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Biology BSc (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 12/06/2020

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.

Microbiology Lab Tour

Course

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.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

Additional

Information

Fieldwork

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

Course Details

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.

Read more

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Your Biology degree from the University of Northampton will open up a wide range of career opportunities. You could work in the public or private sector, for small or large organisation or for yourself.

Depending on how you choose to focus your degree you could work as an ecological consultant, in conservation biology or management, wildlife management, as a research scientist, science writer, working for government agencies or local government, in healthcare, or policy.

Previous students have gone on work in many of these areas.  If you want to continue along the academic route you can go on to postgraduate study.

The final year Career Planning and Placement module helps you develop your skills in finding applying for and securing employment, so you will be better prepared for the world of work after you graduate.

Contacts

Course Enquiries

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. Those who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. 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 programme you wish to study.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Ecology (20 Credits)
    Module code: ENV1002
    Core Module Y
  • Biodiversity: An Introduction (20 Credits)
    Module code: ENV1012
    Core Module Y
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology (20 Credits)
    Module code: SLS1013
    Core Module Y
  • Introduction to Physiology (20 Credits)
    Module code: SLS1006
    Core Module Y
  • Introduction to Microbiology (20 Credits)
    Module code: SLS1019
    Core Module Y
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology (20 Credits)
    Module code: SLS1020
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

Our laboratories are modern and well equipped with research facilities that will enable you to learn and develop your skills in an innovative and supportive environment.

Specialist 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

Special course features include:

  • Great flexibility within the course to allow you to focus your degree on the area of Biology that most interests you
  • Career planning module allowing you to develop your employability skills and help focus future career aspirations
  • There are several fieldwork opportunities throughout the course
  • On-site specialist laboratories for teaching and research.
  • Opportunities to engage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach activities.
  • Continual networking with potential employers within the Bioscience industries.
Reading List
  • Stuart Johnson (2014) Study and Communication Skills for Biosciences. OUP Oxford 2nd Edition. ISBN-10 0199663297
  • Calvin Dytham (2010) Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide. Wiley-Blackwell, 3rd Edition. ISBN-10 1405198397

Research

at the University of Northampton

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Changing Futures Week

Industry trips and tricks

Changing Futures is a five-day, University wide showcase of activities and industry speakers to help students explore skills and activities to develop their academic and personal lives.

Business and Enterprise

Opportunities Available

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

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)

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)

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary

The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary supports a small number of undergraduate students who are studying a full-time three year BSc or BEng in Environmental…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Is this course
for you?

Apply Now

Foundation Study Framework

Course information

The Foundation Study Framework 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 for Biology we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Biology programme which includes a Foundation Study Framework Year. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

Read more


*Course data provided by Unistats

Laptops, Trips and Internships

We offer our students the following benefits included within tuition fees.

  • A HP laptop*
  • Funded travel and accommodation on compulsory trips
  • Paid internships via the Northampton Employment Promise
  • Free Microsoft Office and Windows 10
  • Free sports clubs and societies

*Terms and conditions apply

Student Study Perks

The most comprehensive student support package in the UK.

Discover more

Updated 12/06/2020

  • 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.

    Microbiology Lab Tour

    Course

    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.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

  • 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.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Fieldwork

    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

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      Your Biology degree from the University of Northampton will open up a wide range of career opportunities. You could work in the public or private sector, for small or large organisation or for yourself.

      Depending on how you choose to focus your degree you could work as an ecological consultant, in conservation biology or management, wildlife management, as a research scientist, science writer, working for government agencies or local government, in healthcare, or policy.

      Previous students have gone on work in many of these areas.  If you want to continue along the academic route you can go on to postgraduate study.

      The final year Career Planning and Placement module helps you develop your skills in finding applying for and securing employment, so you will be better prepared for the world of work after you graduate.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. Those who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. 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 programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course Enquiries

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • Introduction to Ecology (20 Credits)
      Module code: ENV1002
      Core Module Y
    • Biodiversity: An Introduction (20 Credits)
      Module code: ENV1012
      Core Module Y
    • Biochemistry and Cell Biology (20 Credits)
      Module code: SLS1013
      Core Module Y
    • Introduction to Physiology (20 Credits)
      Module code: SLS1006
      Core Module Y
    • Introduction to Microbiology (20 Credits)
      Module code: SLS1019
      Core Module Y
    • Genetics and Molecular Biology (20 Credits)
      Module code: SLS1020
      Core Module Y
      • Stuart Johnson (2014) Study and Communication Skills for Biosciences. OUP Oxford 2nd Edition. ISBN-10 0199663297
      • Calvin Dytham (2010) Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist's Guide. Wiley-Blackwell, 3rd Edition. ISBN-10 1405198397

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    Our laboratories are modern and well equipped with research facilities that will enable you to learn and develop your skills in an innovative and supportive environment.

    Specialist 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

    Special course features include:

    • Great flexibility within the course to allow you to focus your degree on the area of Biology that most interests you
    • Career planning module allowing you to develop your employability skills and help focus future career aspirations
    • There are several fieldwork opportunities throughout the course
    • On-site specialist laboratories for teaching and research.
    • Opportunities to engage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach activities.
    • Continual networking with potential employers within the Bioscience industries.
    • at the University of Northampton

      We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • Industry trips and tricks

      Changing Futures is a five-day, University wide showcase of activities and industry speakers to help students explore skills and activities to develop their academic and personal lives.

    • Opportunities Available

      We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 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)

    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)

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

    The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary

    The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary supports a small number of undergraduate students who are studying a full-time three year BSc or BEng in Environmental…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Course information

    The Foundation Study Framework 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 for Biology we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Biology programme which includes a Foundation Study Framework Year. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Read more

*Course data provided by Unistats

Is this course
for you?

Apply Now

Laptops, Trips and Internships

We offer our students the following benefits included within tuition fees.

Student Study Perks

The most comprehensive student support package in the UK.

Discover more