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London Metropolitan University

Biological Science

UCAS Code: C120

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Typical offer CCC (96 UCAS points from two or more A levels) including a grade C from Biology and Chemistry.

Total of 60 credits (45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2) from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject with passes in Level 2 Maths and Communications. QAA accredited course required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

A minimum of 15 points at the higher level and a minimum of 4 points in English and Maths. Must include biology and chemistry.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

A BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

Scottish Higher

C,C,C,A

A minimum of 96 UCAS points, including three passes at Higher level at grade C (or above).

UCAS Tariff

96
88%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Biology

**Why study this course?**

Biology is the study of life. Taught in our state-of-the-art Science Centre, you'll learn that life processes result from a series of complex interactions at a molecular, cellular and whole organism level. You'll develop hands-on skills that employers look for, as well as a detailed understanding of everything from biological systems at molecular level to ecosystems.

**More about this course**

Biology is the study of life. All life processes are the result of a series of complex interactions at a molecular, cellular and whole organism level. Through this course, you’ll investigate these systems in all their fascinating detail, and develop your academic and practical skills, enabling you to interpret and analyse biological data and evaluate your own work.

The Biological Science BSc (Hons) degree encompasses a broad scope of topics designed to interest the enquiring mind. During the first year you will acquire a solid foundation in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, human anatomy and data analysis. You’ll begin to understand how macromolecules drive cellular processes and you’ll be introduced to essential data handling and laboratory skills.

In the second year you’ll start to specialise, and will explore state-of-the-art research techniques such as gene cloning, amplification of DNA and microbiological techniques.

Your third year will include a year-long research project on the topic of your choosing. You can choose to specialise or to follow a more varied pathway.

Biological scientists play a key role in identifying diseases, monitoring treatment and conducting research into infectious diseases and other pathologies. You’ll graduate from this course ready to join the field, with a sound knowledge base and a high standard of cognitive, practical and transferable skills.

**What our students say**

“Years spent at university are not only about gaining knowledge, but also about developing yourself as an individual. That's why London Met is a great university to go to – it's so multicultural that you get immersed in different cultures right away, which makes you more aware and tolerant, and encourages you to see situations from other perspectives. The environment at London Met is very supportive when it comes to extracurricular activities; you're encouraged to take up volunteering or take part in the Science Society's activities."

Modules

Example Year 1 modules include:

Anatomy and Physiology (for Applied Biology) (core, 30 credits)
Cell and Molecular Biology (for Applied Biology) (core, 30 credits)
Chemistry and Biochemistry (for Applied Biology) (core, 30 credits)
Laboratory Science (for Applied Biology) (core, 30 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Blood Science (core, 30 credits)
Ethics for Science (core, 15 credits)
Metabolism and Microbiology (core, 30 credits)
Molecules of Heredity and Defence (core, 30 credits)
Parasitology (core, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Biochemical Pathology (core, 30 credits)
Microbial Biotechnology (core, 30 credits)
Research Project (for Applied Biology) (core, 30 credits)
Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling (option, 15 credits)
Creating a Winning Business 2 (option, 15 credits)
Medical Genetics (option, 15 credits)
Systems Pathology (option, 15 credits) and
Work Placement (for Biomedical Science) (option, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through essays, group reports, poster presentations, seminar presentations, data analysis and interpretation exercises, and the production and maintenance of a personal profile and curriculum vitae.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

Biosciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
33%
2:1 or above
32%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Biology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,108
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

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