Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our Biological Sciences BSc will give you a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and the key skills to prepare you for careers ranging from research, medicine, science and education, to law and management.

Our flexible course enables you to focus on molecular science, human biology or applied biosciences, or take a route designed specifically toward your own interests.

Alongside developing an excellent foundation in biological knowledge, through the study of our core modules, you'll be able to explore global challenges facing humanity and the planet – and the biological solutions to help overcome those challenges – through an extensive range of optional subjects.

You'll have the chance to explore cutting-edge topics in molecular biology and genetics, microbiology, the urban environment, global challenges, pharmacology, and biological applications. Our modules are research driven, with a passion for scientific enquiry.

You'll also have the opportunity to undertake a lab-based final-year project, giving you experience in the latest methods and developments in medical and scientific research.

The University Careers and Employability Service and course-related events provide opportunities to discover a range of bioscience-related careers to support you in preparing for your future.

Our Biological Sciences BSc has been designed to provide a thorough knowledge of biosciences and to equip you with vital transferable skills that will help you to succeed in both science and non-science careers.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Choose your own path – Our course is diverse and flexible, giving you the freedom to select modules and target your education towards your chosen career pathway
  • Gain lab experience – You can gain experience in the latest methods and developments in medical and scientific research by choosing to undertake a lab-based final-year project
  • Excellent graduate employment – 95% of our Biological Sciences BSc graduates are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Source: Discover Uni – (site accessed in April 2020)
  • Award-winning biosciences graduates – The success of our biosciences students has been recognised by a wide range of external awards, including the Biochemical Society Prize and the Royal Society of Biology's Top Student Award

Course structure

Our course is designed so that you can follow one of three routes: molecular science, environmental and microbiology or human biology. However, the flexibility of the program enables you to construct your own thread through the broad range of module choices.

Learning and teaching opportunities are a mixture of face-to-face teaching (lectures, seminars, tutorials, field-trips and practicals), independent work, group work, laboratory classes, virtual simulations and online support activities.

The range of assessment methods includes laboratory practical skills, data analysis, practical proformas, essays, wikis, blogs, posters, presentations and exams.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Study subjects include:

  • Applications of Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Human Physiology
  • Science: History, Philosophy and Practice

Credit Level 4

Study subjects include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Exploring the Microbial World
  • Human Parasitology
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Medical Genetics in Practice
  • Medical Physiology
  • Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Physiological Networks
  • Research Methods
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Urban Living and the Environment

Credit Level 5

Study subjects include:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Applied Medical Science
  • Cancer Biology
  • Designing a Sustainable World
  • Global Ethics
  • Medical Microbiology in the Genomics Era
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Topics in Neuroscience
  • Undergraduate Research Project
  • Work Experience and Career Management Skills

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Biological Science degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Graduates from this accredited programme benefit from associate membership of the Royal Society of Biology, which opens up networks at a crucial time when applying for jobs and provides a foundation from which to apply for CBiol (Chartered Biologist).

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

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Graduates in work and/or further study

95% of our Biological Sciences BSc graduates are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. 

Source: Discover Uni – (site accessed in April 2020)

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Student satisfaction

93% of our Biological Sciences BSc students were satisfied with the quality of the course.

Source: Discover Uni – (site accessed in April 2020)

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Felt challenged to achieve their best work

93% of students agreed that our course has challenged them to achieve their best work. 

Source: Discover Uni – (site accessed in April 2020)

Graduate success

The success of our biosciences students has been recognised by a wide range of external awards, including:

  • Biochemical Society Prize – Camila Gaspar (Biochemistry 2016) 
  • British Pharmacological Society Student Contribution Prize – Pavandip Panesar  (Pharmacology and Physiology, 2016) 
  • Royal Society of Biology Top Student Award –James Linyard (Biochemistry 2017)
  • The Physiology Society Prize and The British Pharmacological Society BSc Pharmacology Prize – James Camp (Pharmacology and Physiology, 2016) 

Job roles

The flexibility offered within our Biological Sciences degree will enable you to select from a wide range of bioscience modules, and the assessments are designed to equip you with a range of transferable skills important for any graduate career.

Our graduates have gone on to success in a wide range of careers, including:

  • Forensics
  • Graduate management programmes
  • Healthcare management
  • Medicine and biomedical research
  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Teaching

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Target your education

Our flexible course allows you to focus on molecular science, human biology or applied biosciences, or take a route designed specifically towards your chosen career pathway.

 

 

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Explore cutting-edge topics

Our research-driven modules give you the chance to explore the latest in molecular biology and genetics, microbiology, the urban environment, global challenges, pharmacology, and biological applications. 

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Fantastic London location

Our central London location means that you'll be perfectly placed to take advantage of career and collaboration opportunities in the city.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – CCC to BBB (to inculde one from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and one from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Geography and Economics)
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMM to DDM in Applied Science
  • BTEC Diploma - DD to D*D* in Applied Science
  • Access – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course in Science

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50-£100 for additional materials at Level 4 and around £30 for day trips at Level 5.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50-£100 for additional materials at Level 4 and around £30 for day trips at Level 5.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

visit our student hub

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Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring,

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.
 

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