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Biology, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Specialise from year two onwards in a wide choice of modules - from cancer research to ecology
  • Research an original project of your choice in the third year working with professors in the relevant fields
  • Travel to Spain for a field trip, hear from speakers with international experience and benefit from expertise in global issues such as biofuels, food security and biodiversity.

Overview

Overview

Biology graduates' careers lie within a broad range of areas, such as the agriculture, food, pharmaceutical, health, biotechnology, biomedical, ecology and research sectors.

Why choose our BSc Biology?

BSc Biology offers a unique breadth of study. You will experience the subject from a cellular level through to human biology to an environmental, global level. The degree includes many of the same core options that Biomedical Science and Biological Science offer, as well as further modules for you to choose from year two onwards. Study a whole module on cancer therapeutics taught by a leading writer Lauren Pecorino, or neuroscience to explore the the complexities of neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease.

This programme is highly practical - it offers a lot of field work and laboratory practical work opportunities. iPads and online interaction during lectures make for an exciting learning experience.

Small classes, big subjects

You can expect to have small laboratory class sizes and tutor support. Your personal tutor knows your name, and you won't feel like a statistic. You will also benefit from exposure to popular lectures from other programmes such as biomedical science, human nutrition, pharmaceutical science, geography and environmental science, as you choose.

International career development

There is an international focus to the BSc Biology programme: you can travel to Spain for field trip, hear from speakers with international experience, and benefit from global expertise across four different departments. This includes the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) which specialises on international issues like biofuels, food security, biodiversity, genetic modification and organic crops.

In previous years our Life and Sports Science Department has sent students on placements to a range of employers to experience lab based work in Spain, Turkey, United States and France. You can also apply for an extra diploma of industrial practice when you complete a placement.

Increasingly, employment opportunities are becoming more global through EU organisations and in the international biological and ecological science sectors. A key element of the programme will be development of the qualities and knowledge profile required to fit the needs of biology-related industries and employers.

Multi-disciplinary module options

The BSc Biology programme's multi-disciplinary structure offers you a wide choice of modules to study broadly or specialise in an area of your choice such as molecular biology or medical research. You are exposed to an international team of professors from across all these disciplines from day one, and can get a sense of what area you're interested in and want to continue in. Modules require a minimum number of students to run each year, so these are subject to change.

The programme is designed collaboratively between four of our departments, offering a variety of choice:

  • Medway School of Pharmacy
  • Natural Resources Institute (NRI)
  • Life and Sports Science
  • Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Science.

Natural Resources Institute

The NRI is a unique multi-disciplinary academic centre within the university. It has an established reputation for delivering high quality research, advice, teaching and training in support of global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction. NRI projects include partnerships with the UK Government's Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Medway School of Pharmacy

Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the University of Greenwich and Kent University. It offers specialist teaching in pharmacy, pharmacology, physiology and chemistry. Because of its close knit and well supported approach, it scores consistently high marks in the National Student Survey each year.

Department of Life and Sports Science

In our Life and Sports Science department you can specialise in a range of topics, such as medical biochemistry, medical physiology or sports science (with professional football coaching), depending on your interest. Some subjects, like biomedical sciences, are vocational and accredited by professional bodies, while subjects like biological sciences provide entry to teaching and research.

Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences

Teaching in this department is underpinned by exciting, world-class research activities in all areas. The department has strong research and enterprise interests in medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, metabonomics, bioactive materials, chemometrics, land remediation, geographical information systems and environmental conservation and chemistry.

Location

The Medway campus is only an hour from central London, based on the Kent coast in a county known as the Garden of England. It's two stops away from Europe by train, and less than an hour from the local and global pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Aesica. There are several hospitals locally for NHS-based placements and a wide range of private and research laboratories such as those found in Kent Science Park. We create opportunities for students to engage with these organisations. 

You can also explore the areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Darland Banks, preserved by the Kent Wildlife Trust, and Cliffe Pools, protected by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Medway is an excellent place to study biology.

Facilities

We provide you with a white laboratory coat, an iPad, safety glasses in the first few weeks of your programme. Although field work would be funded by student, we offer a range of bursaries and scholarships to support you with tuition fees.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary understanding of biology, from the molecular to the global level
  • Develop the learning, analytical, critical, and presentational skills to support lifetime learning and career development
  • Investigate, document and analyse living systems and understand underlying philosophical, ethical and scientific paradigms relevant to biology
  • Provide the understanding, knowledge portfolio and skills needed to thrive in industry, academia or public sector locally and globally
  • Prepare graduates for employment opportunities in the biomedical science, biotechnology, environmental consultancy, agribusiness and sustainable development sectors.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical Offer: 112 Points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma

Subjects:

  • A-level: 32 Points from Biology
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 32 Points from A-level Biology and Chemistry
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

Interview Required? Yes

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science
  • Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree, with which you may be able to enter this degree in Year 3.

For more information, contact  courseinfo@gre.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information

Assessment

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • Groupwork
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Investigations
  • Online problem solving

Students are assessed through a mix of:

  • Written examinations
  • Course work
  • Case study reports
  • Problem-solving exercises
  • Critical reviews and analysis
  • Presentations
  • Scenario based assessments
  • Practical reports, together with independent project reports.

Professional recognition

Accreditation is being planned, and discussions are under way with the relevant professional bodies.

Careers

Employment opportunities are available in industrial and medical research. You could also create health or environmental policy, or work as a consultant, normally for companies and non-governmental organisations. You may also pursue careers in teaching and writing for scientific journals. After this programme, you could also apply for medical school and qualify as a doctor in four years, or become a physician's associate and qualify in two years. You can also progress to MSc or PhD level following this programme.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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