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Biological Sciences

Why study at Roehampton

  • 94% of students were satisfied overall with the teaching of this course (National Student Survey 2013)
  • Students have the opportunity to go on a field course in South Africa in their third year.
  • Flexible modules allow you to specialise in the aspects of biology that you are interested in.

This expansive course explores the molecular,cellular and organismal biology essential for understanding modern biology. You will develop high level skills and understanding right across the broad spectrum of biological disciplines. You will also learn about rapidly developing areas such as biotechnology and recombinant DNA technology and their social implications, as well as more traditional aspects of animal and plant biology. This course offers you the chance to shape your degree as your skills and interests develop.

Year-by-year summary

First year

You are introduced to the key areas of Biology including molecular biology, physiology, ecology, evolution and the diversity and details of the major animal and plant groups, while also receiving a grounding in basic biochemistry, and biometrics and data handling.

Second year

A broad array of modules spanning the Biological Sciences are available for you to choose from representing organisms and ecology; evolutionary biology and behaviour; and molecular biology, physiology and biomedicine. The Research Methods module includes the development of a research proposal on a zoological topic of your choice. A residential field course in rural south Wales provides a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection.

Third year

You may select advanced modules from any area of biology, and have the opportunity to further specialise. An independent research project will account for one third of the final-year assessment and allows you the opportunity to collect seminal data on a topic of your choice, advancing current knowledge in that area. You also have the opportunity of going on a field course based in South Africa.

Examples of final-year project titles

  • Factors affecting the emergence of pipistrelles.
  • Learning in worms.
  • Influence of stress on memory function.

Facilities

On-campus

The University’s laboratories are equipped with facilities for Biological Sciences. We also have excellent microcomputing facilities with specialist hardware and software.

Off-campus

Roehampton is close to the many world-class facilities in London, including: Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures and Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. We also make good use of the excellent local wildlife areas, which include Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park National Nature Reserve and the WWT London Wetlands Centre in Barnes.

Example modules

  • Diversity of Life
  • Physiology and Metabolism
  • Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

Career options

The Roehampton Biological Scientist Graduate will develop highly sought after skills perfect for careers in bioengineering companies, pharmaceutical industries and environmental consultancies. Students may also continue their studies at postgraduate level.

UCAS code

C120

Level

Undergraduate

BSc

Single honours

Entry tariff

280 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »

Department

Life Sciences »

Duration

3 years (full-time), 5–7 years (part-time)

Tuition fees

£8,750 (2014; UK/EU) »

£11,500 (2014; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Related courses

Biomedical Sciences »

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Zoology »

MRes Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation »

Further information

Contact our Enquiries team
enquiries@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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