University of Leicester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biological Sciences

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Course summary

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From the simplest to the most complex organisms, from molecules to the evolution of species and medicine, the living world is endlessly complex and fascinating. On the MBiolSci, you will hone your research and laboratory skills and extend your specialised BSc programme into a fourth year of masters level study. As the knowledge base in the biological sciences grows and becomes relevant to so many other physical and social sciences and subjects, the ability to think broadly about biology and to apply your knowledge across the boundaries of traditional disciplines is a valuable and powerful asset in both scientific environments and in many other walks of life. This is the most flexible of all our biological sciences degrees. Packed with exciting subjects and transferable employability skills, you will get the maximum choice of topics to choose from in Years 2 and 3. This means that you can learn about the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the full range of biological sciences or you can focus on just the parts that you develop a passion for; you can even see these mechanisms in action on field trips. The analytical and critical skills you acquire by studying Biological Sciences are valued by researchers and employers in non-scientific fields. This flexible and broad-based four-year degree allows you to cross biological boundaries. The first three years are the same as the BSc in Biological Sciences, including the option of a year spent abroad or working in industry. In your final year you will specialise further, upgrading your degree to an MBiolSci (Master of Biological Sciences) and experiencing a seamless transition to specialised higher level study with a focus on research and transferable employability skills. The specialisms available are: Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) Biological Sciences (Genetics) Biological Sciences (Microbiology) Biological Sciences (Neuroscience) Biological Sciences (Physiology with Pharmacology) Biological Sciences (Zoology) Our seven Biological Sciences degrees cover major aspects of biology and molecular sciences across a wide range of organisms from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. Our four Medical Sciences degrees focus more closely on the application of those biological principles to medicine. There is the possibility of transferring across from our Biological Sciences degrees to our Medical Sciences degrees within the first semester of Year 1.

Course details

Modules

At the University of Leicester, our Biological Sciences degrees are actually seven degrees in one. You can apply for this general degree in Biological Sciences or any of our six specialist degrees. Whichever degree you choose, your first year will be the same and you will have the same choice of modules in your second year and again in your final year. Selecting particular modules in your second and final years will steer you towards one of our specialist degrees (which doesn't have to be the one you originally applied for). Or you can make your own selection of modules in those years and graduate with the broad knowledge that comes from this non-specialised degree.


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 codeC103
Institution code L34
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
A level ABB including at least two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. General Studies is not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Applied Science. Applied Science (Medical Science), Applied Science (Forensic Science) diploma content required, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.. Other subjects may be considered if supplemented by a relevant A-level science grade B or above. This is reviewed on a case-by-case subject to review of your overall academic portfolio and application.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits A strong science Access course is required. Please contact Admissions Office before applying to check acceptability for Access module content and your overall academic profile.
Scottish Higher AABBB including at least two relevant science subjects from from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
AS Two AS subjects may be considered in place of one A-level. Must be taken alongside two full A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Applied Science Diploma considered with an A-level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, plus standard GCSE requirements. Applied Science Diploma considered with an non-science A-level, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two Higher Level science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Mathematics, or 4 in SL Mathematics, or 5 in SL Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if IELTS 6.5 or equivalent not held.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted in place of a third A-level at grade B or above, provided at least two relevant science A-level subjects are taken from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Extended Project Considered with three A-levels. Typical offer BBB + EPQ at grade B. A- level subjects to include at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, M2, M2 including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C/4 in GCSE English and Mathematics if not held at A/AS level

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.


English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

For further details of our English Language requirements please see our website

https://le.ac.uk/study/international-students/english-language-requirements


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

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for home and EU students is reviewed annually and for the academic year 2020/21 it is £9,250. The fees for following years have not yet been decided but are likely to increase each year in line with inflation, subject to government regulations. The inflation rate used will be RPIX, which includes all the items in the Retail Price Index, excluding mortgage payments. For your information, the inflation rate used by the Government when increasing the tuition fee from £9,000 to £9,250 was 2.8%. Fees for international students can be found on the individual course pages. https://le.ac.uk/courses For further information about fees and funding please see the following page of the University website: https://le.ac.uk/student-life/undergraduates/fees-funding
Biological Sciences at University of Leicester - UCAS