Explore current developments and issues in the biological sciences to gain a strong foundation in a scientific discipline for further study, research or professional development. This four year degree integrates a three-year BSc Biological Sciences degree with a final year of training in Masters-level scientific skills.
Capture the essence of life and living organisms with this fascinating integrated BSc and Msc Biological Sciences degree, exploring the molecular, cellular and organismal biology essential for understanding modern biology. You will develop skills and understanding right across the biological disciplines.
You will study rapidly-developing 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. 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 offers you the 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, ‘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 the latest developments in brain research.
In your 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 gaining knowledge in basic biochemistry, and biometrics and data handling.
In your second year, you will have a choice of modules spanning the range of the biological sciences, allowing you to focus on the areas that interest you the most. Recent modules have covered topics including organisms and ecology; evolutionary biology and behaviour; and molecular biology, physiology and biomedicine. The core Research Methods module will give you the freedom to develop a research proposal on a biological topic of your choice. A residential field course in rural south Wales provides a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection.
In your third year, you may select advanced modules from any area of biology, and specialise further. 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 under the tuition of an expert in the field. You will also have the opportunity to go on a field course in South Africa.
In your final year, you will focus on developing your skills at a higher level for scientific thinking and practice. You will immerse yourself in the scientific process through a module exploring the latest trends in the biological sciences, a module that further cements and then progresses your analytical research skills, and an 80-credit research project. Your dissertation will culminate in the analysis and reporting of new data you have collected, which is expected to be of publishable standard.
Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:
Biosciences Field Course
Ecology and Evolution
Biosciences Research Methods
Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice
The Brain in Health and Disease
Physiology and Metabolism
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Humans and other Primates
Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology
Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course (optional student funded module)
Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Biosciences Research Project
Biosciences Independent Study
Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology
Biological Data Analysis
Primate Behaviour and Cognition
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, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
The University is currently undertaking a review of the curriculum of this programme to ensure it continues to reflect the latest updates and new developments in the subject area. This will mean that the content and structure of the programme will be different from that described above. Please contact us for more information.
Undergraduate and Postgraduate
An integrated BSc and MSc in Biological Sciences
A level pre-requisites: Biology or Chemistry GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade C
4 years (full-time)
This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.