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Biology BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    C100

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4-6 years part time
    4 years full time with foundation study

  • Starting:

    Sept

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


This course has been temporarily suspended for this year, but we welcome applications for September 2021.

Biological skills and knowledge are important in the modern world. At the University of Northampton your Biology degree will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge to understand the interactions between the natural world and human activities and health, skills currently in high demand.

This flexible, interdisciplinary course allows you to follow a programme with modules drawn from both biology and environmental science. In the first year you will follow a broad common programme which will give you the knowledge base to decide which topics you want to study for the rest of your degree, whether you specialise, or continue to study a more varied programme.

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.

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Highlights


  • Customise your degree to your individual needs and interests.
  • Opportunities for visits, fieldwork and overseas travel
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content


  • Biology’s role in society is explored through this course. This interdisciplinary degree provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of biology and to recognise its relevance to society at national and global levels. You will learn a wide range of laboratory and field skills as well as gaining a solid base learning about current issues and research areas

    Our modules are informed by staff actively researching in their specialist areas, introducing you to science principles to help you develop analytical skills and encourage you to evaluate and recommend solutions to real-life, local to global, biological problems.

    Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used to examine large biological data sets. Skills in managing big data, analysing spatial relationships and thinking about biological problems at different scales are skills that modern biologists need both in biological conservation and human health.

    Opportunities Abroad

    The cost for this trip in 2016 was approximately £550. Alternatively, there is the option of staying in Northampton to study local field sites and perform a river survey. Staff also encourage students to apply for travel grants for study visits abroad during the summer vacation periods.

    Methods of Learning

    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 practical, workshops, learning how to use new software, fieldwork, seminars and lectures. Most modules have two hours of contact time per week, but sometimes sessions can be longer or shortened depending on the activity e.g. day long fieldwork excursions.

    Two modules have been semisterised, which means that one module is delivered in the Autumn Term (ENV1012) and the other (ENV1002) is delivered in the Spring term. This arrangement has allowed for a four hours contact time per week to enable you to get the most out of practical sessions, workshops and field visits.

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

    Assessments

    Assessment methods include writing specific 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.

      • Module code: ENV1002
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides an introduction to the science of ecology. It considers basic ecological concepts and principles and focuses on individuals populations interactions (between species) communities and ecosystems.
      • Module code: ENV1012
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is an introduction to biological classification and diversity using the Six Kingdom classification as its starting point. The module introduces a range of organisms discusses the way in which they are classified by systematists their interrelationships and the ways in which they are adapted to their environments. It also discusses the significance of these groups in relation to ecosystem function
      • Module code: SLS1006
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to the basic principles and concepts of physiology and to develop an understanding of how different systems are integrated to produce homeostasis.The focus will be on human physiology and will study the form and functions of the major body systems.
      • Module code: SLS1013
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give level 4 students an introduction to human biochemistry and cell biology. You will study the molecules and chemical processes that occur in living organisms and explore the structure and function of cells their components and their interactions with the external environment.
      • Module code: SLS1019
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide an insight into how invading organisms can cause disease and relate human world health issues to populations. This module allows students to develop a broad understanding of infectious disease across the globe and the biology of the the causative agents as well as examining intrinsic & extrinsic strategies to combat microbial pathogens.
      • Module code: SLS1020
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give you an introduction to genetics and molecular biology. You will learn about the fundamental mechanisms of DNA replication transcription and translation. You will also explore how the tools of molecular biology including cloning and PCR allow the manipulation and understanding of genes and the proteins they encode.
      • Module code: ENV2018
        Status: Compulsory
        In this module knowledge and understanding of communities and ecosystems is applied to selected terrestrial and freshwater/wetland systems. Habitats considered include woodlands grasslands lakes rivers swamps marshes and mires. This module places emphasis on the functional ecology of these habitats in terms of both ecosystem dynamics and human impacts.
      • Module code: ENV2036
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with a background and foundation necessary for research.
      • Module code: ENV2103
        Status: Designate
        Biogeography combines ecology and geography to help us understand spatial patterns of biodiversity. `It is the study of distributions of organisms habitats and biomes both past and present and of related patterns of variation over the earth in the numbers and kinds of living things' (Brown & Lomolino 1998).
      • Module code: ENV2124
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides opportunities for field-based investigations either within Britain or further afield*. The module allows scope for students to be involved in more in-depth fieldwork actitvities than a standard module would allow. Data analysis and scientific reporting skills are developed as are collaborative working skills as students work in teams to collect data in the field and to report on research. (*NB. There may be an additional charge for overseas fieldwork ? contact module tutor for further info.)
      • Module code: SLS2001
        Status: Designate
        The sequencing of the human genome has enhanced our understanding of the genetic basis of disease and led to the emerging fields of both bioinformatics and genomics. This module will extend the students' appreciation of molecular biology learnt in SLS1020 while introducing students to both genomics and bioinformatics. The focus will be on applications of genomics to human disease forensics and sports science.
      • Module code: SLS2010
        Status: Designate
        Students will develop an understanding of the biochemical physiological genetic and immunological mechanisms involved in disease processes. Although the topics covered seem to concentrate on disease rather than health the approach will be to emphasise preventative interventions both at the individual and population level.
      • Module code: SLS2015
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide the students who have studied physiology and biochemistry in year one with a program that will introduce them to the study of pharmacology. This module will focus on basic mechanisms of drug action e.g. how drugs interact with the body and understand how drug action is measured quantitatively.
      • Module code: SLS2016
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to give the student the opportunity to investigate the mechanisms underlying metabolic activities and physiological processes. By achieving the learning outcomes this module aims to develop an understanding of biochemical regulation of the processes of life. Students will work toward securing the basic foundation needed to study all areas of biology preparing them to undertake their independent research projects.
      • Module code: ENV3013
        Status: Designate
        This module explores social economic and environmental issues associated with land use. Ethical consumerism will be linked to contemporary land use. Techniques for the evaluation of landscapes (including GIS) will be introduced and the effectiveness of policies and legislation that aim to facilitate sustainable development will be critically evaluated and discussed.
      • Module code: ENV3021
        Status: Designate
        This module deals with theoretical aspects of measuring biodiversity and understanding patterns of its distribution. It also considers more practical elements in terms of the practice of wildlife conservation including the evaluation and assessment of biodiversity for conservation.
      • Module code: ENV3131
        Status: Compulsory
        The module involves a work placement (to take place before starting the final year) to help familiarisation with workplace practices and to help to reflect upon skills needed. The module helps students to refine career aspirations and engage in career action planning via developing skills of analysis synthesis and reflection.
      • Module code: ENV4101
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to carry out an independent student-led supervisor-supported investigation in a specific area related to their main field of study within their programme and to communicate their findings in the form of a written dissertation.
      • Module code: SLS3001
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the effect of modern lifestyles on human survival. Humanity has a large influence in shaping the environment; whichalthough often beneficial is now also having detrimental effects on human health and longevity. This module investigates and appraises contemporary environmental issues and critically analyses and evaluates the application of biological principles to interpret the evidence.
      • Module code: SLS3002
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on the understanding of material learnt in SLS2001. This will enable students to develop a deeper understanding of how genes behave both at the level of the individual and in populations. There will be an emphasis on linkage association and interaction of genes with other genes and the environment and a discussion of how these factors influence complex traits and diseases.
      • Module code: SLS3003
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on the knowledge of the immune system that students have acquired from the Health and Disease module at Level 5. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how the immune system functions and an appreciation of the central role that it plays in determining our state of health.
      • Module code: SLS3010
        Status: Designate
        Build on the knowledge of the CNS neurophysiology and pharmacology studied in previous years. To develop an understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying phenomennon such as neural plasticity and synaptic potentiation. To develop an understanding of the CNS in health and disease.
  • UK & EU

    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.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    Additional Costs

    Opportunities Abroad (optional)

    The cost for this trip in 2019 was approximately £550. Alternatively, there is the option of staying in Northampton to study local field sites and perform a river survey. Staff also encourage students to apply for travel grants for study visits abroad during the summer vacation periods.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    International

    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.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation Study Framework: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

  • As part of your degree you have the opportunity to participate in field studies on Tenerife (for an additional sum of approximately £550) where you will learn field research methods and contribute to ongoing long term research.

    There are around 140 endemic species of plants on Tenerife and due to the location of the island and a range of climatic influences, a diverse range of habitats are found, ranging from arid xerophytic volcanic rock environments to the laurel cloud forest.
    Several modules include field trips and we also have guest speakers for some modules

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