Biosciences

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Biosciences 2016/17

Recent exciting advances such as the sequencing of many individual human genomes, and advances in genetic engineering and in protein analysis have triggered a ‘Biological Revolution’ and made the biosciences the most dynamic and rapidly expanding branch of science.

Increasingly, the traditional boundaries between the science disciplines have become blurred and this programme is for students who are excited by such developments within the biosciences. It embraces topics as diverse as microbiology and cell culture, molecular biology, plant and animal taxonomy and physiology, ecology, plant and animal pathology, bioinformatics and bioethics.

A high proportion of our students find employment in a wide variety of posts within the science sector, including cancer research, medical microbiology, pharmaceuticals, conservation management, and teaching in schools and FE colleges. Many others have gone on to continue their studies.

Individual modules place emphasis on transferable skills in oral and written communication, information technology and the use of statistics as well as specialist subject skills and knowledge. Successful students develop a strong and varied scientific background that makes them highly employable.

The first year consists of compulsory modules covering Introductory Biology (at both Whole Organism and Molecular level), Environmental Science and Physical Sciences to a level needed to underpin sound biological knowledge. The ethos of the programme is to integrate the sciences together, rather than treating them as separate subjects. There is also an emphasis on experimental science, so students learn a wide range of practical techniques, including microbiology and cell culture.

In Years 2 and 3, core modules adopt a systems approach to biology with the emphasis on key aspects of employability (Laboratory, Computational Biology and Communications Skills), while further options allow students to specialise in areas that interest them, for instance, Ecology and Conservation, Plant Sciences or Animal Health and Welfare.

They also carry out a practical research project as part of a final year Individual Study and several projects in the past have resulted in publications in peer reviewed journals.

This programme is available as a combined honours degree too.

The broad, multi-disciplinary nature of the programme is well suited to anyone seeking opportunities in science-based industry in either a technical, managerial or public relations role. The level of scientific literacy developed by this programme is also valuable in other non-scientific areas of industry, commerce and the media.

Our graduates have an excellent record of progressing to study for higher degrees. Some go on from this programme into a career in teaching, either at primary, secondary or post-compulsory level. The nature of the programme makes an excellent preparation for teaching Science as a core subject in the National Curriculum.

Our students also find employment in cancer research, research laboratory management, conservation management, the pharmaceutical industry (R&D), medical physics, public health laboratories and analytical laboratories.

Single Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Core Science
  • Variety of Life
  • The Organism and its Environment
  • Microbiology and Cell Culture

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Environmental Systems
  • Starred Module

Year 2

Core:

  • Plant Control Systems
  • Comm. and Analysis in Science
  • Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Optional modules:

  • Chemistry for the Environmental Sciences
  • Applied Plant Genetics
  • Reproduction and Development
  • Animal Care and Behaviour
  • Evolution
  • The Hydrosphere in Europe
  • Starred Module

Year 3

Core:

  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Biological Imaging and Photography
  • Individual Study

Optional modules:

  • Pests, Parasites and Pathogens
  • Bioinformatics 2
  • Plant Responses to the Environment
  • Practical Ecology
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Radiobiology
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Applied Biological Chemistry
  • Starred Module

Combined Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Core Science
  • Variety of Life

Year 2

Optional Modules:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Reproduction and Development
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Care and Behaviour

Year 3

Core:

  • Pests, Parasites and Pathogens
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics

Optional Modules:

  • Bioinformatics 2
  • Plant Responses to the Environment
  • Practical Ecology (Option for majors only)
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Aspects of Pollution
  • Radiobiology
  • Individual Study

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas*
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000

Part-time

N/A

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Core knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods and strategies including lecture and discussion; laboratory practical; field course, student-led seminars; tutorials; individual oral presentations; group oral presentations; poster presentations; problem solving exercises, case studies and projects. Intellectual skills are promoted through lectures, practical classes, workshops and seminars.

Learning to apply these thinking skills is achieved by the use of case studies and especially through laboratory and field-based activities. This enables students to apply their classroom learning in more challenging environments and to appreciate general processes and relationships in practical and ‘real-world’ settings. Throughout their degree, students receive academic and personal support from their personal tutor as well as from the Student Support Guidance Service and the Employability and Careers Service.

Knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essay, calculation and problem solving exercises, practical write ups, portfolios, log books, group and/or individual work, group projects, oral presentations, assessed practical, laboratory work, graph drawing exercises, (group) poster presentation, computer based assessment, group presentation, data handling exercises, multiple choice questionnaire, seminar presentation, paper presentation, seminar papers, case study (involving the analysis of biological data) and audio or video presentation.

Intellectual skills are assessed by coursework (including computer based assessment), presentations and examination. Examinations provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to structure a clear, concise and reasoned argument and analyse an issue in a limited time period. The execution of an independent or special study allows them to demonstrate their thinking skills to the highest level.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • C191 Biosciences
  • C192 Biosciences (4 years with Foundation)

Length

  • 3 years (or 4 years with Foundation year) full-time

Entry requirements

Location

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