Biological Sciences BSc Honours

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UCAS code: C900 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

Our 2016 undergraduate courses feature some exciting new changes based on student feedback, which include providing more opportunities for you to broaden your knowledge and skills while here. See full details about the changes to our undergraduate courses.

Start: 17 September 2016
Duration: 3 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2016/17 only.

Home/EU: £9,000.00
Overseas: £12,250.00

A degree in Biological Sciences from Westminster will provide you with the experiences and skills to support you in careers ranging from medicine, education and science, to law and management. The world-class education you will receive offers a flexible way to study the life sciences, and will enable you to tailor your course to best suit your end goals and interests.

Biological Sciences at Westminster gives you the chance to grow and develop the lifelong skills sought by employers. The course enables you to focus on molecular science or applied bioscience, 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 final-year project, giving you experience in the latest methods and developments in medical and scientific research.

The course is designed with flexibility at its core, which is reflected in the breadth of education you will receive and in the modern and dynamic approach to teaching and learning.

Course content

The Biological Sciences BSc has been designed to help you succeed in both 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 biosciences 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 specifically designed so that you can follow a molecular science thread, an applied bioscience thread, or construct your own thread through the module choices.

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

The range of assessment methods includes exams, laboratory practicals, essays, blogs, posters and presentations. 

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Study subjects include:

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

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Study subjects include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Exploring the Microbial World
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Physiological Networks
  • Research Methods
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Urban Living and the Environment

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Study subjects include:

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

The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four years.

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As part of your course you can 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 electives.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who do not meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

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

The flexibility offered in the Biological Sciences degree will allow you to target your chosen path in life, and we support you in preparing for your future. The course will provide the knowledge base to help you succeed in a scientific career. You will also develop a broad range of graduate skills which will give you a competitive edge in a non-scientific career if that is your choice.

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

 

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.

Accommodation

After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Students on Biology courses within the Faculty of Science and Technology started their own YouTube channel 'Naturally Selected' where they discuss a variety of Science themes and new developments. 

Subscribe to Naturally Selected here.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

DateTitleLocation
08 October 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
09 November 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
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Science and Technology

Our active research and postgraduate programmes also ensure that undergraduate students are in close contact with the cutting edge of applied scientific knowledge.

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