University of Portsmouth

Biology University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate


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Are you excited by the natural world and want to be on the frontline of tackling issues like fighting disease, protecting endangered species, and combating food and water shortages?

This accredited BSc (Hons) Biology degree course gives you the knowledge and skills to support your interest in living things.

With it, you can build a career in education, research, scientific journalism or the biotechnology and environmental sectors. You'll also be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Society of Biology.

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification is recognised in the industry. This gives you an edge over those who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:

  • Develop your knowledge and abilities by learning from internationally recognised scientists who are leading the way in their respective fields

  • Cover areas at the forefront of scientific endeavour, including biotechnology, ecology, cell biology and molecular biology

  • Put your knowledge to work in the lab, using world-class equipment and the latest technology

  • Specialise in subjects that interest you most, from marine and terrestrial biology, to molecular genetics

  • Develop problem-solving, communication and numeracy skills alongside technical skills

  • Explore the diversity of local ecosystems and go on field trips to UK and tropical destinations such as Lulworth Cove, Devon and Mexico

  • Have the chance to study abroad on a conservation or research scheme

  • Equipment you can use on this course includes:

  • molecular biology instrumentation

  • chemical analysis facilities for detecting pollutants

  • fluorescence microscopes, scanning and transmission electron microscopes

Facilities you can use include:

  • microbiology and embryology laboratories with high-tech imaging and gene analysis equipment

  • ancient DNA preparation and analysis laboratories

  • water quality laboratory

  • the European Xenopus Resource Centre

  • research greenhouse

Careers and opportunities
What can you do with a Biology degree?
Completing this BSc (Hons) Biology degree course will open doors to further study and academic research. As a modern biologist, you can also put your degree to work in areas such as:

  • biotechnology

  • the food industry

  • science administration

  • biomedical research

  • environmental consultancy

  • teaching

What jobs can you do with a Biology degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • research scientist

  • science technician

  • grant administrator

  • medical writer

  • biomedical sales specialist

  • ecological surveyor

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. We'll support you for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Course details


Year 1 core modules in this year include: Biodiversity & Evolution, Ecology, Plants and Human Impact, Experimental Biology, Introduction to Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Biology.
Year 2 core modules in this year include: Community Ecology and Residential Field Course.
Optional modules in this year currently include: Animal Science, Business for Biosciences, Cell Biology, Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, Development; How Form and Function Changes, Enzymes and Metabolism, Genetics, Hydrology and Freshwater Ecosystems, Introduction to Teaching, Marine Organisms and Ecosystem, Microbiology, Plant Science.
Placement year (optional): On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Year 3 core modules in this year include: Honours Project.
Optional modules in this year currently include: Aspects of Terrestrial Ecology and Evolution, Biotechnology, Environmental Microbiology, Gene Organisation And Expression, Genes and Development, Genomics in Molecular Medicine, Marine Ecology and Conservation.

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 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 code C100
Institution code P80
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.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points 112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from A level Biology. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.
A level 112 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, with Biology at grade B. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Must be in a Science subject.
Access to HE Diploma 112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 54, to include a Principal Subject in Biology at M2.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 27 points 27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Biology. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 To include Higher Level Biology at H3.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112 Tariff points, to include Biology at grade C.

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,400 Year abroad of a language course £2,400. For further fee information please see **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.**

Provider information

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University of Portsmouth
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Clearing contact details

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023 9284 8000

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Additional information

​​Clearing Hotline opening hours: Thursday 15th August - 07:00 - 20:00, Friday 16th August - 08:00 - 19:00, Saturday 17th August - 09:00 - 15:00, Sunday 18th August - Closed, Monday 19th August onwards - 08:30 - 17:15,

Course contact details

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