and industrial biotechnology. The BSc Biology course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, and covers themes including animal and marine welfare and conservation, the biological control of invertebrate pests, microbiology, and ocean and climate. Our proximity to a diverse range of contrasting environments plus our own facilities provides a wide scope for customising your learning experience. Local, residential and international field courses will allow you to work in habitats such as the spectacular marine coastal ecosystems, freshwater/wetland environments and terrestrial habitats of Gower. You will spend the third of your four years on an industrial placement, putting your skills into practice and greatly enhancing your employability. “During my time here, I have developed a fascination with animal behaviour. I have learned so much from the inspirational biosciences staff, about such a broad range of topics. Swansea has provided me with amazing opportunities to do science in the great outdoors and put theory into practice. From spending a summer on the research vessel conducting benthic surveys to hiking around the winelands of South Africa researching baboon behaviour to taking an interdisciplinary approach researching impacts of hydro-electric power plants in the Sikkim Himalayas.” - Charlotte Rees Roderick, Biology graduate We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.
Year 1: Areas studied typically include: animal diversity; form and function; cellular and microbial biology; marine and terrestrial ecology and animal behaviour; molecular and evolutionary biology; plants and algae – diversity, form and function and core skills for bioscientists. Year 2: Areas studied typically include: animal physiology; cell and immunobiology; coastal marine ecology; ecological microbiology and the cycles of life; ichthyology; molecular ecology; parasitology; plant ecology; terrestrial vertebrates; field ecology (residential) and animal conservation and welfare. Year 3: You will spend this year on an industrial placement, putting your skills into practice and greatly enhancing your employability. Year 4: Areas studied typically include: biodiversity; biological control of invertebrate pests; epidemiology of infectious diseases; physics for biologists; plant conservation and ecology; sensory ecology; laboratory or field professional skills, phylogeny and macroevolution, hormones and behaviour, international field courses.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and discussion groups supported by practical classes and field courses. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework and a practical research project.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
- Course code:
- Institution code:
- Campus name:
- Singleton Park Campus
- Campus code:
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. 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
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Swansea University Admissions Office
The Admissions Office, Swansea University