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Department of Biosciences | BSc Biological Sciences (with Foundation Year)

Subject Ranking

# 301-350QS Subject Rankings

Program Duration

48 monthsProgram duration

Scholarship

YesScholarships

Main Subject Area

Biological SciencesMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Biological Sciences

Degree

BSc

Study Level

Undergraduate

Study Mode

On Campus

BSc Biological Sciences (with Foundation Year) at Durham University

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Satisfy your curiosity about biology with a flexible degree in Biological Sciences that will enhance your understanding of the world around you, from the detailed Structures of Biomolecules to Evolution at the level of Global Populations.


The Foundation Programme is designed for students from under-represented groups in higher education, who have the potential to achieve the standard for admission to Durham University, but who, because of educational disadvantage or disruption, do not have the level of attainment or access to qualifications required for entry to a Durham University course. The Foundation Programme is delivered by a dedicated team of academic tutors from Durham’s Centre for Academic Development (DCAD). Each year it provides places for 100 students and supports them to progress to Level 1 study in over 33 academic subjects from every academic Department in the University.


The Foundation Programme supports students to develop the skills and subject knowledge required for successful study at degree level. The content focuses on Developing Epistemological Maturity, Metacognitive Skills and Independent Learning, becoming increasingly specialised as the course progresses. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, students will progress to the first year of their degree C103 - Biological Sciences - Durham University.


With science and its challenges making today’s global headlines, studying this research-led modular degree will help you develop the skills you’ll need to pursue a career in the science sector and beyond. The course offers flexibility so that you can follow specialised routes within Biological Sciences by offering module combinations to address your specific areas of interest.


The curriculum links academic theory with practical experience, with themed routes covering Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science, Cell Biology, Plant Science, Genetics, and Ecology & Environmental Science.


The first year covers fundamental aspects of Biology including Evolution, Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiology, an overview of the Diversity of Organisms and the basics of scientific research.


Year 2 concentrates on providing the skills required for research-led learning.


The final year of the degree places the strongest emphasis on research, with taught content directly linked to research being carried out in the Department. Three core modules, a workshop/field course, a literature review and a research module, are combined with three modules linked to your interests and career aspirations.


As well as the three-year course, you can consider a work placement or a year abroad.


Students receive an outstanding education in Biosciences, also gaining valuable transferable skills to prepare them for future challenges, enhancing personal development and improving their employment prospects. These skills can be applied to roles across a range of sectors preparing students to be active thinkers and future leaders.


Graduates have gone on to roles in teaching, the health sector, industrial R&D and biotechnology, management, accountancy, conservation, ecological and environmental services, broadcast and print science journalism, environmental and biological patent law, the pharmaceutical industry, the civil service and the armed services. Graduates have also entered the NHS scientist training program. A large number also progress to postgraduate study at universities across the UK and overseas.


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Program overview

Main Subject

Biological Sciences

Degree

BSc

Study Level

Undergraduate

Study Mode

On Campus

BSc Biological Sciences (with Foundation Year) at Durham University

[email protected]


Satisfy your curiosity about biology with a flexible degree in Biological Sciences that will enhance your understanding of the world around you, from the detailed Structures of Biomolecules to Evolution at the level of Global Populations.


The Foundation Programme is designed for students from under-represented groups in higher education, who have the potential to achieve the standard for admission to Durham University, but who, because of educational disadvantage or disruption, do not have the level of attainment or access to qualifications required for entry to a Durham University course. The Foundation Programme is delivered by a dedicated team of academic tutors from Durham’s Centre for Academic Development (DCAD). Each year it provides places for 100 students and supports them to progress to Level 1 study in over 33 academic subjects from every academic Department in the University.


The Foundation Programme supports students to develop the skills and subject knowledge required for successful study at degree level. The content focuses on Developing Epistemological Maturity, Metacognitive Skills and Independent Learning, becoming increasingly specialised as the course progresses. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, students will progress to the first year of their degree C103 - Biological Sciences - Durham University.


With science and its challenges making today’s global headlines, studying this research-led modular degree will help you develop the skills you’ll need to pursue a career in the science sector and beyond. The course offers flexibility so that you can follow specialised routes within Biological Sciences by offering module combinations to address your specific areas of interest.


The curriculum links academic theory with practical experience, with themed routes covering Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science, Cell Biology, Plant Science, Genetics, and Ecology & Environmental Science.


The first year covers fundamental aspects of Biology including Evolution, Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiology, an overview of the Diversity of Organisms and the basics of scientific research.


Year 2 concentrates on providing the skills required for research-led learning.


The final year of the degree places the strongest emphasis on research, with taught content directly linked to research being carried out in the Department. Three core modules, a workshop/field course, a literature review and a research module, are combined with three modules linked to your interests and career aspirations.


As well as the three-year course, you can consider a work placement or a year abroad.


Students receive an outstanding education in Biosciences, also gaining valuable transferable skills to prepare them for future challenges, enhancing personal development and improving their employment prospects. These skills can be applied to roles across a range of sectors preparing students to be active thinkers and future leaders.


Graduates have gone on to roles in teaching, the health sector, industrial R&D and biotechnology, management, accountancy, conservation, ecological and environmental services, broadcast and print science journalism, environmental and biological patent law, the pharmaceutical industry, the civil service and the armed services. Graduates have also entered the NHS scientist training program. A large number also progress to postgraduate study at universities across the UK and overseas.


Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting - Durham is a university like no other!

Admission requirements

4 Years
Sep-2024

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

9,250 GBP
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International Students

-
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Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting. Durham is a university like no other!

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Masters/Postgraduate Taught courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

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