(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
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