THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON

Biology

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

This course is split into three years of learning, each providing opportunities for you to develop your skills across a range of biological topics or focus on areas of specific interest.

Our modules contain up-to-date topics informed by staff that are actively researching their specialist areas. We aim to make learning an engaging and enjoyable experience from our extensive online resources and face to face teaching. We will introduce you to science principles, help you to develop analytical skills and encourage you to evaluate and recommend solutions to real-life, local to global, biological problems.

The role of biology in society is a theme within the course. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used to examine large biological data sets at all three stages in the course. We believe that the skills in managing big data, analysing spatial relationships and thinking about biological problems at different scales are skills that biologists will need in the future either in biological conservation or human health.

The first year focuses on fundamental principles, including research methodology, statistical analysis of data, and presentation of results for a variety of audiences, all of which will be used throughout the course and beyond. In the second and third year you are able to specialise and focus on areas that you are particularly interested in. This flexible approach allows you to choose modules drawn from across a wide range of biological concepts, including medical genetics, biodiversity, immunology and restoration ecology.

As a key component of your final year, you will undertake an independent research dissertation on a topic of your choice. This provides an opportunity for you to explore an area of particular interest and demonstrate the skills that you have learned throughout your course.

We believe in ensuring all of our students are able to gain the employment they desire and so we include opportunities to develop employability skills throughout your studies. Paid and volunteering positions through Unitemps and Employabilty Plus will allow you to develop an awareness of your transferable skills. 

Programme description

This course is split into three years of learning, each providing opportunities for you to develop your skills across a range of biological topics or focus on areas of specific interest.

Our modules contain up-to-date topics informed by staff that are actively researching their specialist areas. We aim to make learning an engaging and enjoyable experience from our extensive online resources and face to face teaching. We will introduce you to science principles, help you to develop analytical skills and encourage you to evaluate and recommend solutions to real-life, local to global, biological problems.

The role of biology in society is a theme within the course. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used to examine large biological data sets at all three stages in the course. We believe that the skills in managing big data, analysing spatial relationships and thinking about biological problems at different scales are skills that biologists will need in the future either in biological conservation or human health.

The first year focuses on fundamental principles, including research methodology, statistical analysis of data, and presentation of results for a variety of audiences, all of which will be used throughout the course and beyond. In the second and third year you are able to specialise and focus on areas that you are particularly interested in. This flexible approach allows you to choose modules drawn from across a wide range of biological concepts, including medical genetics, biodiversity, immunology and restoration ecology.

As a key component of your final year, you will undertake an independent research dissertation on a topic of your choice. This provides an opportunity for you to explore an area of particular interest and demonstrate the skills that you have learned throughout your course.

We believe in ensuring all of our students are able to gain the employment they desire and so we include opportunities to develop employability skills throughout your studies. Paid and volunteering positions through Unitemps and Employabilty Plus will allow you to develop an awareness of your transferable skills. 

Key Modules

Career Opportunities

This course will open up a range of career opportunities, including

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary Science
  • Toxicologist
  • Clinical Microbiologist
  • Evolutionary Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental/Wildlife Officer
  • Environmental Manager
  • Primary and Secondary teaching
  • Environmental Education
 
Module & Subject
  • Biodiversity: An Introduction (20 credits)

    • Module code: ENV1012
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    • Core module Y
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS1013
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Introduction to Physiology (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS1006
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Introduction to Ecology (20 credits)

    • Module code: ENV1002
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Introduction to Microbiology (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS1019
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS1020
    •  
    • Core module Y

stage2

  • Habitat Ecology and Management (20 credits)

    • Module code: ENV2018
    •  
    • Core module Y

    Applies your knowledge and understanding of communities and ecosystems to selected terrestrial and freshwater/wetland sy… More

  • Genes and Genomics (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS2001
    •  
    • Core module N

    Extends your knowledge of molecular biology topics from the first year as well as introducing you to the ethical issues … More

  • Fieldwork Module (20 credits)

    • Module code: ENV2124
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Research Methods (20 credits)

    • Module code: ENV2036
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Biogeography (20 credits)

    • Module code: ENV2103
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Pharmacology (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS2015
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Processes of Life: Biochemistry (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS2016
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Health and Disease (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS2010
    •  
    • Core module N

stage3

  • Biodiversity and Conservation (20 credits)

    • Module code: ENV3021
    •  
    • Core module N

    Deals with the theoretical aspects of measuring biodiversity and understanding patterns of distribution. You will also c… More

  • Career Planning and Placement (20 credits)

    • Module code: ENV3131
    •  
    • Core module Y

    Designed to prepare you for the transition from your academic study to the workplace using placements with an employer a… More

  • Research Project and Dissertation (40 credits)

    • Module code: ENV4101
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Landscape and Restoration Ecology (20 credits)

    • Module code: ENV3014
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Integrated Medical Genetics (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS3002
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Immunology and Health (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS3003
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS3010
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Health, Risk and Environment (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS3001
    •  
    • Core module N
Entry Requirements
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. Those who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 41-45 Months
Course Fee:  12000.00
Course Level:  UNDERGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Park Campus, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK. Phone:+44 1604 735500
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER