On our BSc Biology degree, you will study living things in all their forms, from microorganisms to whole populations. Our specialist degree investigates how biology impacts on the world around us, encouraging flexibility and choice so you can tailor your studies towards your scientific interests.
Why study BSc Biology at Middlesex University?
BSc Biology allows you to tailor your module choices from across a range of traditional and contemporary biological disciplines, and even from our environmental science and biomedical sciences degrees. This allows you to explore and tailor your scientific interests towards your career aspirations. You will learn to think like a scientist through theory classes and practical experimentation in our state-of-the-art labs.
BSc Biology is part of a new suite of biology courses, designed to offer choice and flexibility in the modules you study. There is a common first year that focuses on covering the fundamentals of biology so you have the option of changing pathway at the end of the first year. Find out more about:
There are two placement opportunities as part of this course: a year in industry between the second and third year; or an internship in your third year – which can be completed in the summer or on day release
We will support you with sourcing the best placement or internship for you and making your application
Our labs provide the next generation of scientific instrumentation for molecular analysis post the genomic era - in line with the focus in scientific research on protein-hunting rather than gene-hunting (see Facilities tab)
There is an emphasis on options and flexibility, permitting you to design your own approach to the study of biology
You can select modules across a range of traditional and contemporary biological disciplines, including those from other pathways as well as some from environmental science and some biomedical sciences modules
What will you study on the BSc Biology degree at Middlesex University?
The introductory modules provide a framework of core knowledge in the disciplines of cell biology, chemistry, genetics, ecology, microbiology, immunology, and the anatomy and physiology of animals and plants. In Year 1 you will develop practical laboratory skills to support your studies and develop this knowledge further in the biological techniques module. As the course progresses you will be able to select optional modules aimed towards your interests.
What will you gain?
All pathways focus on core disciplines of biology including plant and animal biology, cell biology, microbial sciences and molecular biology as well as general skills in laboratory/field work and research methodology.
Year 1: core modules, all pathways
Techniques for Biology
Anatomy and Physiology of Plants and Animals
Chemical Principles for Biologists
Year 2: core modules, all pathways
Molecular Biology and Genetics
BSc Biology modules:
Ecology and Field Techniques
Year 3: core modules, all pathways
Control of gene expression
Placement OR Topics in Biology
BSc Biology modules:
Biology Work Experience
Conservation in a changing world
Specialist Aspects of Evolution
Current Topics in Bioscience
Pathogens and Parasites
You can also choose optional modules from any of the other BSc Biology pathways. Please note that options may only be available in alternate years and module titles may change.
The School of Science and Technology prides itself on its research findings and these new advancements are used to inform the teaching of this degree. Many of the modules include practical sessions which may be laboratory, field or computer based investigations and simulations. This means you will develop skills in scientific research methods that not only develop your skills as a researcher but also enhance your employability within a wide range of careers.
The dissertation is a major component of your final year where you are given the opportunity to engage with a wide range of research. As part of this you will carry out an individual research project under the supervision of a researcher. This may involve field and/or laboratory based analyses and you are encouraged to innovate and to explore your own areas of interest. We actively encourage and support outstanding student work to be published or presented in public.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
What sort of careers can you have with a degree in Biology?
Many biology graduates progress to careers in research and also work across education, business, government, and the not-for-profit sector. A biology degree is also a basis for postgraduate study in a related subject.
What about work placements?
We encourage our students to undertake work placements, which improve industry knowledge, support the development of practical work-based skills and help graduates to succeed in the job market.
There are two placement opportunities as part of this course:
A year in industry between the second and third year
These placements usually run for seven months and you will not pay tuition fees during this time. Additionally, if your placement is unpaid, you can apply for a maintenance grant. We provide full support with your placement applications and deliver an induction course before you start. The Natural Sciences department has extensive experience in delivering placements and they work closely with our Placement Office which has specialist expertise in establishing contacts and finding suitable placement.
You can apply for the BSc Biology with a year in industry course directly through UCAS (see Apply tab) or you can choose to take this option before the end of your first year.
An internship in your third year
This 30 credit placement can be taken either in the summer between Year 2 and 3 or as day release from University in the final year. If you choose to complete the module in the summer you can also use the internship as an opportunity to collect data for your dissertation.
Steve Kett is the course leader for BSc Biology and a senior lecturer at Middlesex University. Steve graduated with a PhD frm the Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1991. His thesis concentrated primarily on aspects of the competitive ecology of roach, Rutilus rutilus (Linnaeus, 1758), and rudd, Scardinius erythrophthalmus (Linnaeus, 1758), in a gravel-pit lake.
Since then, Steve has been a lecturer at Middlesex University and his areas of academic interest include evolutionary biology, ecology and biodiversity. He lectures in a number of subjects including global biodiversity and climate change, biotechnology, anatomy, physiology and pathology and applied environmental science amongst many others.
Some of the main features of our laboratories are:
Mass spectrometry and electron microscope suite - housing all new Shimadzu Krytos AXIMA CFR MALDI-TOF MS; LC-MS 2010A and GC-MS QP5050A instruments and a scanning electron microscope
Biomedical Science laboratory – A fifty-student capacity facility for hands-on laboratory skills teaching
Molecular biology research laboratory housing real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction -multiplication of a small part of a gene), and gene sequencing, as well as 2D gel electrophoresis and gel visualisation and analysis equipment
Tissue culture research laboratory – three class II biological safety cabinets, video microscopy and full height roller bottle and standard CO2 incubators
Histology research lab, housing cryostats, standard microtomes and Fluorescence microscopy imaging equipment
General biochemistry research laboratory – housing immunoassay, Chromatography (separation techniques -separating mixtures and molecules), CZE, HPLC, FPLC, LC and general separation equipment.