Biological Sciences with Professional Experience BSc

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Biological Sciences with Professional Experience BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,250 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 19,815

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of Reading’s Biological Sciences with Professional Experience BSc degree will give you everything you need to develop your overall biological knowledge as well as giving it a crucial professional or industrial application in line with your own interests and career goals.

    Students will have the abilities to choose specialties such as Environmental Biology, Biomedicine, and many more. This program includes a year in placement, which can take place in a research institution, an environmental organisation or in industry, depending on your interests.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This is a 4 year program for most students, including a single year in an industrial or professional placement.

    Year 1:

    In your first year, your core curriculum will consist of:

    • Key skills in biology 1
    • Fundamentals of biomedicine
    • Fundamental concepts in chemistry 1
    • Evolutionary processes
    • Building blocks of life

    You will also be able to choose from a wide range of electives, including:

    • Summer placement
    • Soils in the environment
    • Plant diversity, structure and utilisation
    • Pathology and histology
    • Mammals: diversity, behaviour and conservation
    • Introduction to neuroscience
    • Introduction to crop production
    • Introduction to agriculture and food systems
    • Institution-wide Language Programme
    • Humans and the environment
    • Human physiology
    • Field ecology
    • Ecology and behaviour
    • Digestion and nutrition
    • Climatology
    • Biogeography and soils
    • Biochemistry
    • Bacteriology and virology

    Year 2:

    In your second year, your core modules will consist of:

    • Venoms and poisons
    • Professional career development
    • Key skills in biology 2

    You’ll also have access to more electives:

    • Zoology field course
    • Vertebrate zoology
    • Molecular genetics
    • Microbiology: a medical perspective
    • Methods in ecology
    • Invertebrates
    • Introduction to bioinformatics
    • Institution-wide Language Programme
    • History and philosophy of science
    • Exploiters and exploited
    • Endocrinology
    • Development
    • Clinical biomedicine
    • Cells and immunity
    • Birds: diversity, behaviour and conservation
    • Biodiversity field course

    Year 3 (placement):

    You’ll spend this year in a paid placement with one of Reading’s partner organisations, learning crucial real-world professional skills.

    Year 4:

    Year 4 has only one ‘core’ module, your Research Project. Most of your class time will be taken up by electives, such as:

    • Wildlife in the farming environment
    • Wildlife and diseases
    • Viral pathogens
    • Use and abuse of the microbial world
    • Urban ecology
    • Systems biology
    • Seminars in biology
    • Selected topics in endocrinology and endocrine disease
    • Principles and practice in biological control
    • Plants, animals and climate change
    • Palaeozoology
    • Neurobiology
    • Medical genetics
    • Mechanisms for microbial function
    • Mammalian reproduction
    • Institution-wide Language Programme
    • Insect ecology and its application
    • Genes, lifestyle and nutrition
    • Forensic zoology
    • Extreme environments microbiology field course
    • Evolutionary genetics and phylogeny
    • Diet and disease
    • Conservation biology
    • Conservation and biodiversity
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Cancer and cell communication
    • Biodiversity field course
    • Behavioural ecology and life history theory
    • Bacterial pathogens
    • Animal welfare

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Reading’s teaching strategy has 2 main points:

    • Student engagement

    They aim to keep students engaged with an evolving curriculum and feedback-focused improvements in all areas.

    • Student Support

    Reading has an extremely diverse student population, and it works to support them both academically and personally, using a range of development programs.

    Career Possibilities

    This program prepares students for both work in a variety of sectors and for higher academic achievements. It gives you a broad range of transferrable skills, including communication, data handling, information retrieval and general computer literacy.

    Entry & Credit

    Entry Requirements for Uk and EU-Nationals:

    Applicants for the University of Reading’s Biological Sciences program must have achieved at least 3 A Levels at ABB or better, including one in Biology and in one other science.

    Entry Requiremenets for overseas (Non EU) students:

    You must have equivalent academic achievements to those required for UK and EU students. The different qualifications accepted by the University of Reading can be found here.

    In addition you must be able to show that you are fluent in written and spoken English. An IELTS level of no less than 6.5 overall and no individual section at less than 5.5, but other proofs are accepted. For more details, see here.

     

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