Biology

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course Overview

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. 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 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 industrial work 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 for dual honours (including major and minor routes).

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Biology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Diversity of Life
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Ecology and Environment

Elective modules: 

  • Introduction to Human Physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Nature’s Tools: Proteins & Enzymes
  • Human Physiology and Pathology
  • Greening Business: Employability and Sustainability
  • A language module

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Life at the Extremes 1*
  • Life at the Extremes 1 2* 
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Microbes viruses and Parasites
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Living Together: Behaviour, Cooperation and Conflict
  • Current Topics in Biology

Elective modules:

  • Human Genetics
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Nutrition and Energy Balance
  • Health and the Environment
  • Learning and Memory
  • International Relations of the Environment
  • A language module

Third year 

Core modules:

  • Double Life Sciences Research Project (Experimental), or
  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement

 

Elective modules:

  • Applied Insect Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Human Parasitology
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Life Sciences Dissertation
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science
  • Applied Fish Biology
  • Trees in their Environment
  • Human Evolution
  • Special Senses
  • Case Studies in Biotechnology

*1 Life at the Extremes modules include a field course.
*2 This module is compulsory for and only available to students opting for Study Abroad in Semester 1. 

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Biology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Diversity of Life
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution

Elective modules: 

  • Ecology and Environment
  • Human Physiology and Pathology

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Life at the Extremes 1*
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Life at the Extremes 2*

Elective modules:

  • Animal Adaptations
  • Human Genetics
  • Living Together: Behaviour, Cooperation and Conflict
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Nutrition and Energy Balance
  • Health and the Environment
  • Current Topics in Biology

Third year 

Elective modules:

  • Applied Insect Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Human Parasitology
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Applied Fish Biology
  • Trees in their Environment
  • Human Evolution
  • Special Senses
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Life Sciences Research Project
  • Life Sciences Double Experimental research project
  • Life Sciences Double Research Project with Laboratory Skills Assessment
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement
  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement

* This core module includes a field course

The Double Applied Life Sciences Placement and Life Sciences Double Research Project (with and without Laboratory Skills Assessment) are only available to major route students and dual honours students taking Biology and Biochemistry.

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Biology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Diversity of Life
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution

Elective modules: 

  • Ecology and Environment
  • Human Physiology and Pathology

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Life at the Extremes 1*
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Life at the Extremes 2*

Elective modules:

  • Animal Adaptations
  • Human Genetics
  • Living Together: Behaviour, Cooperation and Conflict
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Nutrition and Energy Balance
  • Health and the Environment
  • Current Topics in Biology

Third year 

Elective modules:

  • Applied Insect Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Human Parasitology
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Applied Fish Biology
  • Trees in their Environment
  • Human Evolution
  • Special Senses
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Life Sciences Double Experimental research project
  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement

* This core module includes a field course

The Double Applied Life Sciences Placement is only available to major route students and dual honours students taking Biology and Biochemistry.

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 36%
  • Guided independent study – 64%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 30%
  • Guided independent study – 70%

 Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 25%
  • Guided independent study – 75%

Skills and Careers

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 this course over four years, you’ll graduate with the advantage of a significant level of work experience in biology to take to potential employers.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Biology with Foundation Year: C103 View Unistats for this course

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

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

On the Biology Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.

Accreditation

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This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an idependant and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

The Royal Society of Biology which is the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. The Society represents over 16,000 biologists from all areas of the life sciences, as well as over 100 organisations which make up the diverse landscape of biology in the UK and overseas. The Royal Society of Biology offers members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology.

Whichever area of biology you wish to gain a career in, membership will help you:

  • Stay up to date with what is happening across the life sciences
  • Gain additional recognition for your skills and experience
  • Develop your professional network
  • Demonstrate your support for the future of biology

Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology; thereby opening up networks at a time when you are perhaps applying for your first employment.

*The following courses are formally accredited:

  • BSc (Hons) Biology (Major Route)
  • BSc (Hons) Biology (Major Route) with Applied Life Sciences Placement
  • BSc (Hons) Biology (Major Route) with Study Abroad

 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF) Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)