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Biology (includes foundation year) BSc (Hons)

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Are you the kind of person who finds every aspect of the living world fascinating? The kind of person who one minute is marvelling at the machinery of gene expression, and the next minute wondering about the flight of birds? If you are that kind of person, then Biology at Aberystwyth University is the degree for you. From proteins to puffins our course covers everything life has on offer.

The Integrated Foundation Year – designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background – is the perfect option to access this highly-sort scheme. In the Foundation Year you will be brought up to speed on Biological theory and practice, providing a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree.

What will I learn?

In the Foundation Year you will be introduced to basic Biological theory and practice.

In your first year of the degree you will explore a wide range of topics from Biochemistry to Animal Diversity, from Microbial Diversity to Vegetation and Ecosystems. These are all designed to give you a firm footing in your second and third years and allow you to try out topics you might never have considered before.

There is a wide range of modules on offer in years two and three, more so than in any other scheme we offer. In these years you can specialise, perhaps taking a more molecular or environmental route choosing modules such as Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics or Ecological Surveying. On the other hand, you can keep your options open by mixing and matching topics like Biochemistry and Pharmacology with Population and Community Ecology. The latter approach is ideal if you are interested in a career in education. The second and third years are where you will also find our field courses ranging from Tropical Zoology to Animal Behaviour.

In your final year you will also undertake your dissertation. Because of the range of research done in IBERS, you will be able to find a project which really engages you and builds your scientific skills. The projects may be lab or field-based or data analysis studies, but all help you develop advanced analytical skills. You might be studying parasites, plant breeding, bird behaviour, or cancer to name but a few.

Employability

What options are available to me after I graduate?

Our graduates are strong candidates in the following fields:

  • Research scientist;
  • Clinical molecular geneticist;
  • Nature conservation officer;
  • Education.

Students who have completed a biology degree could also progress to further training in:

  • Dentistry;
  • Medicine;
  • Science writers.

The University has an excellent Careers Service and we have our own dedicated, professional Careers Advisor. We also have a member of staff who is Director of Employability for IBERS and we are constantly striving to embed and enhance the delivery of real-world skills into every module we offer.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

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University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan learning environment.
The university’s research is internationally recognised. Some departments work with global organisation such as NASA and the UN.
Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1872, drawn by its reputation for teaching excellence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    37th out of 103 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    119 52%

    62nd

    10
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    38th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.31 86%

    7th

    14

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