COVID-19 Updates: For advice and updates for staff, students, and applicants who may have concerns about the coronavirus outbreak please visit our Situation Updates page.

Biological Science BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    C900

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with Foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Overview


BSc Biological Science enables you to study and investigate the diverse aspects of the biological, environmental and life sciences in order to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the interconnection between organisms and the environment.

In the first year you will study a broad programme of compulsory modules, giving you a firm knowledge base in subjects like Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Microbiology and Anatomy. In the second and third year you have the opportunity, should you wish, to specialise in a variety of topics , choosing from a range of biology, biomedical, ecology and environmental science disciplines, which, allows you to design your degree to meet your future career.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Updated 03/08/2021

Highlights


    • Select the topics that most interests you, designing your degree to your individual interests and career aspirations
    • Lots of applied, practical laboratory classes in new £330 million Waterside Campus
    • Opportunities for visits, fieldwork and overseas travel*
    • You have the opportunity to present your final year research dissertation at our annual research conference
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
    • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students (see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)

Take a look around our Waterside campus


If you’d like to see more of our Waterside campus, come and join us for a socially distanced CAMPUS TOUR.

Book a Campus Tour

*All trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19

Course Content


  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

    SDG15: Life on Land

    A wide and diverse range biological aspects of science are explored throughout this degree programme. This interdisciplinary degree provides you with the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge base in the first year of study before specialising in topics and disciplines in the second and third year.

    You will have the opportunity to choose modules that most interest you or ones that specifically meet your future career aspirations.  You can choose from varied aspects of biological science including plant and animal biology, genetics, environmental science, microbiology, human biology, ecosystems, pharmacology, ecology, adaptations to life, neuroscience and biochemistry.

    You will apply your knowledge throughout your degree and recognise its relevance to society at national and global levels. You also have the opportunity to learn a wide range of laboratory and field skills as well as learning about current issues and research areas.

    You may also elect to take the Life Science Placement Year module after your second year before returning to complete your degree.  We will help you find this paid placement and support you during this year.

    Our modules are informed by staff who are active researchers in their specialist areas, introducing you to scientific principles to help you develop analytical skills and encourage you to evaluate and recommend solutions to real-world biological problems.

    You will be supported during your final year research project by a supervisor with relevant research expertise and by studying the second year research methods and specialised laboratory and/or fieldwork modules with essential training in the latest techniques. You even have the opportunity to present your own final year research dissertation at our annual research conference.

    We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating** we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

    **with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

    Modules

    View proposed modules below (module titles and specification subject to validation):

    Year 1 

    Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    Introduction to Ecology
    Life of Earth
    Genetics and Molecular Biology
    Introduction to Microbiology
    Anatomy and Physiology

    Year 2 

    (Various modules listed below will be designated)

    Bioscience Research Methods
    Biogeography
    Fieldwork Module
    Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecology
    Plants and the Environment
    Adaptations to Life on Land, in Water and Air
    Genes and Genomics
    Health and Disease
    Techniques in Molecular Biology
    Pharmacology
    Processes of Life: Biochemistry

    Optional Placement Year

    Life Sciences at Work

    Year 3

    (Various modules listed below will be designated)

    Human Bioscience Dissertation
    Contemporary Issues in Biology
    Biodiversity and Conversation
    Sustainable Development: Land Use and Planning
    Health, Risk and Environment
    Integrated Medical Genetics
    Immunology and Health
    Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
    Pathogen Biology
    Applied and Environmental Microbiology
    Gene Regulation

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you are expected to have studied a natural science subject (preferably Biology or Human Biology but Chemistry and Physics  are also accepted) in an A Level at grade C, or equivalent qualification such as International Baccalaureate.

    We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY)Entry Requirements

    Admission to the BSc Honours Human Bioscience 4 year Programme with Foundation Study is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC with a D in a Natural Science. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

     

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Accreditation of this programme is pending from the Royal Society of Biology – the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • You may also elect to take the Life Science Placement Year module after your second year before returning to complete your degree.  This is an optional and paid placement year, working within industry.  Students who complete this typically achieve higher degree outcomes and have improved employability.  The University has a whole team of people to help you find a paid placement and will support you during this year.

  • How will I be taught?

    We aim to make learning an engaging and enjoyable experience from our extensive online resources and face to face teaching. We will introduce you to science principles, help you to develop analytical skills and encourage you to evaluate and recommend solutions to real-life, local to global, biological problems.

    Teaching and learning occurs through a variety of methods, with laboratory practicals, workshops, learning how to use new software, fieldwork, seminars and lectures.

    Modules are typically semesterised, which means that modules are delivered in either the Autumn Term or the Spring term. You will have four hours of contact time per week to enable you to get the most out of practical sessions, workshops and field visits.

    All the module tutors use our virtual learning environment (NILE) to provide additional resources to facilitate your independent learning.

    How many hours per week of teaching/ personal tutoring?

    Each module typically has four hours per week contact time and students typically study three modules per week. In addition, all students are allocated a personal tutor before they start their degree.  They will meet with their personal tutor on a regular basis and are able to book office hours with them for both academic and pastoral support.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment methods include writing scientific reports, blogs, articles, giving presentations, and taking time constrained assessment and exams. Many modules are assessed through 100% coursework but some modules have exams that could be worth up to 60% of the final module grade.

    Any specialist facilities/ features?

    Our well-equipped Bioscience laboratories are modern research facilities enabling you to learn and develop your skills in an innovative and supportive environment. In addition, for students interested in more environmental biology the campus is adjacent to the River Nene and has its own nature reserve Current specialist lab facilities include:

    • cell culture facilities (for working with human cell lines – i.e. cancer cells)
    • genetics/genomics facilities for the analysis of DNA and RNA (including PCR and next-generation sequencing technology)
    • specialist Microbiology laboratories
    • fluorescence, bright-field and electron microscopy
    • environmental science research lab

    Special course features include:

    • on-site specialist laboratories for teaching and research.
    • Accreditation of this programme has been submitted to the Royal Society of Biology.
    • opportunities to engage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach activities.
    • continual networking with potential employers within the Bioscience industries.

Upcoming Open Days

Open Days give you the best experience and insight to courses, people and facilities that interest you. Make your choice easier and come meet us.

Staff


Jing Guo

Lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry
Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

View Profile

Careers and Employability


This course will open up a range of career opportunities, including:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Paramedic Science
  • Biomedical science
  • Teaching
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Food industry
  • Environment / Conservation​
  • Information Technology​
  • Sales
  • Public Health​
  • Health Service Admin​
  • Publishing and Media​
  • Think Tank/Policy Advising​
  • Research
  • Further study eg MSc/MPhil/PhD

Facilities


Our well-equipped Bioscience laboratories are modern research facilities enabling you to learn and develop your skills in an innovative and supportive environment.   In addition, for students interested in more environmental biology the campus is adjacent to the River Nene and has its own nature reserve Current specialist lab facilities include:

  • cell culture facilities (for working with human cell lines – i.e. cancer cells)
  • genetics/genomics facilities for the analysis of DNA and RNA (including PCR and next-generation sequencing technology)
  • specialist Microbiology laboratories
  • fluorescence, bright-field and electron microscopy
  • environmental science research lab

Special course features include:

  • on-site specialist laboratories for teaching and research.
  • Accreditation of this programme has been submitted to the Royal Society of Biology.
  • opportunities to engage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach activities.
  • continual networking with potential employers within the Bioscience industries.