Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

A BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences from Westminster will provide you with a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills so that you are prepared to meet the needs of employers. Graduates from Biological Sciences go on to careers ranging from research, medicine, science and education, to law and management.

Biological Sciences at Westminster enables you to focus on molecular science, human biology or applied biosciences, or take a route designed specifically toward your own interests. We offer you the chance to explore cutting-edge topics in molecular biology and genetics, microbiology, the urban environment, global challenges, pharmacology, and biological applications. With a passion for scientific enquiry, our modules are research driven. You will have the chance to select a laboratory based final-year project, giving you experience in the latest methods and developments in medical and scientific research.

The flexibility offered within the Biological Sciences degree will enable you to select from a wide range of bioscience modules, throughout the programme the assessments are designed to equip you with a range of transferable skills important for any graduate career. The University career service and course related events provide opportunities to discover a range of bioscience related careers to support you in preparing for your future.

The 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 scientific and non-science careers.

The course is diverse and flexible, giving you the freedom to select modules and target your education towards your chosen career pathway. Alongside an excellent foundation in the biological knowledge through core modules, you will be able to explore the global challenges facing humanity and the planet – and the biological solutions to help overcome those challenges – through an extensive range of option subjects.

The 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.

Course structure

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
  • Infection and Immunity
  • 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
  • Clinical Immunology and Immunohaematology
  • 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.

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A levels – BBC to include two science subjects – one from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and one from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Geography and Economics
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 5 in two Higher Level science subjects
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma – DMM/D*D* in Applied Science
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction with at least a Merit in all Biology or Chemistry modules, plus at least grade C in Maths and English GCSEs

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Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 5 in two Higher Level science subjects

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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.

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to success in a wide range of careers, including graduate management programmes, healthcare management, medicine and biomedical research, forensics, pharmaceutical sciences and teaching.

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

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

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

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International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

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Student success

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

  • James Lanyard (Biochemistry 2017) Royal Society of Biology top student on an accredited degree
  • Camila Gaspar (Biochemistry 2016) Biochemical Society Prize
  • Angela Maria Lizarazo Pertuz (Biological Sciences, Biotechnology 2016) Institute of Biology prize
  • Heidi Louise Falvey (Biological Sciences, Microbiology, 2016) The Microbiology Society Prize
  • James Camp (Pharmacology and Physiology, 2016) The Physiology Society Prize and The British Pharmacological Society BSc Pharmacology Prize
  • Pavandip Panesar  (Pharmacology and Physiology, 2016) British Pharmacological Society Student Contribution Prize.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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