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Biological Sciences (Including Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)

University of Essex

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Our BSc Biological Sciences (including foundation year) will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the three-year version of this course and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge as well as improves your academic skills to support your academic performance.This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of study. During your Year Zero, you study three academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory academic skills module, with additional English language for non-English speakers.After successful completion of Year Zero in our Essex Pathways Department, you progress to complete your course with our School of Biological Sciences.Integrative biology brings together all the tools of modern biology to unravel the complexity of living systems. BSc Biological Sciences at Essex will give you the expertise to comprehend the vast and diverse world of living organisms, from the latest sequencing technologies to profile biodiversity and computational tools to understand biological systems, to genome-editing techniques used in human health and biotechnology.You will have flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests. First year offers a modern overview on diversity of animals, plants, and microorganisms, as well as cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution. Later you can choose one of our 5 pathways. Our Integrative Biology pathway allows you to choose from a broad selection of modules across different disciplines. Alternatively you can specialise in an area you enjoy most, choosing from Human Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Biotechnology, or Ecology and Conservation Biology.Research-based teaching is a cornerstone of the degree, and lectures and laboratory practicals are designed and delivered by leading scientists performing research in the areas of Genomics and Computational Biology, Protein Structure and Mechanisms of Disease, Ecology and Environmental Microbiology, and Plant Productivity. Molecular biology modules will give you access to state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Ecology and environmental modules develop field skills.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 16,850per year

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University information

University of Essex

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  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    54th out of 103 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    96 42%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.21 84%



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