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Biology (Year 3 Entry) BSc Honours

Learn about the course below
October 2020
Entry to Year 3 only
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Steve Kett

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

This course is recruiting for Year 3 entry only in October 2020. For our new Year 1 please see BSc/MSci Biology

This specialist programme will allow you to study living things at a range of different scales, from genes of individual microorganisms to interactions within whole ecosystems. You will investigate 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?

This programme allows you to tailor your module choices from a range of traditional and contemporary biological disciplines so you can explore and develop your scientific interests towards specific career aspirations. You will learn to think like a scientist through theory classes and practical experimentation in our state-of-the-art labs. Access to the on campus facilities may be restricted as a result of the ongoing Covid 19 outbreak.

Course highlights

  • The course emphasises 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
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the BSc Biology degree at Middlesex University?

This programme will develops your critical awareness of biology and the significance of new developments within the field. Entrants to the programme will have studied cell biology, chemistry, genetics, ecology, microbiology, immunology, and the anatomy and physiology of animals and plants.

You will develop practical  skills to support your studies and develop this knowledge further in the biological techniques module which will be supported through blended learning subject to availability of on campus facilities. You will be introduced to the cross disciplinary nature of biosciences and its wide range of applications. You will be able to  select optional modules aimed at your interests and once you graduate, you will be prepared for work at postgraduate level and/or for employment in relevant fields.

What will you gain?

This programme provides understanding of  current analytical techniques and practical skills relevant to biology and appropriate for employment. You will develop competence in scientific methods of enquiry and problem solving and you will be to carry out high level research within an ethical framework. All pathways focus on core disciplines of biology including plant and animal biology, cell biology, microbial sciences and molecular biology and research methodology.


We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous modules and from the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme. Further development of research skills, analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted in completing a dissertation.

    • Gene Technology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module considers current approaches to genetic manipulation and the widening fields of their applications. Ethical issues and regulations of the field of gene technology will be explored.

    • Current Topics in Biosciences (15 credits) - Optional

      The module gives you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of a current topic within a biological sciences subject area of interest to you. You will be guided towards independent research of an appropriate topic of you choosing and then present your findings orally and in writing.

    • Aspects of Evolution (15 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide you with knowledge of function and interaction of evolutionary processes upon Earth’s biota. Effects of both natural and anthropogenic mechanisms/processes upon the evolution of extant and palaeobiota are examined within the context of specific case studies investigating events throughout the whole Phanerozoic.

    • Sustainable Biotechnology (15 credits) - Optional

      The module enables you to recognise the current and future impact of sustainable biotechnology. The module will explore the role of biotechnology in plant and animal biotechnology, in waste remediation, clean and dirty water management, and the production of renewable energy sources. The importance of these processes for society and health will be explored.

    • Cellular and Molecular Biology (15 credits) - Optional

      The module explores genetic and environmental factors that lead to changes in cells and cell processes with an emphasis on cellular and molecular responses in cancer. It reviews the current and future potential for molecular biology in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease including the associated ethical issues.

    • Gene Expression and Control (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an understanding of processes involved in regulation of gene expression and current laboratory methods available for investigation. It also aims to provide an understanding of how gene expression may be modulated according to changes in the cellular environment, how environmental conditions can trigger changes in these processes and how aberrations in gene expression can lead to disease.

    • Biology Work Experience (30 credits) - Optional

      This will be offered on a case by case basis so we can assess risk and subject to availability.

      This module enables you to gain credits for work experience related to your programme. It aims to link academic learning to a placement organization. The experience provides opportunities for you to work in a relevant organisation and enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, co-operation and self-reliance.

    • Conservation in a Changing World (15 credits) - Optional

      This module provides an overview of the concepts and methods associated with conservation within an increasingly anthropogenic environment. It addresses arguments for conservation as well as problems associated with wildlife conservation.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020
  3. Teaching and learning – typical structure
  4. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BSc Biology support your career?

Biology is a broad area with a wide range of career options available. You may choose to study a postgraduate degrees including, but not exclusively in the fields of Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Ecology, Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences.

You could progress into teaching, both at primary and secondary level following a teaching qualification. The sciences and industrial environments offer employment opportunities as do areas such as fisheries, agriculture, forestry and aquaculture.

You might also wish to spend another year at a college/university that offers training programs for specialised techniques such as proteomics, biological computing, ecological survey or DNA sequencing and synthesis.

Natural Sciences Academic Society

The Natural Sciences Academic Society is the Middlesex University Student Union society that aims to Increase awareness of biosciences and their applications in jobs, research and innovation. Members and officers organise and participate in a variety of activities and events to showcase biological sciences and to illustrate that they offer more than just being enslaved to a laboratory. They aim to help students become the next generation of leading scientists by offering a spectrum of opportunities to bring out personal qualities and passions necessary for good science.

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.

Steve Kett
Course leader

Steve Kett is the course leader for BSc Biology and a senior lecturer at Middlesex University. Steve graduated with a PhD from 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.

Dr Martijn TImmermans

Dr Martijn Timmermans’ research aims to link the evolution and maintenance of biological diversity to changes in genomes. He uses insects as model organisms to gain understanding of the genetics underlying phenotypic divergence. In addition, he uses phylogenomic methods to resolve hexapod relationships.

Dr Huw Jones

Dr Huw Jones has a wide range of environmental chemistry and statistics research interests including application of field biomonitoring techniques and impacts of contaminants (e.g. metals/metalloids, organic compounds and plastics) in aquatic environments.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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