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Biology (Joint Honours)

University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Resarch-informed teaching, exciting fieldwork and extensive practical lab work are hallmarks of Biology at Derby. Combine it with another subject and you’ll add a new dimension to your career potential. KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE:

  • TWO SUBJECTS, ONE DEGREE: A Joint Honours degree adds variety and interest to your studies. Studying Biology Joint Honours helps you to keep your career options open and marks you out as a versatile graduate with a broad portfolio of skills. You can combine Biology Joint Honours with a wide range of subjects at Derby – the full list can be found in the subject options below. Please ensure you add the second subject you wish to combine with Biology in the further details section when adding your choice in apply.
  • RANKINGS: Biosciences at Derby is ranked number one in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback (Guardian University Guide 2020).
  • REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE: Building on our strong partnerships with employers, we encourage you to go on a work placement as part of your studies. Such experience will add a new dimension to your CV and extend your professional networks.
  • WHAT YOU'LL STUDY: Overall, we cover three broad themes – whole organism; molecular and cellular; and environmental/ecological biology. Depending on your module selection you will learn about traditional topics such as human biology, genetics, evolution and ecology. As biology is constantly evolving, you may also get the chance to explore current issues such as the human genome and its impact on drug development and cancer therapies.
  • EXPERT TEACHING: Our teaching team are active researchers whose work is shaping debates in areas such as ecology, entomology and biodiversity, so your learning will be informed by some of the very latest research and developments in biology.
  • ADDRESS GLOBAL CHALLENGES: The content of this course is aligned to the priorities of global initiatives, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals where topics such as 'life on land', 'life below water' and 'good health and wellbeing' are a priority.
  • FACILITIES: Develop vital scientific skills in our high-spec laboratories, insectary, aquatic research facility (created in partnership with SeaLife, Birmingham) and dedicated student research laboratory.
  • TAILORED TO YOU: Our course offers a wide range of modules including microbiology, oncology, molecular biology, science communication, genetics and human biology as well as wildlife conservation, giving you plenty of choice to tailor your degree to the career you want.
  • By studying Biology as a Joint Honours subject, you will open up even more potential career routes once you graduate and will have a strong portfolio of transferable skills to impress potential employers. Our students have gone on to success in areas such as applied research, medical laboratory work, wildlife conservation, scientific sales, the media and management.
  • This course is also available as a single honours degree.

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Accounting
  • Analytics
  • Architectural Design
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Economics

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeJ1BI
Institution code D39
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 - 128 points For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer. Subject Specific requirements for Biology: At least a C in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science at A-level, or Science related BTEC/Access Diploma (or equivalent qualification) Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma or equivalent L3 qualifications including any specific subjects for your chosen combination. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification.
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits M: 24 credits P: 6 credits Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Must include passes in compulsory L3 subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Subject Specific requirements for Biology: At least a C in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science at A-level, or Science related BTEC/Access Diploma (or equivalent qualification)

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT) at CEFR level B2 or above

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 £14045 Year 1

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Biology (Joint Honours) at University of Derby - UCAS