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BScBiological Sciences

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £15,450.00 per year
Course code C100
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As a biologist you explore the true science of life. There is an ongoing need for the application of biological research, and some of the greatest scientific accomplishments of the future are likely to result from this. We’re investigating bioengineering projects, the development of renewable resource, and the potential for genetics and genomics to revolutionise medicine and health.

The vast and diverse world of living organisms offers a huge range of potential for study and work, and at Essex we give you the opportunity to explore the impact of climate change on coral reefs, the biology of sporting achievements, and cancer and stem cell biology, to the development of new artificial blood products.

You have a large degree of flexibility in order to tailor your degree to your interests, whether they be cellular or molecular biology, or field-based ecological science. You can choose from a wide range of areas, including:

- Animal behaviour and ecology
- Plant biotechnology
- Coral reef ecology
- Cancer biology
- Immunology

You learn modern lab techniques, take part in specialist field trips, and play your own part in adding to the ever-growing knowledge within biological sciences.

Programme structure

Year 1

Molecular Cell Biology
Genetics and Evolution
Plant Biology and Ecosystems
Animal Evolution, Ecology & Behaviour
Scientific and Transferable Skills for Biosciences
Biochemistry of Macromolecules (optional)
Marine Ecology (optional)

Year 2

Biomolecular Science: Skills and Employability (optional)
Environmental Biology and Ecophysiology Field Course (optional)
Professional Skills for Ecological and Marine Scientists (optional)
Metabolism (optional)
Plant Molecular Physiology and Genetics (optional)
Ecology: Populations and Communities (optional)
Biodiversity and Conservation (optional)
Marine Biodiversity (optional)
Microbial Diversity and Biotechnology (optional)
Marine Vertebrates (optional)
Coral Reef Biology (optional)
Tropical Marine Field Research Skills (optional)

Final year

Research Project in Biomolecular Science (optional)
Research Project in Ecological and Marine Sciences (optional)
Conservation and Management Field Module (optional)
Issues in Biomolecular Science (optional)
Bioinformatics (optional)
Human Molecular Genetics (optional)
Plant Biotechnology (optional)
Molecular and Developmental Immunology (optional)
Pollution: Impacts and Management (optional)
Conservation Management and Practice (optional)
Sustainability (optional)
Cancer Biology (optional)
Freshwater Ecology (optional)
Fisheries Ecology (optional)

Career opportunities

Our students have taken up a wide range of careers in research laboratories, consultancies, business and industry, conservation practice and environmental assessment. Others have gone on to work in sales, publishing and management, while others still have chosen to enhance their career opportunities by studying for MSc or PhD degrees.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for the following high profile organisations:

The Sainsbury Laboratory
ALS Laboratories
Care UK
The Shard

Apply now!
Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States