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 get plenty of hands-on experience in the labs as well as many fieldwork opportunities. Practical training will equip you with many of the subject-specific, personal and practical skills you will need for your future career.
You can opt to take this course with a year of study in the USA; an exchange programme with the University of Toledo in Ohio, which has been running for over 30 years. The University of Toledo was named as a top global player when it comes to taking biotechnology research from the laboratory to the world, and has been recognised by the American Society of Landscape Architects as one of the 22 most beautiful landscaped campuses in the United States.
This is a flexible degree course where you will gain both a broad-based and specialist understanding of biology. There is the unique feature of study in the USA during your second year.
In year 1 you will study a range of topics in six modules covering both theory and practice across the biological sciences.
In year 2 at the University of Toledo, you can choose from a range of modules similar to those offered in year 2 of the degree at Salford. You will be supported by a tutor based in Salford whom you will have had as your 1st year tutor. You will also be supported by a local tutor in Toledo.
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.
|GCSE||English Language and Maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||260-300 points including A2 Biology|
|GCE A level||260-300 points including A2 Biology or equivalent|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|Scottish Highers||260-300 points from Higher Level to include appropriate science subjects|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||260-300 points from Higher Level including a science|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points with at least one science subject from Group 4|
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.
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
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
We are looking for applicants with a keen interest in the living world and a desire to develop their skills and career aspirations through lab work and in the field. We anticipate that students on this programme will be keen to study overseas and to broaden their horizons.
You will be taught through a combination of:
Your assessment is based on a combination of exams and coursework throughout, about 60% examination and 40% coursework. Continuous assessment includes field and laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, presentations and the research project (and dissertation).
This Biology degree provides an excellent base 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.
Many who spend the second year in the US return stateside to do higher degrees at Toledo or other institutions. For example, two recent past students returned to Toledo to do PhDs and now have prestigious academic jobs in Harvard and Cornell Universities in the US.
who has just been awarded his PhD
I chose to partake in the exchange programme (during the biology degree) to immerse myself in the American culture, enhance my degree and to develop my academic skills by experiencing the different education system.
Toledo provided just that and also a unique opportunity to travel and befriend a diverse range of people, many of whom I am still in contact with. Currently I have just successfully completed my PhD back at Salford having completed a Masters Degree and I feel that my future prospects were immensely improved by the programme and I recommend it highly.
We encourage all 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), a horticultural establishment, a wildlife trust, or a research organisation such as the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology.
In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
The major additional costs (as of 10th Feb 2016) for the year in Toledo are as follows:
(i) Flight – in recent years has been between £900 and £1000 return (travel is during the August peak period and the ticket is a flexi return)
(ii) Visa – currently $340 (approx. £240); in addition all applicants must attend a visa interview in London so travel costs incurred
(iii) Health insurance – will vary from one individual to another but probably averages about £500 if purchased in advance.
Housing expenses whilst students are in the USA is approximately the same as the new apartments on campus at Salford.
Most students are able to claim back a reasonable proportion of i-iii above from Student Finance England as a grant: “You must pay the first £303 of your travel costs - and your travel grant will be reduced by £1 for each £9.27 of household income over £39,796.” See
Almost all the general fees that Toledo students have to pay are waived. However, there is a small admin fee (approx. £50) that our students have to pay to Toledo upon arrival.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
We have newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work in biochemistry.
Wolfe Hall, at Toledo, provides dedicated equipment and computer software necessary to perform advanced genomic screens, microscopic imaging studies and quantitative gene expression analyses, to name a few. Also located within this facility is a phosphorimager that allows quantitative detection of radioactively labelled samples, and a fast-performance liquid chromatography (FPLC) for specific protein purification approaches.
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years with work placement
Six years part-time