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Queen's University Belfast

Biological Sciences

UCAS Code: C100
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Subjects
  • Biology
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
86% LOW
Average graduate salary
£14.5k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-BBB

Biology at grade B.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
32

6 5 5 at higher level including Biology.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£4,030

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Biological Sciences encompasses many aspects of the biosciences, from molecules to ecosystems and includes exploration of: biological diversity, systematics and conservation; cell and tissue structure, function and physiology; ecology and behaviour; form and function of microorganisms, protists, fungi, plants and animals; genetics and mechanisms and pathways of evolution.

Modules

Year 0: 2 modules each of chemistry; biology; and 2 further modules. Stage 1 (Year 1) includes in-depth study of all the major branches of the biological sciences; students have the opportunity to move to a more specialist option or vice versa on entry to Stage 2. Year 1: Biochemistry; genetics and molecular biology; micro-organisms; animal and plant diversity. Year 2: Students have a reasonable choice of module combinations, while retaining a breadth of study of living organisms at a number of different levels of organisation. The modules introduce a wide range of up-to-date biological techniques including: genetic manipulation; electron microscopy; physiological studies of living organisms; modern approaches to ecology and evolution. Year 3: 2-module research project; 4 taught modules in the following areas: biochemistry; environmental biology; plant science; marine biology; genetics; microbiology; molecular biology; zoology. Module combinations may be chosen either to allow a degree of specialisation, or to maintain a broad coverage. Field courses in Years 1 and 2. Instruction is through integrated lectures, practicals and tutorials; assessment by examinations and continuous assessment (c.25%).

Queen's University Belfast

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Queen's University Belfast, a Russell Group university, provides an exceptional education underpinned by world-class research. With a new library, sporting facilities, employability opportunities, one of the best students' unions in the UK and Ireland, and a social life second to none - including one of the best NI gig venues - the Queen's community offers a life-changing student experience.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
23%
77%

Year 1

17%
83%

Year 2

12%
88%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
57%
23%
20%

Year 1

33%
67%

Year 2

20%
80%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 98%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

94%

Library resources are satisfactory

98%

Feedback on work has been helpful

57%

Feedback on work has been prompt

62%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

87%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
52% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
10% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
355 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 86% LOW
Average graduate salary £14.5k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are health associate professionals

5%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. 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). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
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