Are you excited by the natural world and want to tackle issues like disease, endangered species, and food and water shortages?
This accredited BSc (Hons) Biology degree gives you the knowledge and skills to apply your interest in the science of life and living organisms. With this degree under your belt, you can contribute positively to society in your career.
In your first year, you'll get a foundation in key biological theories and principles. You'll also be introduced to the practical skills and technology you'll use throughout your degree and in your career as a biologist.
In years 2 and 3, you'll build on your fundamental biology skills and knowledge. You can specialise in the strands of biology that interest you most, such as microbiology and biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, or ecology and evolution.
In your final year, you'll design and run an investigation and present it to a professional specification. You can do a placement year after your second year, or study abroad on a conservation or research scheme.
Your Biology degree could set you up for a rewarding career in education, research, scientific journalism or the biotechnology and environmental sectors. And you'll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology.
What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:
- Develop your knowledge and abilities by learning from internationally recognised scientists who are leading the way in their respective fields
- Cover areas at the forefront of scientific endeavour, including biotechnology, ecology, cell biology and molecular biology
- Put your knowledge to work in the lab, using world-class equipment and the latest technology
- Specialise in subjects that interest you most, from marine and terrestrial biology, to molecular genetics
- Develop problem-solving, communication and numeracy skills alongside technical skills
- Explore the diversity of local ecosystems and go on field trips to destinations such as Lulworth Cove, Devon and Mexico
- Have the chance to study abroad on a conservation or research scheme
- Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme
Equipment you can use includes:
- Molecular biology instrumentation
- Chemical analysis facilities for detecting pollutants
- Fluorescence microscopes, scanning and transmission electron microscopes
Facilities you can use include:
- Microbiology and embryology laboratories with high-tech imaging and gene analysis equipment
- Ancient DNA preparation and analysis laboratories
- Water quality laboratory
- The European Xenopus Resource Centre
- Research greenhouse
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written exams
- coursework, essays and practical write-ups
- multiple choice tests
- a research project
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- one-on-one and group tutorials
- lab-based practical work
- field trips
There's an emphasis on putting what you learn in the classroom into practice. You'll get to go on a week-long field trip, reinforcing the theory you learn in lectures.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
Careers and opportunities
Completing this BSc (Hons) Biology degree course will open doors to further study and academic research. As a modern biologist, you can also put your degree to work in areas such as:
- the food industry
- science administration
- biomedical research
- environmental consultancy
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- research scientist
- science technician
- grant administrator
- medical writer
- biomedical sales specialist
- ecological surveyor
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great role, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.
We'll help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry, and support you for 5 years after you graduate.