|Study location||United Kingdom, Birmingham|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||4 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Required subjects and grades:
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
This 4-year course offers the chance to develop your language skills, while studying for a fully-fledged Biology degree, including practical training and lab-based project work.
You will join one of our European partner universities in third year, with teaching delivered in the language of the host country. Ahead of the year abroad, you take language classes, replacing one Biology module in 1st and 2nd year. Adventurous, demanding and enriching, this course helps your CV stand out.
First year modules
Introduction to Evolution and Animal Biology | Watch video – An overview of introduction from the pre-biotic era to Darwin and his impact. Natural selection, the origins of altruism and sexual reproduction, genetic determinants of evolution.
Fundamentals of Biochemistry – Fundamental biochemical processes taking place inside cells
Cell Biology and Physiology – Tissues, organelles, reproduction and development.
Widening Horizon Module (WHM) – allows you to explore content from other academic programmes of this university in the form of a stand-alone module. More information on WHMs can be found here.
For students taking the Year in continental Europe option, the language module will take the place of the WHM.
Choose two optional modules
Example optional modules may include:
Introduction to Microbiology | Watch video – Broad introduction to microbiology with a focus on infectious disease, covering bacteria, fungi, protists, archaea and viruses.
Ecological Concepts and Plant Sciences – This module provides a broad overview of the biology of our environment, including topics such as climate change, conservation, ecophysiology and cell biology of plants.
Genetics I – Storage of genetic information, gene expression and regulation, mitosis and meiosis, gene linkage and chromosome mapping.
Second year modules
Core modules (taken by all students on the Biological Sciences programme)
Communication and Skills in Biosciences – Science communication in videography, writing and speaking, ethics in science, analysis of the scientific literature.
Molecular Biology and its applications – Genetic analysis and gene cloning, DNA fingerprinting and forensics, genomics and computational approaches to genetics.
Example optional modules may include:
Animal Biology – This module explores how the central nervous system translates sensory stimuli to behaviour. Topics include comparative neurobiology, biological timekeeping, sensory biology, learning and behaviour and others.
Cell and Developmental Biology – Development of multicellular organisms, interaction between cells and the cellular matrix, regulation of stem cell function.
Microbes and Man – The impact of microbes on humans, bacteria, fungi and viruses, common themes of infectious disease mechanisms.
Genetics II – Organisation of genes and genomes, generation of genetic diversity, gene transmission and analysis of problems in transmission and molecular genetics.
Evolution of Humans and Other Animals – The primary aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of comparative animal biology in an evolutionary context.
Critical Issues for 21st Century Ecosystems – Core skills in ecosystem knowledge
Plant Sciences: from Cells to the Environment | Watch video – Plants interact flexibly with their environment. This module explores the cellular and molecular features facilitati ng such interactions, including interactions with parasites. The module introduces the model plant Arabidopsis, and you will design and test hypotheses in specific experiments
Year in Continental Europe
You will join a University in France, Spain or Germany according to your language qualification. Assessments at the host university will make a small contribution to your overall degree mark (weighting 6.25%).
Upon returning from your Year in Europe, you will rejoin the final year of the BSc Biological Sciences course. The final year is made up of a combination of taught modules and independent study. It is here that the link between the teaching and the research in the school is particularly important. The final year modules are informed and inspired by the research being carried out in the school.
The final year allows choice from a range of specialised topics. Central to the final year is the research project, which makes up one third of the credits earned in the final year. This allows you to join one of our many research groups, providing the fascinating opportunity to experience research first hand and to contribute to current research projects.
Project work is not limited to the laboratory; some students will do more ecology- based projects involving field work.
Advances in the biosciences are having a profound impact on our daily lives in areas from human health to conservation. Biotechnology, biological pharmaceuticals, and personalised medicine are key growth areas in the health sector. Environmental remediation, climate change and related themes pose multi-faceted challenges for the coming decades. Expert knowledge in biology and the life sciences will be in high demand for the foreseeable future, with bright prospects for exciting and rewarding careers in research, teaching, industry, the NHS and the public sector.
A substantial part of our graduates choose to take a further degree, a postgraduate Masters or PhD. For many career paths, a further degree is an essential stepping-stone, including (but not limited to) careers in research. Our graduates are highly sought after by universities around the world, many stay in Birmingham and join one of our prestigious research groups. Did you know that PhDs are fully funded and that postgraduate students receive a tax free stipend equivalent to a salary?
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.