BSc

Biology (with integrated year in industry)

Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree

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Key Facts

Code C102
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Would you like to enhance your employability prospects whilst at the same time studying? Are you the kind of person who finds every aspect of the living world fascinating? The kind of person who one minute is marvelling at the machinery of gene expression, and the next minute wondering about the flight of birds? If you are that kind of person, then Biology with the integrated year in industry at Aberystwyth is the degree for you. From proteins to puffins our course covers the everything Life has on offer.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Royal Society of Biology Accredited DegreeWhy study Biology at Aberystwyth University? 

  • Study in one of the top 5 UK University and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017).  
  • The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Biology (C100). 
  • Your work experience must be relevant to this degree and the year is assessed which will count towards your degree grade. Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. 
  • There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (if you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to its sister course BSc Biology (C100). 
  • During your year in work experience, you will pay a discounted tuition fee of which the information can be found here . 
  • Aberystwyth is situated amongst hills, wooded valleys, wetlands, sandy and rocky shores and, of course alongside the pristine waters of Cardigan Bay. If you want wildlife, Aberystwyth has it all. 
  • You might be studying microbiology in the morning, and investigating the life found in sand dunes in the afternoon; you don’t have to limit yourself to just one area of Biology. 
  • You can keep your options open or specialise; our degree structure allows you to do either. You will be taught by passionate, engaged, friendly and staff with expertise across the full range of Biological topics.  
  • Your academic studies will be bolstered by a wealth of laboratory and field classes which build real scientific skills essential for your future. 
  • Our teaching and E-learning facilities provide you with an outstanding learning experience integrating the classroom sessions and vast repository of study resources. 
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor who can guide you through your time at Aberystwyth and help you to settle in when you first arrive. 
  • We have invested heavily and over a number of years in our research facilities, and project students may get the opportunity to work in the research units on Penglais, or in our dedicated research facility at Gogerddan just outside Aberystwyth.
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Biological Molecules BR15810 10
Cell Biology BR13910 10
Ecology * BR13510 10
Evolution and the Diversity of Life BR14310 10
Exploring Genetics BR14410 10
Metabolism BR12010 10
Microbial Diversity * BR12110 10
Molecular Laboratory Skills BR12210 10
Study and Communication Skills * BR12410 10
The Green Planet * BR13610 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
The Biosphere BR13210 10
Biological Thought and Discovery BR12510 10
Comparative Animal Physiology BR14110 10
Soils and their Management BR14910 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Chromosome Dynamics BR21820 20
Climate Change: Plants, Animals and Ecosystems BR21120 20
Evolution and Molecular Systematics BR21720 20
Research Methods * BR25620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advances in Invertebrate Zoology * BR25420 20
Marine Biology BR22620 20
One Health Microbiology BR26520 20
Proteins and Enzymes BR26620 20
Cell and Cancer Biology BR25920 20
Ecological Surveying * BR21420 20
Freshwater Biology BR22020 20
Vertebrate Organisms BR26820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Work Experience RSS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Communicating Research * BR31710 10
Dissertation * BR32330 30

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Behaviour Field Course BR32710 10
Behavioural Neurobiology * BR31510 10
Biochemistry and Pharmacology BR31220 20
Biodiversity of Birds BR31320 20
Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics BR31420 20
Data-Handling for Biochemists BR32110 10
Environmental Animal Physiology BR32420 20
Evolution Field Course BR32810 10
Gene Expression and Developmental Genetics BR33320 20
Microbes in Industry and Research BR33620 20
Microbial Pathogenesis BR33720 20
Parasitology BR33820 20
Population and Community Ecology BR33920 20
Terrestrial Ecology Field Course BR33110 10
Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Conservation (Trec) Field Course BR30120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What options are available to me after I graduate?

  • Our graduates are strong candidates in the following fields:
  • Research scientist
  • Clinical molecular geneticist
  • Nature conservation officer 
  • Education

Students who have completed a biology degree could also progress to further training in:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Science writers

Your year in industry:

In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship. Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject.

Completing a year in industry will allow you to:

  • Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
  • Make industry contacts;
  • Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
  • Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
  • Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.
  • Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (James Cuffe, jpc11@aber.ac.uk). If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

Teaching & Learning

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

What will I learn?

In your first year you will explore a wide range of topics from Biochemistry to Animal Diversity, from Microbial Diversity to Vegetation and Ecosystems. These are all designed to give you a firm footing in your second and third years and allow you to try out topics you might never have considered before.

There is a wide range of modules on offer in years two and three, more so than in any other scheme we offer. In these years you can specialise, perhaps taking a more molecular or environmental route choosing modules such as Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics or Ecological Surveying. On the other hand you can keep your options open by mixing and matching topics like Biochemistry and Pharmacology with Population and Community Ecology. The latter approach is ideal if you are interested in a career in education. The second and third years are where you will also find our field courses ranging from Tropical Zoology to Animal Behaviour.

In your final year you also undertake your dissertation. Because of the range of research done in IBERS you will be able to find a project which really engages you and builds your scientific skills. The projects may be lab- or field-based or data analysis studies, but all help you develop advanced analytical skills. You might be studying parasites, plant breeding, bird behaviour, or cancer to name but a few. 

 How will I be taught?

It’s not all lectures and exams here at Aberystwyth. We place great emphasis on field and practical to let you get your hands dirty and build the practical and analytical skills. The skills are essential for a career in Biosciences and teaching, but they also make Biology graduates an attractive proposition for employers in many other sectors. Seminars, tutorials and residential field courses also play a role in teaching here. We have a very well developed E-learning environment which captures every lecture for you to revisit at your leisure and hosts a wide-range of contents in all formats. We have an excellent Student Support team at Aberystwyth who can help arrange for additional teaching resources and alternatives for those students who need it. Our aim is to make everything we do fully accessible to everyone and our teaching and support staff are dedicated to this end.

There are, of course, exams, but every module has more than one form of assessment. In most modules coursework makes up a significant proportion of the marks (typically up to 50% although there are modules assessed entirely by coursework). Coursework assessments range from practical or field reports through to writing journal-style articles and making podcasts. Our assessments are not just designed to test your knowledge and understanding, they also build real-world skills such as team work, presentation and report writing skills that are needed in any graduate-level job. When we teach and examine, we are aiming to create the scientists of the future and first class potential employees at the same time. 

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall with 75% in specified subject

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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