Biology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Biology at Keele focuses on the amazing world of organisms – from how they’ve evolved to their relationships with the environment and each other. Keele takes a broad approach to biology, examining the diversity of life and its evolution from the geological past.

Single Honours
Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: C102

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Royal Society of Biology This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year's free membership of they Royal Society of Biology; thereby opening up networks at a time when you are perhaps applying for your first employment.

Course Overview

You’ll consider the complexity of biological processes and mechanisms at molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels, exploring related philosophical and ethical issues. You’ll examine how bodies work, how animals behave and the uses to which we can put plants. You'll also sample, record and analyse data in the field and in our excellent labs, and learn how biology can help to improve the quality and sustainability of life.

Complete this course over three years, or add an extra year with an Applied Life Sciences work placement or a one year Study Abroad Placement between the second and third year. You can choose to study Biology at Keele as a single honours programme or combined with another subject.

What will this mean for my future?

Biology at Keele offers both breadth and depth of knowledge, preparing you for a range of directly or indirectly related careers. You might work as a research scientist, as an environmental consultant, conservationist, in quality control areas of the food industry, in the pharmaceutical industry or as a scientific writer. If you choose to do an Applied Life Sciences Placement you’ll graduate with the advantage of a significant level of work experience in biology to take to potential employers.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Diversity of Life
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Environment 
  • Understanding Animal Behaviour
  • Plants: Sex, Drugs and Alcohol

Second year

  • Life at the Extremes (includes a field course)
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Living Together
  • Current Topics in Biology

Third year

  • Life Sciences Research Project
  • Conservation Biology
  • Trees in Their Environment
  • Fish Biology
  • Applied Insect Ecology
  • Case Studies in Biotechnology*
  • Human Evolution
  • Dissertation (Life Sciences)

*Modules only available for single honours students

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

You need to have 120 credits at each level of study. At level 4 this is made up entirely of compulsory modules, but at Level 5 there is the opportunity to take up to 30 optional credits or 30 elective credits. At Level 6, 45 credits are compulsory and the rest are made up from optional modules.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

120

0

0

0

0

2

90

0

30

0

30

3*

45

30

75

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Physiology & Anatomy

30

None

 

Biodiversity, Ecology and the Environment

30

   

Cellular Genetics & Evolution

30

   

Understanding Animal Behaviour

15

   

Plants: Sex, Drugs & Alcohol

15

   

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

NB students select 2 from:

Credits

Life at the Extremes*  

15

Human Genetics

15

Animal Adaptations

15

Nutrition and Energy Balance

15

Microbes, Viruses and Parasites

15

Health and Environment

15

Research and Analytical Techniques

15

Freestanding elective or language module/s

15 or 30

Living Together: Behaviour, Cooperation and Conflict

15

   

Current Topics in Biology

15

   

*This module includes a field course 

Modules - Year Three

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

NB students select 5 from:

Credits

Life Sciences Double Experimental  
Project (with Research Skills Assessment)1
OR
Double Applied Life Sciences Placement2

30

 

30

Applied Insect Ecology

15

Conservation Biology

15

Human Parasitology

15

Developmental Biology

15

Case Studies in Biotechnology

15

Trees in their Environment

15

Applied Fish Biology

15

Communication Skills for Biologists

15

Human Evolution

15

   

Brain Disease

15

   

Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science

15

   

Life Sciences Dissertation

15

   

Language module/s3

15 or 30

1 The Applied Life Sciences Placement modules may replace Life Sciences Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) modules if the nature of the placement is deemed suitable and the work carried out meets the criteria of the research project module.  

2 If a student fails the Life Sciences double experimental project module (or the alternative Double Applied Life Science placement module) but has it condoned, then they will not be eligible for an RSB accredited degree, but shall instead be eligible for the award BSc Studies in Biochemistry

3 Students wishing to obtain a certificate of competency in a language will need to take two language modules at Level 5 and 2 at Level 6.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az