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Biology influences our everyday lives, and is at the forefront of social change, for example, stem-cell research, the use of genetically-modified organisms, humanitys effect on the environment, and sustainable energy and food production.
Studying Biology, you investigate, describe and analyse the structures and functions of living organisms together with how they interact with the environment.
This BSc programme provides a broad survey of the various biological disciplines, including anthropology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolution, genetics, infection and immunity, microbiology, and the physiology of animals and plants.
Opportunities are available to work in one of our research labs during the summer vacation after your second year. The Stacey Fund provides funding for 20 to 30 eight-week Summer Studentships annually. These optional projects offer an ideal opportunity to gain further hands-on research experience.
Our related programmes offer you the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad or working in the UK or abroad.
The School of Biosciences
Biosciences at Kent is rated one of the top schools in the country by its students. Our innovative approach to teaching was recognised by the award of a National Teaching Fellowship to one of our staff for the development of our final-year science communications projects. The facilities within the School are excellent and include a recent £1 million refurbishment of the teaching laboratories.
Top marks for student satisfaction
In the National Student Survey 2014, our students gave us a score of 96% for overall satisfaction, which has placed us ninth in the UK. Our students go on to become some of the countrys most employable graduates we are placed in the top 20 for career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2014.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
- GBP 14860 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take wild modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Possible modules may include:
BI300 - Introduction to Biochemistry
BI301 - Enzymes and Introduction to Metabolism
BI302 - Molecular and Cellular Biology I
BI307 - Human Physiology and Disease
BI308 - Skills for Bioscientists
BI321 - Biological Chemistry A
BI323 - Biodiversity
BI324 - Genetics and Evolution
Possible modules may include:
BI501 - Gene Expression and Its Control
BI503 - Cell Biology
BI505 - Infection and Immunity
BI513 - Physiology
BI532 - Skills For Bioscientists 2
BI546 - Animal Form and Function
BI547 - Plant Physiology and Adaptation
BI548 - Microbial Physiology and Genetics I
Possible modules may include:
BI628 - Microbial Phsiology and Genetics II
BI610 - The Cell Cycle
BI600 - Biology Project
BI602 - Cellular Communication I
BI604 - Biological Membranes
BI606 - Pathogens & Pathogenicity
BI620 - Virology
BI622 - Advanced Immunology
BI626 - Integrated Endocrinology and Metabolism
BI638 - Bioinformatics and Genomics
BI639 - Frontiers in Oncology
BI640 - Magnetic Resonance in Biosciences and Medicine
BI642 - Cancer Biology
BI643 - Neuroscience
CB612 - New Enterprise Startup
SE581 - Biological Anthropology: The Human Animal
SE582 - Comparative Perspectives in Primate Biology
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6.5
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
- A level:BBB including Biology or Human Biology grade B or Applied Science Double Award at BB
- GCSE:Mathematics grade C
- Access to HE Diploma:The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to pass the Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 at merit, and to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits in particular subjects at distinction or merit grade.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma):The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis. Typical offers when made are Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
- International Baccalaureate:34 points overall or 15 points at HL including Biology 5 at HL or 6 at SL and Mathematics 4 at HL or SL
International studentsThe University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2015 financial support package includes a £6,000 cash bursary spread over the duration of your course. For Ts&Cs and to find out more, visit our funding page.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages. Please note that details of the scholarship for 2015 entry have not yet been finalised and are subject to change.