Biological Sciences (extended degree)

Undergraduate Extended Degree

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Saturday 13 November 2021

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  • This course will give you the opportunity to take part in a field trip to South Africa. 
  • Take control of your learning by choosing modules in your specific area of interest.
  • You will have the opportunity to study in state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • Gain a strong foundation in key elements required for studying Biological Sciences BSc at degree level.
  • Build confidence in your abilities and develop essential academic and subject specific knowledge for success.
  • Roehampton is in the top four universities in London for graduate earnings in biological sciences (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings three years after graduation).
  • 100% of students in work or further study within six months of graduation (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education, 2018 results).
  • 95% student satisfaction on this course (National Student Survey 2018 results).
  • We are ranked in the top ten universities in London (Complete University Guide 2020).


Explore current developments in the biological sciences to gain a strong foundation in this rapidly developing scientific discipline concerned with the study of living things.

The Biological Sciences extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Biological Sciences at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The Foundation year is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with subject specific knowledge as a basis for success in your following three years.

In your extended degree, you will explore the essence of life and living organisms with this fascinating course, understanding the molecular, cellular and organismal aspects. You will develop skills and understanding right across the biological disciplines.

You will study expanding areas such as biotechnology, which harnesses cellular and bimolecular processes to develop technologies and products to improve our heath, and recombinant DNA technology, which are DNA molecules formed by laboratory methods to create new sequences of DNA, and their social implications. You will also develop your understanding of traditional aspects of animal and plant biology and learn about the diversity and evolution of life.

This course will provide opportunities to work in our state-of-the-art laboratories, participate in field trips, and conduct your own research projects. We offer exciting modules such as ‘Chemistry of Life’ where you will work in the laboratory to study the structure, evolution and biochemistry of the cell, or ‘Human Ecology’ where you will learn the essentials of human diversity and adaptation, or ‘The Brain in Health and Disease’ where you will study the basis of neurobiology and understand the latest developments in brain research.

Foundation Year

  • You will complete core modules in English and Mathematics, as well as an extended project which will develop your skills in carrying out research, using scholarly sources, drawing comparisons between your own research and that of others and documenting your findings.
  • You will study two modules in Life Sciences which will give you the opportunity to explore methods of scientific thinking and reasoning in an enquiry-based way.
  • You will also be introduced to key concepts in human physiology that are common cornerstones of the different degree programmes.
  • There is also a Disciplinary Investigation module where you will demonstrate the ability to utilise the academic and subject-specific toolkit acquired through previous modules to manage your own learning, and in partnership with your tutors, negotiate, plan and carry out an investigation into the chosen topic.

Year one 

  • Begin exploring the key areas of biology, including molecular biology, physiology, ecology, evolution, and the diversity and details of the major animal and plant groups. 
  • Gain knowledge in basic biochemistry, and biometrics and data handling.

Year two 

  • Focus on the key areas that interest you, from a broad range of modules.  
  • Recent modules have covered topics such as organisms and ecology, evolutionary biology and behaviour, molecular biology, physiology and biomedicine.  
  • The Research Methods module involves developing 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. 

Year three 

  • Select advanced modules from any area of biology, and specialise further.  
  • An independent research project accounts for one third of the final-year assessment. You will collect seminal data on a topic of your choice, advancing current knowledge in that area.  
  • Choose to attend a student-funded field trip to South Africa.

Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year: Compulsory modules

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Operational Mathematics
Scientific Thinking And Techniques
An Introduction to Human Physiology
Disciplinary Investigation

Year 1

Required Modules:
Chemistry of Life
Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths
Cell Biology
Diversity of Life
Core Skills in Biological Science
Introduction to Evolution

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:
Biosciences Field Course
Biosciences Research Methods
Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice

Additional Required Modules: Students must take an additional 20-40 credits from these:
Comparative Zoology
Ecology and Evolution

Optional Modules: Students take 20-40 credits from these:
Understanding Behaviour
Physiology and Metabolism
Pharmacology and Toxicology
The Brain in Health and Disease
Humans and other Primates

Particular Circumstances: The following module is only available to students in particular circumstances and with prior agreement of the Programme Convener:
Field Work Methods in Ecology

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:
Biosciences Research Project
Biosciences Independent Study

Optional Modules:
Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Conservation Ecology
Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology
Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course (optional student funded module)
Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology
Medical Microbiology
Human Osteology and Diversity
Primate Behaviour and Cognition
Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Molecular Ecology
Data Analysis for Zoologists and Bioscientists


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You will develop highly sought-after skills perfect for careers in bioengineering companies, pharmaceutical industries and environmental consultancies. You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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