Biology

Entry Year: 2019

2 study options

Biology BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
C100
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£20,850
Funding information
Paying your fees

Biology with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
C10Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£20,850
Funding information
Paying your fees
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Overview

Choose this programme if you’re looking for a flexible degree covering the whole of the biological sciences.

In the first year you’ll build a strong scientific understanding of biochemistry, genetics, physiology and ecology, mastering new practical skills along the way with advanced lab work. From there you can choose from a wide range of modules for your second and final years, from evolutionary genetics and infectious disease to neuroscience, reproductive biology or plant diversity. Mix and match to take a broad approach to your studies, or drill deep into the areas that interest you most.

If you’re passionate about ecology, conservation or animal biology, you’ll develop real-world skills with our field courses – studying large mammals in South Africa, dinosaur fossils in Canada or ecological interactions in Croatia.

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Structure

You can complete your Biology degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology (includes field trip to Somerset)
  • Essential Skills for Biologists
  • Evolution
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Practical Biology
  • Practical Molecular and Cellular Biology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Research Methods and Communication I

Choose seven from

  • Animal and Plant Diversity
  • Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics
  • Comparative and Integrative Physiology
  • Ecological Interactions I
  • Ecological Interactions II (includes field trip to Croatia) or Membrane and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Evolutionary Genetics or Techniques for Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Genes and Bioinformatics
  • Marine and Animal Diversity (includes field trip to Millport, Scotland)
  • Metabolic Pathways
  • Microbial Physiology and Growth
  • Transmission Genetics
  • Engaging the Public in Science

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Research Methods and Communication II

Choose from

  • Biological Sciences Research Project
  • Project Skills in the Life Sciences

Choose five from

  • Behavioural Ecology or Membrane Proteins
  • Climate Change and Conservation Challenges
  • Endocrine Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Functional Genomics and Epigenetics
  • Mammals and Evolution
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Neuroscience: From Molecules to Behaviour
  • Parasites and Infectious Disease
  • Population and Chromosome Genetics
  • Reproductive and Developmental Biology
  • Species: Dinosaurs to DNA (includes field trip to Canada)
  • Savannah Ecology and Conservation (includes field trip to the African savannas)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree - apply for our Biology BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

Additional Costs

Compulsory fieldwork will not cost you anything extra. For optional fieldwork, you will have to contribute up to £150, plus the cost of your flight (based on costs for 2017/18). Bursaries are available.

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Teaching

Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles - lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

A typical weekly workload would be six to eight lectures and four to five hours of practical laboratories or workshops.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing up and reading.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by written examinations (typically 75 to 80 per cent of the final mark) and coursework (practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests).

Final year students undertake a research or investigative project, assessed with a detailed written report, poster and interview.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilitie
  • modern, well-equipped labs.

Entry requirements

Biology - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Biology with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Biology graduates are equipped for careers in conservation and wildlife management, or in the agricultural industry or biotechnology. Many of our students go on to clinical and laboratory work, postgraduate research or science education. Others transfer their skills into sectors such as marketing and finance.

95 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2015).

Recent Biology graduates have been hired by:

  • Arcadia Group
  • Bloomberg
  • Boots
  • the Civil Service
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • the NHS.

Career support

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has a careers consultant, who can offer specialist advice and organise subject-specific events. We also have a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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  • Biology - BSc (Hons)

  • Biology with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

About the School

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and dynamic school with strong links to industry. We offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.

You’ll experience inspirational teaching from high-calibre staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. You’ll stay up to date with weekly departmental seminars on new research findings.

Thanks to our close teaching and research links, students have special opportunities for original investigative work with the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo, Forest Enterprise and University of London’s Marine Biological Station at Millport in Scotland.

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