Biological Sciences (with a year abroad) (BSc (Hons))

Swansea University

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 15450 per year

All study options

About Biological Sciences (with a year abroad) at Swansea University

Course Overview

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 a 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.

Key features

  • 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]

Course description

  • 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 a 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.

Students will get the opportunity to spend a year abroad at one of our partner institutions. This is a marvellous opportunity to experience a different culture and, depending on the destination, to develop valuable language skills. Find out more about studying abroad: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/opportunities/

 

 

 

Career prospects

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)

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,450

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

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