Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
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.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

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).

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

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • 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 4 in two Higher Level science subjects
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma – DMM/D*D* in Applied Science
  • Access to HE Diploma in Science – 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

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

  • GCSEs – at least grade 4 in Maths and English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

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

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 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 element.

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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 Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

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 content

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: £13,400 (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 content

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.

Find out more

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
  • 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 our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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