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University of Huddersfield

Biology (Molecular and Cellular)

UCAS Code: C1C7

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

including a grade B in a relevant Science subject. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

to include modules in a relevant science subject.

112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in a relevant science subject.

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

DMM

in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at grade C or above.

UCAS Tariff

112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in a relevant Science subject at A Level.

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Biology

Cell biology

**From developing effective vaccines to bringing about advances in DNA forensics, molecular and cellular biology has been behind many modern scientific breakthroughs. If you have a passion for biology, an enquiring mind and you’re looking for a course that could set you up for a broad range of careers in industry or academia, then this could be just the course for you.**

Studying on our Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc(Hons) degree you’ll be able to get a well-rounded introduction to biological sciences. Covering topics across biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, you’ll have the chance to build your understanding of the molecular explanations for life processes.

During the course, you’ll be taught by academics with doctoral-level expertise in their subject areas through a combination of lectures, in-depth tutorials and sessions in our modern biological sciences labs. Here, you’ll get to use the kind of scientific instrumentation you’ll find in industry and have the chance to develop practical skills that will stand you in good stead wherever your career path takes you. As a student on the course you'll be eligible for undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK).

As you progress, you’ll have the chance to delve deeper into the subjects you’re interested in by choosing from a list of optional modules. In your third year, we’ll give you the opportunity to take a work placement where you could gain valuable experience and start to apply the knowledge you’re acquiring on the course to dynamic real-world projects and situations. It’s all designed to help you stand out from the crowd and boost your employability once you graduate.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Biochemistry 1
Chemical and Physical Principles of Biology
Physiology 1: Structure and Function
The World of Microbes
Research Skills

Year 2
Core modules:
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Genomes and Evolution
Biochemistry 2
Research Skills 2
Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include-
Molecular Aspects of Drug Action
Food and Hygiene Microbiology

Year 3 - optional placement year

Final year
Core modules:
Research Project
Applied Molecular Genetics
Mechanisms and Pathology of Cancer and other Chronic Diseases
Genomics

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Medical Genetics
Immunology and Infection
Biochemistry 3
Advanced Physiology

Assessment methods

Assessment will include project work, assignments and examinations project work, assignments and examinations. The final year research project contributes to your degree classification.

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
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details - http://www.hud.ac.uk/sas/scholarships/

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Biological Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
med
Biology
83%
med
Cell biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
25%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£19,300
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Natural and social science professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

Biosciences

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Natural and social science professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Cell biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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