The BSc Biology with a year in industry degree scheme is designed to provide a broad-spectrum understanding of the themes that run through modern biology. This is ideal for those students who wish to have a comprehensive and integrated degree scheme and gain the opportunity to undertake a relevant industrial placement.
Subject to application, you will take your placement year after the 2nd year of your studies. During the 2nd year you will receive support from our placements team to help you prepare and make every effort to secure a sector relevant industrial placement.
- Zoology at Swansea is TOP 5 in the UK and 98% for overall satisfaction [National Student Survey 2017]
- Biology at Swansea is Top in Wales and 97% for overall satisfaction [NSS 2017]
- We are 16th in the UK for graduate prospects [Complete University Guide 2018]
- 97.3% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2013/14]
- We are 7th in the UK for Research Excellence [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
- £4.2m investment in state-of-the art Science laboratories
- £1.3m Visualisation Centre which displays and manipulates multi-dimensional information from animal tag monitoring - unique in the world!
- £1.3m investment in a purpose-built 18 m catamaran-class survey vessel equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment
- Degrees accredited by the Royal Society of Biology
- Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
- Our Biology degree scheme offers an excellent range of laboratory and field-based topics with a strong emphasis on the development of key practical skills.
- Most modules in Biology have two or three practical and/or field excursion classes.
- All students have the opportunity to attend week-long field courses either at the end of Year Two or at the start of Year Three.
- Our close proximity to a diverse range of contrasting environments plus our own facilities provides a wide scope for customising your learning experience.
- All Biology students carry out a ten week research project module in Year Three. This can be either laboratory or field-based depending on the interests of the student. Some students carry out their projects abroad.
- The course has a strong emphasis on the development of personal and transferable skills to assist in later employability.
As scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within biology and ecology.
Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status. The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority). Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:
- Ecologist (Jacobs Engineering & CSA Environmental)
- Delivery Officer (Biotechnology & Biological Science Research Council)
- Project Officer (Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust)
- Hydrometry and Telemetry Officer (Natural Resources Wales)
- Benthic Taxonomist (Oceanology Ltd)
- Wildlife and Education Officer (Ipswich Borough Council)
- Crop Technician (Humber Growers)
- Animal keeper (All Things Wild)
- Quality Control Associate (Amgen Biovex Ltd)
- Royal Navy Officer (Britannia Royal Navy College)
- Research Assistant (TRP Research)
Find out more about employability