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Middlesex University

Biology with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: C1FY

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

Entry requirements


Including 16 points or above in Biology

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3 in a Science based subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths or grade 4 if awarded after August 2017

In a Science based subject.

UCAS Tariff

48
71%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Biology

This specialist programme will allow you to study living things at a range of different scales, from genes of individual microorganisms to interactions within whole ecosystems. You will investigate how biology impacts on the world around us, encouraging flexibility and choice so you can tailor your studies towards your scientific interests.

Why study BSc Biology at Middlesex University?
This programme allows you to tailor your module choices from a range of traditional and contemporary biological disciplines so you can explore and develop your scientific interests towards specific career aspirations. There is a placement opportunity as part of this course between the second and third year, or an internship in your third year, to build crucial practical skills. You will learn to think like a scientist through theory classes and practical experimentation in our state-of-the-art labs.

BSc Biology is part of a new suite of biology courses, designed to offer choice and flexibility in the modules you study. There is a common first year that focuses on covering the fundamentals of biology so you have the option of changing pathway at the end of the first year. The other courses in this suite are:
BSc Biology (Biotechnology)
BSc Biology (Molecular Biology)
BSc Biology (Environmental Biology)
Course highlights
We will support you with finding the best placement or internship for you and help with making your application
The course emphasises options and flexibility, permitting you to design your own approach to the study of biology
Our labs provide the next generation of scientific instrumentation for molecular analysis post the genomic era - in line with the focus in scientific research on protein-hunting rather than gene-hunting
You can select modules across a range of traditional and contemporary biological disciplines, including those from other pathways as well as some from environmental science and some biomedical sciences modules
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Modules

Foundation Year: Life Sciences - Compulsory, SMART (Students Mastering Academic writing, Research and Technology) - Compulsory
Foundation Mathematics - Compulsory, Foundation Project - Compulsory Year 1: Anatomy and Physiology of Plants and Animals (30 credits) - Compulsory, Chemistry for Biologists (30 credits) - Compulsory, Principles of Microbiology (15 credits) - Compulsory, Biological Techniques (30 credits) - Compulsory, Cell Biology and Genetics (15 credits) - Compulsory. Year 2: Research Methods and Project Planning (30 credits) - Compulsory, Microbial Life (15 credits) - Compulsory, Biology of Complex Organisms (15 credits) - Compulsory, Molecular Biology (15 credits) - Compulsory, Analytical Techniques (15 credits) - Compulsory, Biochemistry (15 credits) - Compulsory, Microbial Biotechnology (15 credits) - Compulsory, Biodiversity (15 credits) - Optional, Ecology and Field Techniques (15 credits) - Optional. Year 3: Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory, Gene Technology (15 credits) - Compulsory, Current Topics in Biosciences (15 credits) - Optional, Aspects of Evolution (15 credits) - Optional, Sustainable Biotechnology (15 credits) - Optional, Cellular and Molecular Biology (15 credits) - Optional, Gene Expression and Control (15 credits) - Optional, Biology Work Experience (30 credits) - Optional, Conservation in a Changing World (15 credits) - Optional.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hendon Campus

Department:

Biomedical and Biological Sciences

TEF rating:

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
C

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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

42%
Sports and fitness occupations
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Managers and proprietors in other services
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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