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Biological Science Staffordshire University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our versatile Biological Science degree will help you understand and examine the living world around you.
There has never been a better time to position yourself as a bioscientist by studying on our biological science degree. Recent breakthroughs have given biologists insights and tools for the investigation of pressing questions like never before. Whatever area of the biological sciences you are interested in, be it genetics and genomics, medicines development or ecological interactions and sustainability - this degree has the scope and flexibility to support your development.

This degree can be completed in a number of different ways, you can either study biological science as a broad degree, or branch off into one of our specialist pathways during your degree.

If you would like to study for an advanced qualification, we offer the integrated Masters MSci course over four years.

We also offer a 3yr Full Time course and a 4yr Full Time (with a placement year). In addition if you do not meet our direct entry requirements for degree level study, then a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available. You’ll study your first year at Stoke-on-Trent College and on successful completion join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke-on-Trent university campus. High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study. The foundation year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biological Science degree. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies

Course content
You have the first year of your degree (full-time) to decide whether your interest lies in a particular field, or whether the broad knowledge of the subject will better benefit your future career. If you do have a more specialist interest, this course also has designated learning pathways in your second and third years to allow you to focus on areas including Ecology and Environmental Management, Genomics, Pharmacology, and Pre-Med. The best thing about our learning pathways is that you can wait until second year to decide if you wish to specialise. Whichever route you take through your biological science degree, upon completion, you will be ideally placed for graduate employment or postgraduate study.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Biological Science.

Should you successfully complete your study via one of the learning pathways, then we will issue one of the following awards in line with your chosen pathway:

MSci Biological Science (Genomics)
MSci Biological Science (Ecology and Environmental Management)
MSci Biological Science (Pre-Med)
MSci Biological Science (Pharmacology)

Course details

Modules

Modules
Year 1
Bioscience Concepts and Principles
Structure and Function
Building Blocks of Life
Professional Practice for Life Sciences
Biology of Disease

Year 2
Applied Bioscience Practical
Global Issues and Professional Development
Adaptation and Survival
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Option

Year 2 Options:
Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (Compulsory module for Genomics and Pre-Med pathway)
Cell Biology and Immunology (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway)
Biochemistry and Physiology
Medical Microbiology and Epidemiology
Ecology and Environmental Management (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway)
Pharmacology and Medicinal Plants (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway)
Animal Behaviour (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway)
Medical Sciences (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway)
Research and Development for the Life Science Industry (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway)

Year 3
Research Project
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Option
Option
Current Advances and Bioethics

Year 3 Options:
International Experience
Digital Life Sciences
Genomics and Bioinformatics (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway)
Molecular Pharmacology (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway)
Toxicology
Applied Parasitology and Medical Entomology
Microbial Genomes and Pathogenesis (Compulsory module for Genomics pathway)
Diagnostic Pathology
Integrated Biology of Disease (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway)
The Brain
Managing the Natural World (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway)
Conservation Biology and Habitat Management (Compulsory module for Ecology and Environmental pathway)
Immunology and Immunotherapy (Compulsory module for Pharmacology pathway)
Cancer Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Compulsory module for Pre-Med pathway)

Year 4 (MSci)
Advanced Research Methods
Advanced Biological Techniques
Specialist Topics in Life Sciences
MSci Life Sciences Placement or Biological Research Assistantship


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 C102
Institution code S72
Campus name Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field.

Subject specific requirements in related subjects apply to this course

Don't worry if you can't see your specific qualification listed, just contact our team of experts on 01782 294400 or email us at enquiries@staffs.ac.uk for further advise
A level BBB Must include A Level in Biology at Grade C or above
Other A Level combinations possible to achieve required points.
Can be combined with AS levels/Extended Project to achieve required points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Animal Management
Grade combinations below 120 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve required points
Scottish Higher ABBBB This must include a Pass in a related subject. Where only Highers have been taken must include a B in a related subject.
AS Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 points
Extended Project Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 Other combinations possible.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not available
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Not available
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Not available
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Not available
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Not available
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Not available
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D*P Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 120 tariff points
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 128 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

This must include a Pass in a related subject from Advanced Highers or B in a related subject from Highers.

Some subjects will require previous study in specific subjects. Please refer to the course pages on the University website


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,500 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

For further details of what is and is not included in your tuition fees please visit www.staffs.ac.uk/fees

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Stoke on Trent
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