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BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

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  • Clearing
  • UCAS Code:
    C100
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Places available to study this September

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This hands-on BSc offers you the chance to examine the interaction of biological systems alongside developing the specialist skills needed to apply biological concepts to the solution of practical problems in the field of human biology, biomedical sciences and environmental sciences. 

The first two years of study are dedicated to developing your core knowledge and understanding in the areas of human biology, biochemistry, laboratory and investigative techniques as well as academic writing skills, ecology and human evolution along with the opportunity to further develop your interests in osteology or evolution in a wildlife conservation context. 

A highlight of your second year is  the international field trip, with each adventure focusing on a key theme. For example students in 2017 visited Costa Rica, where they were involved in conservation projects including endangered species such as sea turtles, coral reefs, cloud forests and volcanoes. Other projects include conservation in practice in Madagascar. Much of the work will involve field-based lectures, discussions and seminars with local experts, but the bulk of activities will involve individual projects focused on specific tasks. 

Our students in the Life and Environmental Sciences work in partnership with our staff to co-create featured projects, collaborating with professional practioners and also assisting with individual placement opportunities. Take a look at our Co-creating Science web page to find out about the exciting projects our students get involved in, including Investigating Iceland, Plankton Diversity in Southampton Water, Project Species Reports to name just a few. You can even have a look at students class projects and even dissertations.

Year three provides that all-important chance to experience some essential and exciting subjects designed for your future career focus either in biomedical sciences or environmental sciences. Some of you may wish to complete a five or 30-week placement in industry. In year two you will have the opportunity to choose to study specialised units that are of interest to you and your future career plans, this specialisation can be carried forward as your independent research project in your final year. 

According to Unistats, 97% of our final year students think that our staff are good at explaining things. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

A science subject or Mathematics

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
BU and you. A match made in Clearing.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

Waiting for results? Stay up to date with Clearing opportunities at BU.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams.. As an indication, 78% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1.3mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

You could even choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain transferable skills to help you stand out in the job market. 

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Can demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of chemistry and biology
  • Have basic laboratory skills
  • Can demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Within six months of finishing their course, 90% of our students are in work or further study. They work for a range of organisations, including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, NHS, Sigma Aldrich and the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Visit our department pages to read more about the specialist interests of our Life & Environmental Sciences staff, or register for an Open Day to meet us.

Course changes

Hear from our staff

Kevin McGhee

One of my 3rd year students organised a 6 week placement at a Molecular Genetiics laborotory in the US.

Hear from our staff

Dr Wei-Jun Liang

We help students’ capacity-building through learning and applying knowledge, concepts, academic and transferable skills for brighter future careers.

Hear from our alumni

Sophie Billington

I became interested in genetics whilst studying at BU and this gave me the motivation and confidence to pursue my placement in the USA, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.