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BSc (Hons) Biology

University of Portsmouth
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Course UCAS code: C100
Qualification type:
  • BSc (Hons), Full-time , Duration: 3 Years
Course Summary:
**Overview** Are you excited by the natural world and want to be on the frontline of tackling issues like fighting disease, protecting endangered species, and combating food and water shortages? This accredited BSc (Hons) Biology degree course gives you the knowledge and skills to support your interest in living things. With it, you can build a career in education, research, scientific journalism or the biotechnology and environmental sectors. You'll also be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Society of Biology. This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification is recognised in the industry. This gives you an edge over those who didn't do an accredited course when you're applying for jobs. **What you'll experience** On this degree course, you'll: - Develop your knowledge and abilities by learning from internationally recognised scientists who are leading the way in their respective fields - Cover areas at the forefront of scientific endeavour, including biotechnology, ecology, cell biology and molecular biology - Put your knowledge to work in the lab, using world-class equipment and the latest technology - Specialise in subjects that interest you most, from marine and terrestrial biology, to molecular genetics - Develop problem-solving, communication and numeracy skills alongside technical skills - Explore the diversity of local ecosystems and go on field trips to UK and tropical destinations such as Lulworth Cove, Devon and Mexico - Have the chance to study abroad on a conservation or research scheme - Equipment you can use on this course includes: - molecular biology instrumentation - chemical analysis facilities for detecting pollutants - fluorescence microscopes, scanning and transmission electron microscopes **Facilities you can use include:** - microbiology and embryology laboratories with high-tech imaging and gene analysis equipment - ancient DNA preparation and analysis laboratories - water quality laboratory - the European Xenopus Resource Centre - research greenhouse **Careers and opportunities** What can you do with a Biology degree? Completing this BSc (Hons) Biology degree course will open doors to further study and academic research. As a modern biologist, you can also put your degree to work in areas such as: - biotechnology - the food industry - science administration - biomedical research - environmental consultancy - teaching **What jobs can you do with a Biology degree?** Roles our graduates have taken on include: - research scientist - science technician - grant administrator - medical writer - biomedical sales specialist - ecological surveyor Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. We'll support you for up to 5 years after you graduate.
Year 1 core modules in this year include: Biodiversity & Evolution, Ecology, Plants and Human Impact, Experimental Biology, Introduction to Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Biology. Year 2 core modules in this year include: Community Ecology and Residential Field Course. Optional modules in this year currently include: Animal Science, Business for Biosciences, Cell Biology, Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, Development; How Form and Function Changes, Enzymes and Metabolism, Genetics, Hydrology and Freshwater Ecosystems, Introduction to Teaching, Marine Organisms and Ecosystem, Microbiology, Plant Science. Placement year (optional): On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You'll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 core modules in this year include: Honours Project. Optional modules in this year currently include: Aspects of Terrestrial Ecology and Evolution, Biotechnology, Environmental Microbiology, Gene Organisation And Expression, Genes and Development, Genomics in Molecular Medicine, Marine Ecology and Conservation.
Assessment Methods:
You'll be assessed through written exams, coursework, essays and practical write-ups, presentations, multiple choice tests, a research project. You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Application deadline details:

15 January

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There’s a lot to love in Pompey, a city geared towards students with loads of great bars, pubs, and shops. The nightlife is incredible, loads of student nights on and everyone is up for it. The main place to go out is the strip of clubs by the Guildhall, although there are lots of little places if you seek them out. The uni is also amazingly supportive, with great facilities and the Purple Door offering great careers support for all students, and the SU is also really helpful as well as serving amazing drinks and food.

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University Admissions Centre:
Tel. 023 9284 5566
Email. [email protected]

University Admissions Centre:
Tel. 023 9284 5566
Email. [email protected]

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  • lauren-katie's avatar by lauren-katie on 22nd July 2019
    Love Portsmouth uni so much! Soo glad I went here as it’s perfect for me. It’s a city but not too big as you can literally walk anywhere, buses really aren’t necessary! Always close to the beach and shopping places too. Love my tutors and friends I’ve made and the societies are so fun to join and meet new people at.
  • by Anonymous on 1st October 2015
    Living in the city is great. The university itself is great. Just watch out for dodgy landlords.
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