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 2022

Introduction

In a nutshell

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights how much there is still to learn about how humans interact with and influence the natural environment. Gain an international understanding of ourselves and the world around us with our BSc (Hons) Biology with Studies in the USA degree. 

Career-focused approach

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, our course to help you appreciate the diversity of living organisms and develop advanced understanding of biological principles and processes.  

In the 2021 National Student Survey, 100% of our BSc (Hons) Biology students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things and that the course provided opportunities to apply what they've learnt [University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2021 data].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 advanced Bodmer Laboratories, will equip you with many of the subject-specific, personal and practical skills that you will need for your future career. 

Take your studies stateside

This course includes a year of study in the USA at the University of Toledo, Ohio. This exchange programme has been running for over 35 years. The University is considered to be a leading centre for science, with a reputation for taking research from the laboratory to the world. 

Learn more about studying biology, explore course modules, tour our labs and speak to the course team, by attending our next Open Day

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

Science students

Course Delivery

Delivered in partnership with University of Toledo, our BSc Biology with Studies in the USA degree will enable you to explore essential biological science topics. Across three years of study - or four, if you choose to include an industry placement, you will build scientific knowledge and advanced laboratory skills:

  • 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 throughout by a tutor based in Salford and a local tutor in Toledo
  • Returning to Salford for your final year, you will complete a research project based on a subject topic of your choice. You can also shape your degree by choosing from optional modules in areas such as biotechnology, antimicrobial resistance, evolution and development, and veterinary and zoonotic infectious diseases

Learn more about the course modules in the section below.

USA flag

Study in the USA

One of the most exciting features of this course is the inclusive year of study in the USA at the University of Toledo, Ohio - an exchange programme running for over 35 years. Toledo is a leading centre for science, with a reputation for taking research from the laboratory to the wider world.

Situated on the western trip of Lake Eerie, Toledo is approximately an hours drive away from Detroit. Along with experiencing USA collegiate life, and making memories and new friendships, you can also use the exchange as an opportunity to travel around the big states of America.

Industry Placement

On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you in finding a role, and monitor your progress throughout.

Industry placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV, gain hands-on work experience and build industry connections. We often find that placement students achieve higher final year grades.

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

The co-creation of knowledge is an overarching learning and teaching strategy at Salford. We encourage you to see yourself as a producer of knowledge and a collaborator in your learning experience.

Learning methods are designed to train you to assess real-life situations and provide measures that would lead to improved professional practice.Typical methods include:

  • Lectures which will introduce you to core biology topics 
  • Seminars and tutorials where you can discuss topics in more detail with your tutors and other students in smaller groups 
  • Laboratory practicals delivered in our Bodmer Laboratories where you can test and apply your knowledge and build proficiency using scientific equipment

ASSESSMENT

Assessment strategies are designed to develop your skills for future employability and assessment success. We regularly provide you with feedback via written communication, online notes, and group activities.

Typical assessment combines coursework and examination, and this will vary depending on your level of study. We also use other formal, informal and continuous assessment methods that could include:

  • Research projects
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Literature reviews
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations 

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

Experience a modern learning environment at our Peel Park campus, featuring 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 be based in our advanced, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. This specialist, purpose-built facility ensures that you benefit from the latest technologies to keep teaching and learning apace with cutting-edge 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).

You will be based in the University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, with 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?

A bioscientist looking through a microscope

EMPLOYMENT

We have shaped this courses so you can develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly-employable. Alongside scientific skills in laboratory, field work, report writing, you also develop transferable skills in communication, data interpretation, teamwork and project management.

The global COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how vulnerable we all are to the emergence of infectious diseases, and it is likely to lead to huge investment in healthcare and scientific research. With a world brought closer together, we can no longer respond in isolation. With the skills you develop on this course, you will be well-placed to apply for roles that require laboratory skills, develop treatments and better understand global health challenges. 

Biology graduate typically find roles 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.

FURTHER STUDY

 

You might find you want to learn more about biosciences. Building on our scientific expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a generous fees discount. 

Biology graduates can also choose to follow a research programme with our Biomedical Research Centre or our Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre to further their knowledge in topics such as microbiology, parasitology and conservation. Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

Some course alumni have also returned to Toledo to complete a PhD, and now have prestigious academic roles at Harvard University and Cornell University in the USA.

 

 

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 applicants for this pathway will be keen to study overseas.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications.

If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

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.

International Student Scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

September 2023

UCAS information

Course ID C102

Institution S03