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Biology BSc/MSci

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Code
BSc: C100
MSci: C10D
Start
October 2019
Duration
BSc: 3 years full-time, 4 years with sandwich year, 5 years part-time
MSci: 4 years full-time, 5 years with sandwich year, 6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr Stephen Kett

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Biology is the key science of the Third Millennium. It encompasses and unites concepts, techniques and data from many allied sciences to provide a broader understanding of Life’s processes and interactions.

Why study BSc/MSci Biology at Middlesex University?

This programme is unique in the emphasis it places upon work experience and acquisition of valuable, marketable skill sets. Students can undertake a placement year, usually between years 2 and 3, or select a work-based experience module in their final year.  You can undertake fieldwork training in Mauritius with some of the world’s leading conservation organisations and join expeditions to other important conservation areas. It is a programme for self-motivated students with a strong scientific interest who wish to develop their knowledge and practical skills in biology.

Course highlights

  • Potential to gain work experience via a one year or module-based placement
  • Access to a wide range up-to-date research and analysis facilities
  • Opportunities to join research expeditions in areas of outstanding conservation importance and evolutionary interest
  • Develop your own final year research project with research-active academics as well as other opportunities to contribute to research team activities via volunteering schemes
  • Students acquire an increasing personal library of free electronic textbooks as their programme proceeds
  • First year field trip, currently to Norfolk, to gain valuable field skills

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What will you study on BSc/MSci Biology?

This programme builds upon a first year core of cell biology, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, and biological techniques. This allows you to focus your studies upon your own interests in your second and third years. You will be able to select from modules in a variety of disciplines related to themes in molecular biology, bioinformatics, ecology and biodiversity, for example.

What will you gain?

Throughout your degree you will gain biological and transferable skills necessary for a scientific career. Laboratory and field-based techniques will comprise much of your work. In your final year, you will be equipped to carry out your individual research project, supervised by one of our academics with expertise in ecological, molecular, microbiological or bioinformatics research. Such research will develop your personal flexibility and creativity whilst honing organisational and project management skills. Projects can result in your contribution to published scientific papers.

What is the difference between the BSc and MSci course?

There are two honours degree programmes available for each area of study – a three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a four-year Master of Science (MSci). You must apply direct to either the BSc or MSci, but you can also choose to change programme from the BSc to MSci or vice versa. You must apply for the MSci in Year 1 if you want to guarantee your student loan will cover the fourth year of fees.

Both degrees share a common first three years but due to the advanced nature of the MSci programme students must demonstrate they have the high level knowledge and skills required at the end of year 2 and 3 to progress on to the fourth year of the MSci programme.

Work experience

There are two opportunities to gain relevant work experience, the one-year placement and a work experience module. Both the placement and the work experience module provide excellent opportunities to gain employability skills, transferable skills and experience of working in science.

BSc Biology modules

  • Year 1

    • Biological Techniques (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will explore fundamental scientific concepts and laboratory/research techniques that underpin the study of Biology. You will learn how to analyse findings generated from your laboratory and fieldwork and gain the tools that enable effective scientific communication.

    • Cell Biology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will study eukaryote and prokaryote cells and develop an understanding of key concepts in fundamental cell biology. You will gain practical and theoretical knowledge through laboratory experimentation and observational microscopy.

    • Fundamentals of Biochemistry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your understanding of the key processes of chemistry and biochemistry. You will look at the basics of metabolic pathways of energy metabolism and consider the molecular composition of cells in relation to the biological function.

    • Genetics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will explore genetic processes that operate at the molecular, organism, population and species level in relation to evolutionary change.

    • Biological Systems and Processes (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In order to gain a practical sense of biology, this module will enable you to dissect, identify and illustrate structures and systems within higher taxa. This will provide you with a framework for future learning concepts related to functional biology.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to give you the necessary skills for planning, implementation, analysis and reportage. You will focus on your preparation for the final year project-based work and production of your final year dissertation. You will also develop core research skills that are fundamental to scientific research design, irrespective of discipline.

    • Phylogenetic aspects of the Tree of Life (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your understanding in biodiversity through the Tree of Life paradigm. You will gain a functional understanding of phylogeny to successfully analyse biological interactions from microbial to biosphere levels.

    • Applied Microbiology (15 credits) - Optional

      This module explores the applied aspects of microbiology with a particular focus upon interactions between microorganisms, animals, humans and the environment.

    • Diseases, its Origin, Evolution and Diagnosis (15 credits) - Optional

      This module examines diseases from an evolutionary perspective. You will critically assess the current and future potential for molecular biology in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

    • Immunology and Endocrinology (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will gain an understanding of cellular and molecular communication processes through the clinical application of concept and language of immunology. You will also explore mechanisms of the immune system.

    • Molecular Biology (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will explore the processes associated with organisation and expression of DNA and RNA. You will become familiar with principles, practice and applications of commonly employed molecular methods, genetic tools and techniques.

    • Biochemistry (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will focus upon the study of structure, function and regulation of key cellular molecules. You will examine the main features of enzymes, and the diversity of metabolic pathways and their regulation.

    • Biodiversity and Ecosystems (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the concept of biodiversity, its origins and maintenance in the face of climatic uncertainty. You will experience a range of field techniques via a field trip either in Mauritius or in the UK.

    • Environmental Monitoring (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will make use of a variety of environmental and ecological monitoring techniques.

  • Sandwich year (Optional)

    • Placement Year

      This year-long placement is an opportunity for you to work in an industrial, field or laboratory based setting, gaining important and relevant skills related to your programme. The module aims to enhance your employability skills, embed transferable and graduate skills, and you’ll be encouraged to reflect on how the knowledge gained is relevant to your degree programme and the field of biology. Through the work placement you will gain experience of working in a team, facilitate your understanding of the workplace and enhance your skills of self-reliance and communication, communication, self-expression and co-operation.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Your final year dissertation is an in-depth study that develops research, analytical and critical thinking skills. With the support of an academic supervisor you will research a topical personal interest and build upon skills acquired through previous modules in the programme.

    • Gene Technology (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will be encouraged to debate current approaches to genetic manipulation and its widening fields of application. You will also evaluate ethical issues and regulation arising within the field of gene technology.

    • Bioinformatics (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will evaluate computational tools for assessment and analysis of genome and proteome data. Your analyses of this data will reveal biological patterns through the use of command line and graphical user interface tools.

    • Evolution (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will gain detailed knowledge of the influence of micro- and macro-evolutionary processes upon life on Earth. You will then be able to demonstrate the roles of selection and its influence at different levels and temporal scales.

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

      In this module, you will examine a wide range of concepts and methods associated with conservation science.

    • Biodiversity and Planets (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will be taken on a 4.5 billion year journey from the formation of Earth to the biologically responsive planet you see today. You will explore the effects of both biotic and abiotic processes on the evolution of living and fossil organisms.

    • Urban Environment (15 credits) - Optional

      The urban environment is expanding at the expense of other terrestrial biomes. In this module, you will examine the urban environment, its surprisingly varied biological components and, perhaps counterintuitively, how their utilisation can provide significant benefits for both individuals and society.

    • Parasites and Pathogens (15 credits) - Optional

      This module focuses on the biology and evolution of microbial and parasitic diseases. You will also examine life cycles, biology and the immunological responses of major parasites.

    • Sustainable Biotechnology (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will explore the role of biotechnology in pollution remediation, waste minimisation, clean and dirty water management and the production of renewable energy sources. You will also examine the importance of these processes for society, health and a sustainable future.

    • Gene Expression and Control (30 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will build an understanding of the processes involved in the gene regulation, expression and control in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

    • Work Experience (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will enable you to gain credits for work experience related to your programme. It aims to link academic learning to a placement organisation. 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.

MSci Biology modules

  • Year 1

    • Biological Techniques (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will explore fundamental scientific concepts and laboratory/research techniques that underpin the study of Biology. You will learn how to analyse findings generated from your laboratory and fieldwork and gain the tools that enable effective scientific communication.

    • Cell Biology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will study eukaryote and prokaryote cells and develop an understanding of key concepts in fundamental cell biology. You will gain practical and theoretical knowledge through laboratory experimentation and observational microscopy.

    • Fundamentals of Biochemistry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your understanding of the key processes of chemistry and biochemistry. You will look at the basics of metabolic pathways of energy metabolism and consider the molecular composition of cells in relation to the biological function.

    • Genetics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will explore genetic processes that operate at the molecular, organism, population and species level in relation to evolutionary change.

    • Biological Systems and Processes (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In order to gain a practical sense of biology, this module will enable you to dissect, identify and illustrate structures and systems within higher taxa. This will provide you with a framework for future learning concepts related to functional biology.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to give you the necessary skills for planning, implementation, analysis and reportage. You will focus on your preparation for the final year project-based work and production of your final year dissertation. You will also develop core research skills that are fundamental to scientific research design, irrespective of discipline.

    • Phylogenetic aspects of the Tree of Life (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your understanding in biodiversity through the Tree of Life paradigm. You will gain a functional understanding of phylogeny to successfully analyse biological interactions from microbial to biosphere levels.

    • Applied Microbiology (15 credits) - Optional

      This module explores the applied aspects of microbiology with a particular focus upon interactions between microorganisms, animals, humans and the environment.

    • Diseases, its Origin, Evolution and Diagnosis (15 credits) - Optional

      This module examines diseases from an evolutionary perspective. You will critically assess the current and future potential for molecular biology in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

    • Immunology and Endocrinology (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will gain an understanding of cellular and molecular communication processes through the clinical application of concept and language of immunology. You will also explore mechanisms of the immune system.

    • Molecular Biology (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will explore the processes associated with organisation and expression of DNA and RNA. You will become familiar with principles, practice and applications of commonly employed molecular methods, genetic tools and techniques.

    • Biochemistry (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will focus upon the study of structure, function and regulation of key cellular molecules. You will examine the main features of enzymes, and the diversity of metabolic pathways and their regulation.

    • Biodiversity and Ecosystems (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the concept of biodiversity, its origins and maintenance in the face of climatic uncertainty. You will experience a range of field techniques via a field trip either in Mauritius or in the UK.

    • Environmental Monitoring (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will make use of a variety of environmental and ecological monitoring techniques.

  • Sandwich Year (Optional)

    • Placement Year

      This year-long placement is an opportunity for you to work in an industrial, field or laboratory based setting, gaining important and relevant skills related to your programme. The module aims to enhance your employability skills, embed transferable and graduate skills, and you’ll be encouraged to reflect on how the knowledge gained is relevant to your degree programme and the field of biology. Through the work placement you will gain experience of working in a team, facilitate your understanding of the workplace and enhance your skills of self-reliance and communication, communication, self-expression and co-operation.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Your final year dissertation is an in-depth study that develops research, analytical and critical thinking skills. With the support of an academic supervisor you will research a topical personal interest and build upon skills acquired through previous modules in the programme.

    • Gene Technology (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will be encouraged to debate current approaches to genetic manipulation and its widening fields of application. You will also evaluate ethical issues and regulation arising within the field of gene technology.

    • Bioinformatics (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will evaluate computational tools for assessment and analysis of genome and proteome data. Your analyses of this data will reveal biological patterns through the use of command line and graphical user interface tools.

    • Evolution (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will gain detailed knowledge of the influence of micro- and macro-evolutionary processes upon life on Earth. You will then be able to demonstrate the roles of selection and its influence at different levels and temporal scales.

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

      In this module, you will examine a wide range of concepts and methods associated with conservation science.

    • Biodiversity and Planets (15 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will be taken on a 4.5 billion year journey from the formation of Earth to the biologically responsive planet you see today. You will explore the effects of both biotic and abiotic processes on the evolution of living and fossil organisms.

    • Urban Environment (15 credits) - Optional

      The urban environment is expanding at the expense of other terrestrial biomes. In this module, you will examine the urban environment, its surprisingly varied biological components and, perhaps counterintuitively, how their utilisation can provide significant benefits for both individuals and society.

    • Parasites and Pathogens (15 credits) - Optional

      This module focuses on the biology and evolution of microbial and parasitic diseases. You will also examine life cycles, biology and the immunological responses of major parasites.

    • Sustainable Biotechnology (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will explore the role of biotechnology in pollution remediation, waste minimisation, clean and dirty water management and the production of renewable energy sources. You will also examine the importance of these processes for society, health and a sustainable future.

    • Gene Expression and Control (30 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will build an understanding of the processes involved in the gene regulation, expression and control in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

    • Work Experience (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will enable you to gain credits for work experience related to your programme. It aims to link academic learning to a placement organisation. 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.

  • Year 4

    • Research Project (120 credits) - Compulsory

      As part of the MSci Biology, you will develop an original independent research investigation, integrating your theoretical knowledge and technical expertise. You will critically evaluate research data within the context of knowledge previously acquired.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are available at levels 5 and 6. 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
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BSc/MSci Biology support your career?

Many of our graduates go on to postgraduate study/research. Others enter the educational profession whilst many students make use of their biological credentials to access professions based within a broad spectrum of careers; from conservation and environmental consultancy to project management in industry.

Stephen Kett
Senior lecturer

Dr Kett's areas of interest include evolutionary biology, ecology and biodiversity. He lectures in a number of subjects including evolution, ecology, biodiversity, biotechnology, anatomy, pathology and applied environmental science amongst many others.

Martijn Timmerman
Senior lecturer

Dr 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.

Anne Ropiquet
Senior lecturer

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