School - School of Environment & Life Sciences
Subject area - Biology and Zoology
UCAS Code: C100
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year
Up to six years part-time
UK - £9250 per year
Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
International - £14,400
- Overall satisfaction for this course was 93% (Source: NSS 2016)
- Many free field trips across the three year course [small administration fee of £25 will apply]
- Taught by internationally-leading researchers in parasitology, biomedical science and molecular biology
- Part-time study option
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
Biology is the science of living things and is also used to explain how humans interact with and influence the natural environment. Furthering our knowledge in biology has led to new technological advances and a deeper understanding of the world around us.
This course will develop your appreciation of the diversity of living organisms and your understanding of biological principles. You will benefit from plenty of hands-on experience in the labs as well as fieldwork opportunities. Practical training will equip you with many of the subject-specific, personal and practical skills you will need for your future career.
This course is designed to offer you plenty of choice so that you can study a broad range of topics or specialise in the areas of biology which you are particularly interested in.
In year 1 you will study a range of topics in six modules covering both theory and practice across the biological sciences.
Year 2The highlight of year 2 is an excellent opportunity to go on a residential field trip at Dale Fort in Pembrokeshire in May for the Marine Biology module which includes studies of the zonation and ecology of animals and plants on various rocky sea shores.
- critical evaluation of research-based literature
- understanding experimental techniques and design
- data interpretation, analysis and presentation
- dissertation writing and presentation.
Year 3In year 3 a wide range of optional modules and project possibilities allows you to specialise in your areas of interest. You can undertake a lab-based research project for 40 credits and choose four modules from the following list or take a literature/data analysis project worth 20 credits plus five modules from the following. A key feature of this year is the inclusion of tutorial based Professional Skills within the project to enhance your employability.
If you are studying part-time you select two to four modules from each year of study, completing the rest of the modules for the year in the following year. This leads to a maximum six-year duration for a part-time degree. If studying part-time you do not have the placement option.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|European Baccalaureate||Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject|
|GCSE||English Language and Maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||96-112 points including A2 Biology|
|GCE A level||96-112 points including A2 Biology or equivalent. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.|
|BTEC National Diploma||MMM - Science, including Biology|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Possible entry to year 3|
|Foundation Degree||Possible entry to year 3|
|Scottish Highers||96-112 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||96-112 points from Higher Level including a science subject|
|International Baccalaureate||29 points to include Biology|
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor for this course before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences School Office on: +44 (0)161 295 4656
English Language Requirements
English Language Requirements
- IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any one component
- ESOL Skills for Life Level 2/Certificate in Advanced English/Certificate of Proficiency in English
University of Salford English Language Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (70 – 79)
We are looking for applicants with a keen interest in the living world and a desire to develop their skills and career aspirations through labwork and in the field.
Fees and Funding
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
- Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses
- Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As an International student you could be entitled to:
You will learn through a combination of:
- Practical classes
- Small group tutorials
- Research Projects
- Guided reading
- Residential and day field courses
Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years 1 and 2 and up to a half in year 3. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year 2 (25%) and year 3 (75%) performances.
This biology degree provides an excellent basis for careers in biomedicine, biotechnology, conservation, the pharmaceutical or food industries, research or teaching. Prospective employers include pharmaceutical companies, environment agencies, hospitals, forensic laboratories, clinical trials companies, medical writing companies, scientific sales and general management jobs.
A number of students continue on to postgraduate study, either taught science masters’ courses, research degrees or teaching qualifications.
Dave Greenwood - graduate: first class
As a mature student I had spent a number of years out of education and was anxious about my ability to complete what had always been to me, a fairly intimidating degree subject. On arrival I found the staff to be both welcoming and supportive and they provided all the encouragement I needed for success. The course included a range of practical assessments and field studies. I decided on biological sciences as I was unsure of which career direction to take but I wanted to create the widest possible choice of career options.
After completing a Masters Degree an opportunity arose to re-join Salford University for a GSK funded PhD in Molecular-Microbiology.
My four years as a Salford University undergraduate were challenging, stimulating, and on more than a few occasions, difficult. However, there are numerous resources within the school to assist with problems, academic or otherwise. I was given the opportunity to peruse a thrilling and invigorating career, one that I would never have dreamed of 10 years ago. More importantly however, it has provided me with the confidence and ability to pursue my own interests, to make my own career choices and reach a potential that I had not considered possible.
Links with Industry
We encourage all of our students to take up an additional industrial placement year, which we will help to arrange, between years 2 and 3 of the full-time course, making a four-year course overall. In many cases this can be a salaried position with a major company or have financial support linked to a public health laboratory or hospital (such as the Respiratory Physiology Unit at the Royal Aintree Hospital in Liverpool or Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester). In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.
Recent biology placement students have been based at APEM Ltd, Manchester Royal Infirmary and the lung physiology units at Aintree and Wythenshawe Hospitals. Some students have gone to do overseas placements in environmental areas. You will arrange the placement with our support.
In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year.
We have newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work in biology.