Biological Sciences

Undergraduate

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Undergraduate Digital Open Day
Saturday 14 November 2020

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  • Go to Wales on a field trip, and take up the chance to go on a student-funded trip to South Africa. 
  • Take control of your learning by choosing modules in your area of interest.
  • Work in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • 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).
  • We are ranked in the top ten universities in London (Complete University Guide 2020).

Summary

A degree in Biological Sciences is a gateway into all Life Sciences career paths. Study Biological Sciences at the University of Roehampton to explore current developments and gain a strong foundation in this rapidly developing scientific discipline, focused on the study of life and living things.

On this fascinating BSc, you will delve into the very essence of life and living organisms, and learn about the molecular, cellular and organismal aspects essential for understanding modern biology.

You will develop your skills and understanding right across the biological disciplines, from core aspects of animal and plant biology via the diversity and evolution of life, right to cutting edge developments within the fields of biotechnology, climate change, antimicrobial resistance and molecular ecology.

This degree provides opportunities to work in our state-of-the-art laboratories, participate in field trips in the UK and abroad, and conduct your own research project. We offer exciting modules such as Chemistry of Life, where you will work in the lab to study the structure, evolution and biochemistry of the cell; Comparative Zoology, where you will learn about vertebrate anatomy, physiology and development; and The Brain in Health and Disease, where you will gain valuable insight into neurobiology and the very latest developments in brain research.

Overall, you will gain highly transferable skills allowing you to pursue careers across Life and Health Sciences and beyond.

Year one 

  • Begin exploring the key areas of biology, including cell biology, ecology, evolution, and the diversity and details of the major animal and plant groups.
  • Gain knowledge in basic biochemistry, learn about the physiology of our own bodies and contrast them with other species. Develop analytical skills to assess laboratory and field data.

Year two 

  • Focus on the key areas that interest you and choose from a broad range of modules.
  • Modules cover diverse topics such as ecology, evolutionary biology, animal behaviour, molecular biology, physiology and immunology.
  • The Research Methods module involves developing a research proposal on a topic of your choice.
  • A residential field course in rural Wales provides a six-day immersion into field and lab data collection.

Year three 

  • Select advanced modules from any area of biology and specialise further, e.g. Medical Microbiology or Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology.
  • An independent research project will allow you to 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:

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

Required 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 must take 20 - 40 credits from these:
Understanding Behaviour
Immunology
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
Palaeoanthropology
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 and biotech companies, the pharmaceutical industry and environmental consultancies. You can also continue your studies at post-graduate 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. 

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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.