"If you are interested in investigating the world from a microscopic view to whole ecosystems, then this is the biology pathway for you."Steve Kett, Course Leader
In a rapidly changing world, biologists investigate environmental impacts at a microscopic level. Our Environmental Biology degree blends laboratory and field disciplines with state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and bespoke field trips.
We offer an integrated approach to environmental biology, which investigates the relationship between organisms and their environments, from biological molecules to ecosystem ecology.
You will spend the first year gaining a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of biology and then widen your studies to focus on contemporary environmental issues such as biodiversity, climate change and ecosystem balance. Through lab-based teaching, field trips, and exciting placement opportunities, we equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience to flourish in your chosen scientific career.
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:
The course is complemented by daylong and residential field trips where you will focus on data collection and analysis, and develop new ideas for your own environmental research projects.
In the first year you will focus on key themes of biology: from molecular to whole organism biology and you will also cover inorganic and organic chemistry to support your studies in Year 2 and 3. In Year 2, you will take additional core modules to develop field and ecology skills (Ecology and Field Techniques) and Biodiversity (Biodiversity). The core modules in Year 3 include evolution (Evolution) and conservation (Conservation in a Changing World).
Field work and field visits are a central part of the course. You will focus on data collection and analysis and collect new ideas for innovative research projects, as well as building effective team working skills.
Each biology pathway focuses on core disciplines of biology including plant and animal biology, cell biology, microbial sciences and molecular biology. You will develop laboratory, field work and research methodology skills to prepare you for your career, or postgraduate study.
BSc Biology (Environmental Biology) modules:
BSc Biology (Environmental Biology)modules:
Please note that some options may only be available on alternate years and module titles may change.
Graduates from the BSc Biology (Environmental Biology) are able to recognise the fundamental importance of research and develop enquiring, analytical minds within a reflective framework.
Our academics are research active so that new advances in the field are always used to inform teaching.
Many of the modules on this course include practical sessions which may be laboratory, field or computer based investigations and simulations. In this way you are provided with many opportunities to develop skills in scientific research methods of hypothesis formation, data collection, evaluation and dissemination that not only develop your skills as a researcher but enhance your employability for a wide range of careers.
The dissertation is a major component of your final year where you are given the opportunity to engage with research. As part of this, students carry out an individual research project under the supervision of a researcher. Such work 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.
You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects including Science
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental and Public Health foundation page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
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:
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 hosts.
You can apply for the BSc Biology (Environmental) 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.
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 experience to collect data for your dissertation.
"The applications of environmental biology are vast, from understanding climate change to determining the specific environment a single creature matured in, for example fish: by examining their scales, not only is it possible to specifically age them, but all the environmental elements experienced by the fish as it matured are visible also.
"Studying environmental biology gives you a remote view, and allows you to take a tiny object and see the bigger picture. Like a pixel on a digital image, it takes thousands to create the full image but each individual one contains vital information about the whole.
"If you are interested in investigating the world we live in and all the many processes of life from the microscopic to whole ecosystems then this is the Biology pathway for you."
Some of the main features of our laboratories are: