Key Facts

Course Title: Biology
Course type: Dual Honours, Major
Entry Requirements: full details
Approximate intake: 50
Study Abroad: Yes
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Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Subject Area: Life Sciences
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Barbary macaque  The Course Offers

  • An emphasis on whole organisms
  • A broad science degree in an established subject
  • Flexibility and choice
  • Good range of subject-specific and transferable skills
  • One-to-one supervision of projects and dissertations
  • The opportunity to study abroad at a range of partners in the USA, Canada, another part of Europe or Australia
  • The opportunity to have an industrial placement as a sandwich year. This can be spent working in one of 16 laboratories at European institutions, including the Pasteur Institute. ERASMUS funding is available for the placements
  • No requirement for A-or AS-level chemistry

Degree Routes

Biology may be studied for the following modular degrees, all involving some interdisciplinary aspects.

BSc Dual Honours: with a second subject studied for three years.

BSc Biology (Major): including study of a second subject for the first two years.

The BSc programmes are of three years’ duration (or four years with an industrial placement).

Three-Year Courses: Dual Honours and Biology (Major)

The first two years of Biology are the same for all Biology degree routes. In the dual honours route, Biology is studied alongside another subject of your choice for all three years of your course. The Biology (Major) route differs only in the final third year, where students select all or nearly all their modules from Biology.

Four-Year Courses: BSc with Industrial Placement

You can register for an academically accredited industrial placement for a minimum of six months. The marks obtained while undertaking this placement are integrated into the final year of studies. The placement is taken during the third year in an approved government or industrial establishment or field centre within the UK or at a partner institute abroad. This placement provides not only practical skills training, but also valuable employability skills, opportunities for personal development and enhancement of graduate attributes. The experience you will gain may prove particularly beneficial when you return to the University and in the early stages of your career. While we will attempt to find suitable placements, these cannot be guaranteed and you will be encouraged to make your own contacts, which we will need to check prior to approval. If you cannot find a suitable placement you will be transferred to the three-year BSc course.


Course Structure

The Biology course concentrates on whole organisms, their relationships with the environment and one another, and the way in which they have evolved. The course starts with modules that include key aspects of the subject and impart some of the excitement of a science that is of such importance for human life on our planet. You will also be able to choose modules and so have the opportunity to specialise in areas of the subject that reflect your interests and ambitions, such as animal biology or human biology. The emphasis throughout is on the whole organism. Cell and molecular biology (which can be studied extensively in the Biochemistry course) receive sufficient attention to provide a good understanding for non-biochemists.

Summary of Biology Degree Courses

  BSc Dual Honours with a science or non-science subject (with option of industrial placement) BSc Biology (Major)
(with option of industrial placement)
First Year Four modules in Biology 
Modules in the other subject 
Choice of options from other subjects
Four modules in Biology 
Modules in the other subject 
Choice of options from other subjects
Second Year Four modules in Biology 
Modules in the other subject
Four modules in Biology 
Four modules in the other subject
Third Year

Four modules in Biology (includes a research project or dissertation)
Modules in the other subject

Eight modules in Biology or seven modules in Biology and one from the other subject (includes either a research project and dissertation or a double research project)


Course Content

Bangor fieldcourse You will take four modules in Biology in each of the first and second years. There is a summer vacation field course between the first and second years. Choice of modules is available in these two years, allowing you to adjust the emphasis of your studies if you wish. For example, this could lead to more of an emphasis on human biology. A wider range of options is available in the third year, including an individually supervised project or dissertation. By choosing a suitable set of modules, you will be able to tailor the content of your final year to your special interests or career aspirations. Some possible specialisations are in human biology, animals, disease, applied biology, ecology or brain science. However, the qualification will still be in Biology rather than a narrow specialisation.

Field Course

The field course is held at a coastal location in North Wales at the start of the summer vacation between the first and second years, and includes work on terrestrial and seashore biology. A wide range of habitats, such as cliff-top heathland, salt marsh and rock pools, are visited and studied. At the end of the course, one topic is studied in more detail in a small research project.

Biology modules currently on offer

First Year
Diversity of Life
Cell and Molecular Biology
Genetics and Evolution
Ecology and Environment
Human Physiology and Pathology

Second Year
Life at the Extremes
Animal Physiology
Human Genetics
Development and Evolution of Nervous Systems
Nutrition and Energy Balance
Living together
Research and Analytical Skills

Third Year
Human Parasitology
Applied Insect Ecology
Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
Behavioural Neurobiology
Conservation Biology
Clinical Pathology
Applied Fish Biology
Human Evolution
Trees in their Environment
Neurobiology of Vision and Hearing
Research Project
Applied Life Sciences Placement

Research topics 
A wide range, including topics as diverse as:
Human Neonatal Immunity
Conservation of Elephants
Sea Cucumbers in Sulawesi
Mosquito Mating Behaviour

Membership of Professional Institutions

Honours graduates in Biology (either major or dual honours) are eligible to become an Associate Member (AMSB) of the Society of Biology.

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

Dual Honours Course can be combined with:





American Studies:


Human Geography:


Applied Environmental Science: FC7C

Human Resource Management:


Biochemistry: CC17

Information Systems:




International Relations:


Computer Science:




Creative Computing:

GC4D Mathematics:




Media, Communications and Culture:




Medicinal Chemistry:


Educational Studies:


Music Technology:




Physical Geography:


Environmental Studies:








Forensic Science:


Smart Systems:







Major and Foundation courses available:


Biology (Major):

Please indicate your choice of second subject (chosen from those listed above) in the further information section of your UCAS form. 


Biology with Science Foundation Year:

This four-year degree course is designed for students who wish to study Biology but lack the necessary background qualifications.


Codes and Combinations AUTO KIS

Codes and Combinations

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Teaching and Assessment

Most teaching in the first two years is through lectures and practical classes, with occasional tutorials and student-led seminars. In the final year, lab work is normally confined to projects, and more use is made of seminars and tutorials. Most modules have both examination and in-course assessment components, but project and dissertation work and one third year module have no examinations.

Skills and Careers

As well as training you as professional biologists and potential research scientists, the Keele Biology programme is designed to provide employability skills that will equip graduates for a career not only as a biologist, but also in industry or commerce not necessarily connected with the subject. Biology has an excellent record of graduate progression to employment and further study.

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Additional Costs

The compulsory residential field course is subsidised by the School of Life Sciences and you pay no fees to attend. You are required to cover your own transport costs to and from Bangor University and maintenance costs during the field course (for example food, appropriate clothing, etc. ).

General additional costs for all students.

Biology and Biochemistry
Many of our students choose to combine Biology and Biochemistry in order to cover the entire range of the Life Sciences discipline, from molecules and cells to whole organisms. Biochemistry will show how cells work at a molecular level, whereas in Biology the whole organism is looked at, from its physiology to the way it is adapted to its environment.

Biology and Psychology
With this combination you will gain an understanding of both the anatomical and the physiological basis of human behaviour. In the second and third year you will be able to focus your Biology studies on aspects of human biology and neuroscience that will complement your studies in Psychology. The study of animal behaviour shows some of the roots of human activities and cognitive abilities. You will learn the modern science of genetics, which in turn defines the limits within which the human body and brain develop. The way in which individual nerve cells work to produce emergent properties of perception, learning and consciousness itself will throw a completely different light on Psychology from that of the social sciences, but in a way that is entirely complementary. This combination of subjects offers the opportunity of gaining a fuller understanding of the human condition than either subject studied alone.

Applied Environmental Science and Biology
The blend of Applied Environmental Science and Biology gives graduates a balanced view of how the physical environment interacts with the living environment and thus provides insights into conservation, resource use and the potential threats of human activities. Graduates will be ideally suited to careers in ecological consultancy, environmental education and more general careers.


Placements at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, which has won eight Nobel prizes.

Pasteur institute

UK/EU Admissions
Tel: 01782 734005

International Admissions
Tel: +44(0) 1782 733274

Course Information
Tel: 01782 733028

Other courses you may be interested in

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available