Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Biological Sciences

Biosciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich C101 AAA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time C103 AAA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich C100 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time C102 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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Biological sciences course overview

This course is designed to develop your understanding of the processes underlying life and health in whole organisms and their interplay with the environment. The course has a fundamental core of biology and introduces you to a wide variety of topics within biological sciences, with broader consideration of molecular and cellular processes.

Facilities

The Department is well-equipped to enable the practical examination of the underlying physics of many everyday phenomena – for example, the study of optics and the behaviour of light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and mechanics. In addition to our laboratories, the department also boasts its own radio telescope and an observatory with a 16 inch GPS equatorial mounted Meade optical telescope, 8 inch GPS mobile optical telescope, Coronado solar telescope and an Elliot Instruments spectrometer.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1

Indicative areas studied may include:

  • Human Evolution and Adaption
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Lab Skills for Biology I
  • Data Analysis and Scientific Skills

Year 2

Indicative areas studied may include:

  • Human Biology Research Methods: Data Analysis
  • Lab Skills for Biology II
  • Biochemistry of Microorganisms
  • Cellular Signalling and Transport
  • Functional Genomics
  • Growth, Development and Ageing
  • Metabolic Basis of Health or Exercise Physiology or Interdisciplinary Science

Optional placement/study year

Students taking the four-year course spend their third year on placement in an approved occupation or studying at an international university relevant to their degree. Satisfactory completion of the placement leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Studies or Diploma in International Studies. Although it is the student's responsibility to arrange the placement or exchange, considerable support is available from within the School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences and the wider University (e.g. Student Services).


Final Year

Indicative areas for your studies may include

  • Research project

Options selected from:

  • Cellular Adaptation and Degeneration
  • Advanced Genetics of Health
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Virology and Oncology
  • Human Performance at Environmental Extremes
  • Applied Physiology of Sports Performance
  • Physiology of Exercise and Health

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

 

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, laboratory work, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.


C101 Biological Sciences - MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including Biology plus one other science or Mathematics
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including HL Biology plus one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science: D*D plus A Level Biology at grade A
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

C103 Biological Sciences - MSci (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including Biology plus one other science or Mathematics
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including HL Biology plus one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science: D*D plus A Level Biology at grade A
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

C100 Biological Sciences - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB including Biology plus one other science or Mathematics
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Biology plus one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science: D*D plus A Level Biology at grade B
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

C102 Biological Sciences - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including Biology plus one other science or Mathematics
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Biology plus one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science: D*D plus A Level Biology at grade B
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

Biology, Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology and Environmental Science are all considered as science subjects for admissions purposes. Physical Education is not counted as a science but is acceptable as a third subject.

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application. In some cases we may invite applicants for interviews in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. We hope that all applicants would take the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is not required.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

A biological sciences degree has a natural fit with the science and health sectors and provides wide-ranging skills including communication and problem solving.

Examples include: medical and veterinary product development; quality assurance and sales; product development and testing in the pharmaceutical industry; the food and brewing industry; in medical laboratories; the biotechnology industry; environmental organisations such as consultancies and charities; and in local government and non-government organisations, as well as teaching and research.

Industrial placements

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills, and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: C101

MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: C103

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: C100

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: C102