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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES BSC (HONS)

UCAS Code: C100|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
International students can apply
Overview
Curriculum
Entry Requirements
Careers
Finance
Combinations

ABOUT THE COURSE

Biological Sciences is a hugely dynamic and exciting discipline, covering all aspects of life on earth, from the sequencing of DNA from the woolly mammoth to the conservation efforts to save the mountain gorilla and northern right whale. Study this degree with us and you will learn about how life evolved and led to the diversity and range of organisms today.

By the end of the three years you will understand genomes, will have followed the evolutionary journey from DNA to the organism in its environment, and explored biodiversity, population dynamics and control. You will be taught by lecturers who are experts in their field, and you will make full use of our new Health Sciences building complete with state-of-the-art laboratories housing the latest technologies and equipment.

A degree in Biological Sciences can lead to a career as a bioscientist. Bioscientists lead the world of innovation, from providing new biofuels to creating the bionic eye and the ‘lab-grown’ burger. At the same time, the world looks to bioscientists to control the newly emerging pandemic diseases, whilst developing the latest vaccines for cancer and malaria, and tackling the problems of obesity and dementia.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students, laboratory work and fieldtrips. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week. 

In your first year, there will be approximately 12 teaching hours per week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to study independently for a number of hours per week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.

Each year you will go on a number of fieldtrips both locally to museums, and residentially at Plas Caerdeon, our outdoor centre in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, as well as international trips (usually to destinations in Europe).

ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

Throughout each year of study, you will have a number of coursework pieces to complete, including portfolios, case-studies, reports and practice-based elements such as laboratory and fieldwork logs, journals and reports. There is also a poster assessment. In the final year, all students complete a Dissertation. At the end of each year, there will also be a written exam.

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

There is a student-centred approach to the curriculum at Liverpool Hope. Our degree has practical work at its core and you will be guided by academic staff to develop those skills which have been identified as key to employment. As well as spending time in lectures and seminars learning about theory, there will be practical time spent in laboratories and field trips, to ensure you graduate with all the skills you need to have a successful career in Biological Sciences. 


YEAR ONE

  • The Chemical and Cellular Basis of Life 
  • Phylogeny (study of evolutionary relationships) 
  • Systematics and Comparative Anatomy 
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Chemical Basis of Life, Biochemistry 
  • Immunological and Homeostatic Responses 
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology 
  • Introduction to Research Methods

YEAR TWO

  • Biodiversity 
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Conservation Biology 
  • Human Metabolism 
  • Determinants of Health and Disease 
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics 
  • Cancer Biology 
  • Biostatistics 
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Research Methods

YEAR THREE

  • Ecosystem Management 
  • Ecotoxicology 
  • Phylogenetics 
  • Bioinformatics 
  • Medical Genetics 
  • Medical Cell Biology 
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Biology 
  • Independent Research Project

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


A-LevelsBBB-BBC
UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
BTECDDM-DMM
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
IB26
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5

CAREERS

Recent graduates of this Biological Sciences degree have entered careers in biotechnology, medical writing, laboratory research, environmental consultancy and similar scientific and technical jobs. Others have pursued postgraduate study in teaching, environmental management and consultancy. Because of their analytical and critical capacity, graduates in Biological Sciences can also pursue general graduate vacancies and training programmes in business, management, accountancy, education, the Civil Service and other professional employment.

Graduates in Biological Sciences offer a range of skills in specialised laboratory and field-based research, scientific report writing, data analysis and other types of written and oral communications.

ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SALA

The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.


Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

On top of your tuition fees, there a number of additional costs that you will need to consider with this degree:

  • Compulsory and non-compulsory field trips, approximately £400
  • Fieldwork equipment such as waterproof coat and suitable footwear, approximately £100
  • Core text books, approximately £200
  • Laboratory coat, approximately £20

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.

INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES

The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

COURSE COMBINATIONS

This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.

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  • Local and international fieldwork opportunities
  • Taught in our new Health Sciences building with state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment

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