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Biological Sciences

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

Program description

Biological Sciences

Our integrated master’s degree in Biological Science is aimed at aspiring researchers and those seeking a career in science. This four-year undergraduate course enables you to explore the current frontiers of knowledge in your chosen field and provides training in advanced research techniques.

We offer a wide choice of subjects across the biological sciences including: animal and plant biology; microbiology; genetics; systems biology; ecology; disease; behaviour; neuroscience; zoology; developmental and stem cell biology; and evolution. As part of our Ecology and Conservation module, we also run a range of subsidised field courses both within the UK and overseas, including River Ecology in Wales, Tropical Marine Ecology in Tobago, and Rainforest Biodiversity in Malaysia.

You can tailor the degree to your own interests as they develop, choosing to focus on one particular aspect of biology or opting to study a wider range of topics. Your final year will include an extended project in an active research laboratory. This project will be novel and the results may even be complete enough to be published in a scientific journal. You will be trained and supported by researchers, helping you to develop your skills as a practical research scientist

Our Biological Sciences course provides an excellent foundation for careers within all areas of biological sciences, and offers strong training for research scientists. Our graduates have gone on to a range of exciting and fulfilling careers in both scientific and non-scientific related fields, including marine biology, ecology and conservation, scientific publishing, pharmaceutical industries, molecular biology, journalism, teaching and veterinary science. Many also choose to further progress their studies with a higher degree.

Distinctive Features

  • Enjoy a flexible course structure that enables you to tailor your degree to match your interests and aspirations, including the option to spend a sandwich year on professional placement.
  • Develop your field research skills with one of our popular project-based field courses. Opt for one of our UK-based courses or choose to travel further afield to locations such as Tobago or Borneo.
  • Investigate a topic of your choice and develop your skills as a research scientist with an extended project in an active research laboratory.
  • Experience the excitement of learning in active research environment, with teaching staff who are leading researchers in their field.
  • Make use of the latest equipment, techniques and facilities in your project work.
  • The School of Biosciences offers access to a wide range of exciting training opportunities with a field centre in Borneo, and strong involvement in Cardiff University research institutes, including Sustainable Places, Water Research, Cancer Stem Cell Research, and Neuroscience and Mental Health.

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Admission requirements

AAA-AAB to include Biology or Chemistry. A pass in the practical element of the Science A level is normally required. Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year One

Core Modules

  • Skills for Science
  • Structure and Function of Living Organisms
  • Organisms and Environment
  • The Dynamic Cell
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Genetics and Evolution

Year Two

Optional Modules

  • Animal Diversity and Adaptation
  • Genetics and its Applications
  • Ecology and Conservation - Part A
  • Ecology and Conservation - Part B
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • Physiology
  • Concepts of Disease
  • Practical Anatomy
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Fundamental Neuroscience

Year Three

Core Modules

  • Biosciences Final Year Project

Optional Modules

  • Plants for the Future: Frontiers in Plant Science
  • Ecosystems, Sustainability and Global Change
  • Evolution and Adaptation
  • Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • Infection Biology and Epidemiology
  • Systems Biology and Modelling
  • The 'omics Revolution (Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics)
  • Advanced Cell Biology and Imaging
  • Genes to Genomes
  • Synthetic Biology and Protein Engineering
  • Current Topics in Development, Stem Cells and Repair
  • Contemporary Topics in Disease
  • Cancer: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutics
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Biology and Tissue Engineering
  • Advances in Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Neurobiology of Brain Disorders
  • Systems Neuroscience

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £21,950

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Throughout the course, you will develop scientific competencies as well as key transferable skills that will be invaluable whatever your future career choice. These include:

  • Independent learning and self-directed study;
  • Collating, organising and analysing information to create logical and persuasive arguments;
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving;
  • Communicating complex ideas in a clear, effective way (using all media);
  • Working effectively in a team and as an individual;
  • IT competency, including presentation, graphics and statistics packages;
  • Performing and interpreting statistical analyses of data;
  • Effective time management and organisational skills.

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and summarise information from a variety of sources;
  • Discuss the relationships between structure/formation and function/regulation of molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, organisms and populations;
  • Effectively communicate scientific, and other, information to a variety of audiences, including the general public, using a range of formats and approaches;
  • Discuss current issues of research, investigation and/or debate;
  • Synthesise an argument or point of view, based on solid data and evidence;
  • Determine the validity and rigour of statistical outcomes;
  • Build on knowledge and understanding of the role and impact of intellectual property (IP) within a research environment;
  • Work effectively within a group-based environment, both as a leader and a member of a team;
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for independent lifelong learning (for example working independently, time management, organisational, enterprise and knowledge transfer skills);
  • Identify, and work towards, targets for personal, academic, professional and career development;
  • Demonstrate leadership and planning skills for setting, and meeting, achievable goals within the workplace.

Career opportunities

Career Prospects

In 2015/16, 92% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Our Master’s degree is aimed at aspiring researchers or those seeking a career in science, and the competencies developed throughout the course are ideally suited to pursuing high level careers in research-related fields (e.g. studying for a PhD or working in industry).

Our graduates also have many transferable skills that are attractive to a wide range of employers in more general areas of industry, commerce, public service, administration and management. Finally, a degree in the Biological Sciences can act as a stepping stone to further training in professional areas including

  • Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary science or accounting.

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