Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biology with Studies in the USA

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

Biology is the science of living things and is also used to explain how humans interact with and influence the natural environment. Studying biology has led to new technological advances and a deeper understanding of the world around us. 

Accredited, supportive learning

Our BSc Biology course, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, will develop your appreciation of the diversity of living organisms and your understanding of biological principles. Our classes are taught in small groups to provide a supportive learning environment. In the NSS 2020 survey, Biology Courses received 98% overall satisfaction with teaching [University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data]

Hands-on learning

You will benefit from plenty of hands-on experience in the labs as well as fieldwork opportunities. Practical training in our state of the art Bodmer Laboratories will equip you with many of the subject-specific, personal and practical skills that you will need for your future career. 

Spend a year in the USA

You can opt to take this course with a year of study in the USA  at the University of Toledo and gain international experience, while developing your specialised biology knowledge. The University of Toledo is based in an Ohio and just an hour's drive from Detroit, which has a major international airport, meaning that travel around the USA and further afield whilst your are on exchange is very easy. 

You will:
  • Benefit from hands-on experience in the labs and fieldwork opportunities
  • Spend your second year at the University of Toledo
  • Be taught by internationally-leading researchers in parasitology, biomedical science and molecular biology
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Society of Biology accreditation logo

This is for you if...

1.

You have a keen interest in the living world

2.

You want to develop your skills and career aspirations through lab work and in the field

3.

You want an opportunity to study a broad range of topics

4.

You are interested in studying in another country

5.

You want the opportunity to do a placement year

Course details

All about the course

BSc Biology is delivered full-time over three years via a programme of practice-focused modules. An elective industry placement year is available between years two and three.

  • In year one, you will build knowledge across the breadth of the subject. Core modules focus on biodiversity, genetics, cell biology and study skills. You will also experience field and laboratory work.
  • In year two you will be based at the University of Toledo in Ohio, where you can choose from a range of modules similar to those offered in year two of the degree at Salford. You will be supported by a tutor based in Salford and a local tutor in Toledo.
  • In your final year you will undertake a research project based on a subject topic of your choice and choose optional modules focus your knowledge in areas such as biotechnology, antimicrobial resistance, evolution and development, and veterinary and zoonotic infectious diseases. 
Industry Placements

On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you'll be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

Year one

Molecules to Microbes

This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.

Genetics

Genetics has become a central topic not only in biological science, but also for topics such as data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. It is central to all areas of biology, from cellular development and reproduction to conservation and biodiversity. In this core module, we will provide you with the framework of this diverse area, covering areas from DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, to ethics and conservation biology. We will expose you to the latest research in the area of molecular genetics and provide the foundation for your future. 

Biodiversity

Life arose on Earth at least 3.5 billion years ago. Today, Earth hosts an extraordinary diversity of organisms, with recent study estimating that there are between 2 and 20 million eukaryote species alive today (the vast majority of which have still not been identified and described by scientists). However, this is a small fraction of all the species that have ever lived, >99.9% of which are extinct. This module will give you an overview of this remarkable biodiversity, focusing on the major groups, their characteristics, their diversity, and their evolutionary relationships.

Biological Skills

This module will help you develop practical laboratory skills employed in biological laboratory practice and relevant to cell, organismal, micro and molecular biology, which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work.

Study Skills

In this module you will learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement and will develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied generically during year one and beyond. You will also gain an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.

Cell Biology

This module provides a broad cell biology knowledge base, building a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to subsequent modules within several bioscience degrees.

Year two

University of Toledo

In year 2 at the University of Toledo, you will study 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 first year tutor. You will also be supported by a local tutor in Toledo.    

Year three
Choose one option from

Final Year Project and Professional Skills (HANS)

This dissertation module allows you to develop independent research skills, including both data collection/generation (for example, via lab-based research or fieldwork) and analysis, while conducting research on a topic in an area relevant to your programme of study. You will also develop your professional skills, with a focus on employability. 

Final Year Project with Science Communication and Professional Skills

This dissertation module allows you to develop independent research skills, including data analysis, while conducting research on a topic in an area relevant to your programme of study. You will learn about science communication and the variety of methods in which science can be disseminated and communicated, and then put these methods into practice. You will also develop your professional skills, with a focus on employability. 

Plus two options from 

Biology of Parasites

This module looks at the importance of human and animal parasites, in relation to medical, veterinary or wildlife aspects, life-cycle biology, host response and the principles of parasite epidemiology and transmission. You will also study strategies for parasite detection, diagnosis and control. The module includes a unique field course to enable you to see parasites living in their natural environment.

Biotechnology

This module will help you develop an understanding of molecular techniques underpinning the science associated with the societal grand challenges of feeding the world and antibiotic resistance, and introduce the principles and techniques of genetic modification. On completion you will be able to apply a range of research and presentation techniques to a choice of research projects.

Clinical Immunology

Immunology is the study of the immune system. It is now a well-developed basic science, which is useful for the diagnosis and management of a great number and variety of human diseases. This module is designed to give an in-depth view of the basic components of the immune system and how these influence human diseases. Research-based discussion will be part of this module in understanding immune mechanisms in defense against human diseases and how these mechanisms can be dysregulated. Understanding the immune system leads to better clinical diagnostic and monitoring possibilities. Towards the end of the module you will also be given an overview of how the immune system can protect the body from developing cancers.  

Advances In Pathophysiology

This highly interactive optional final year module allows students to explore methods used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory (thoracic) diseases. Assessment of the module uses real case studies to enable students to develop both their analytical and critical narrative skills. Students will learn mechanisms of disease, how these relate to clinical outcomes, how patient care plans are developed, and the future approaches of thoracic medicine. Special features of the module include full CPET testing in the Health School human performance lab and the opportunity to visit to the North West Lung Centre to engage with clinical pulmonary testing.  

University Wide Language

Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

And two options from

Applied Freshwater Biology

This module aims to enable you to gain a knowledge and critical understanding of the biology and ecology of freshwater systems relevant to the water industry and related organisations which regulate and control pollution of the aquatic environment.

It also provides you with the necessary skills and techniques to undertake biological and chemical evaluation of water quality ecology, fish population and condition to apply these in novel situations to generate data for interpretation. In particular, you will be provided with the necessary laboratory skills to test water quality to the standards of the Water Framework Directive UK.

Evolution, Development and Adaptation

This module looks at the way evolution has shaped both the development and adaptation of groups of animals to their environments.

Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

This module looks at the maintenance and transmission of infectious diseases of veterinary or zoonotic interest. Particular interest is focused on the role of wildlife species in the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases. The role of arthropod-vectors in transmitting infections, and how this influences the ecology of such infections, is also studied. 

Human Microbiology and Infection Control

The first part of this module is a series of lectures covering microbiomes and how technological advances have allowed for the study of microbial communities. We will then explore subjects such as public health, pathogenicity, virulence, viruses and vaccination, as well as one of the key challenges facing society: antimicrobials and the development of antibiotic resistance. 

University Wide Language

Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

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.

What will I be doing?

60%

Examination

40%

Coursework

TEACHING

You will be taught through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Small group tutorials
  • Research projects
  • Guided reading
  • Residential and day field courses

ASSESSMENT

Your assessment is based on a combination of exams and coursework throughout, typically 60% examination and 40% coursework for taught modules. Continuous assessment includes: 

  • Field reports
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations
  • Research project (dissertation)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

facilities

 

You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

As a biology student, you will have access to our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose-built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

 

At the heart of this course is the year abroad at our partner institution the University of Toledo in Ohio (USA) building on over 30 years of successful exchanges. You will be based in the University's Department of Biological Sciences and and have access to dedicated equipment and computer software for an advanced level of studies, including advanced genomic screens, microscopic imaging studies and quantitative gene expression analyses. 

 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

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 their second year in the US return stateside to complete higher degrees at Toledo or other institutions. For example, two of our graduates returned to Toledo to complete PhDs and now have prestigious academic jobs at Harvard University and Cornell University in the US.

FURTHER STUDY

A taste of what you could become

A biotechnologist

A higher education lecturer

A marine biologist

A microbiologist

A nanotechnologist

And more...

Career Links

EMPLOYMENT

The course is designed to help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly-employable. These include laboratory, field work, report writing and presentation skills, data interpretation and IT skills, and team work and project management skills.

There is growing demand for professionals with biology knowledge and laboratory skills. The global COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how vulnerable we all are to the emergence of infectious diseases. With a world brought closer together, we can no longer respond in isolation. Collectively, we need more scientists to help fight these pandemics, develop treatments and better understand global health challenges. 

A biology degree provides an excellent basis for careers in a wide range of areas including 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.

FURTHER STUDY

You might find you want to learn more about biology through further study. We offer a range of bioscience postgraduate courses where you can build specialist knowledge and take your subject interest even further. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a significant fees discount. 

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

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 want to broaden your horizons.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.  

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

104 - 112 points 

A level

104 - 112 points including Biology grade C. A pass in the practical element of science A levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM in a suitable science subject, which must include biology.

Access to Higher Education

104 - 112 UCAS points from QAA-approved access course in Science, must include Biology

 

 

Scottish Highers

104-112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

104-112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Biology

International Baccalaureate

30 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology.

Alternative entry requirements

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.
 

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,600per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home 2022/23 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15900per year
Part-time 2022/23 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

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 23 Oct 2019) for the year in Toledo are as follows:

  • Flights – in recent years has been between £900 and £1,000 return (travel is during the August peak period and the ticket is a flexi return).
  • Visa – currently $340 (approx. £265); in addition all applicants must attend a visa interview in London so travel costs incurred.
  • 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 the above costs 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 £8.73 of household income over £39,796.” See https://www.gov.uk/travel-grants-students-england/what-youll-get for more information. 

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.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID C102

Institution S03

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