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Biological Sciences

C100 BSc Biology (3 years)

Discover the science of life processes from molecules and cells to whole organisms and ecosystems with Southampton’s BSc Biology.

This three-year degree is a flexible programme that prepares you for a broad choice of potential careers including working within the agricultural sector, being involved in conservation and the environment, to jobs in medicine, biotechnology or business.

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Introducing your course

You will be taught by our expert staff who are actively engaged in high-profile research. Our state-of-the-art life sciences building provides a range of modern facilities such as plant growth, tissue culture and invertebrate facilities.

You will explore diverse biosciences subject matter and gain extensive practical experience from a variety of field trips in the UK, Spain and Belize. You can also benefit from the close links we have with the nearby Marwell Wildlife organisation.

You are also able to transfer onto BSc Zoology or Ecology during the early stages of your course if you discover you have a particular interest in these areas.

BSc Biology

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Our BSc Biology programme starts with a broad study of the biosciences, to include microbes, plants and animals, giving you a fuller understanding of living matter. You will also study life at several different levels, from molecules and cells to whole organisms and species, right up to communities and ecosystems. Teaching you and helping you to become a biologist will be lecturers who are world experts in their research areas.

Our scientists are actively working at the cutting edge of a broad range of fields within biological science, from neuroscience to ecological and evolutionary theory to the adaptations of plants and animals under global environmental changes, and the development of strategies to combat the detrimental effects of these changes.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for part-time 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Key Facts

  • You will have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork in the UK, Spain and Belize
  • Wide variety of options for undertaking year three research project (e.g. lab work, fieldwork, communication, education or business)
  • Opportunity to study abroad at host universities in Australia, New Zealand and Europe
  • 100 per cent of our research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF2014)
  • Flexible, interdisciplinary course, with opportunity to choose modules from other disciplines and change degree in year one

The National Student Survey 2019

  • 93% of Biology Science students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
  • 93% of Biology students agreed that staff are good at explaining things.
  • 94% of Biology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources on their course.
Photo of Isabel Morgan
I studied everything from plant biology to animal development and neuroscience it’s been incredibly broad which I really liked.
Isabel MorganBSc Biology, 2016

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE  Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).
GCE A-Level  AAB including Biology and one further science subject.
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will receive additional scrutiny during confirmation of results.
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. A level science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.  Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics,
a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required.  Applicants only offering A Level Biology will be considered on a case by case basis.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AA from 2 A levels including Biology and one further science subject and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. A level science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics,
a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. General Studies, Critical Thinking are excluded for entry.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass with overall score of 34 points, with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 and 6 points at Higher Level in Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 45 credits must be at Distinction. A core science Access to HE Diploma must be studied.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Biology and one further science subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) AAAABB to include Biology and one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects considered include Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3, D3, M2. D3, D3, M2 to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA in A Level Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Biology and one further science subject.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) D in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus AA in A Level Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC National Diploma/ BTEC National Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Biology and one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
European Baccalaureate offer 79%-85% overall to include grade 8 in Biology and grade 8 in one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects considered include Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE Grades A*- C in English, mathematics and science. International students whose first language is not English must have already attained the necessary standard in English, such as 6.5 in IELTS
 GCE A-level AAB. For biology degrees, biology must be offered at A level (minimum grade B) with at least one other A level science subject. A level science subjects considered include chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, environmental studies, geography and geology. Applicants only offering A Level Biology will be considered on a case by case basis. 
International Baccalaureate requirements 34 points, 17 at higher level including two higher level science subjects to include 6 points in Biology at higher level.
Other applicants

Applicants for BSc Biology with alternative UK or EU qualifications and international applicants should first refer to the general entry requirements.

English Language

For details of our English Language entry requirements please see here.

Selection process:
Intake:
30
Average applications per place:
7

Selection for this biology degree is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Science Foundation Year

Science Foundation Year

Don't have the right qualifications to meet our entry requirements? You could still get a place by doing a foundation year.

Find out more

Typical course content

The modules below provide an example of the typical course content for the BSc Biology degree. This constitutes a series of compulsory, core and optional modules amounting to eight modular units each academic year. Optional modules can be modules from outside the faculty, including Curriculum Innovation modules, and a language module, which can count towards your degree.

Students who have not taken A-level Chemistry are also able to take Introduction to Chemistry, which will provide sufficient background and insight into the subject for further studies.

Certain 2nd or 3rd year optional modules may require specified pre-requisites modules from previous years.

 

 

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory
BIOL1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
PSYC1016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXX15 - Part 1 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC1018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXX15 - Part 1 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

Year 2

Semester One
Compulsory
BIOL2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

BIOL2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject BIOL (15 credits)

ARCH1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENVS2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ENVS2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

BIOL2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2038Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

BIOL2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject BIOL (15 credits)

PSYC2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Semester One
Optional
BIOL3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3063Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3067Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3072Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENVS2003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

BIOL3xxx - Any level NQF6 module in subject BIOL (15 credits)

PSYC3043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXZ15 - Part 3 Elective module (15 credits)

FREEXZ30 - Part 3 Elective module (30 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

LANGXX30 - Language module (30 credits)

Semester Two
Optional
BIOL3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3056Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3057Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3068Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3070Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

BIOL3xxx - Any level NQF6 module in subject BIOL (15 credits)

FREEXZ15 - Part 3 Elective module (15 credits)

FREEXZ30 - Part 3 Elective module (30 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

LANGXX30 - Language module (30 credits)

PSYC3048Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BiologyBSc2018Part-time£4,625£10,160
BiologyBSc2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
BiologyBSc2019Part-time£4,625£10,485
BiologyBSc2019Full-time£9,250£20,970
View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

List of additional costs for this course
TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingCoursework such as essays, projects and dissertations may be submitted on line. In the majority of cases, though, students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £3 per 7.5 ECTS BIOL module to cover the projected costs of printing lecture handouts. Practical handouts and module guides will be provided by the University. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#659. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page? £0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory and field equipment and materials: All materials required for laboratory or field work are provided. Where necessary, suitable specialist safety equipment will be provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licences All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingLab coats and safety spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student. If these are lost the student must replace them at their own expense. The Students Union Shop stock these items.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
FieldworkLogistical costs (accommodation, travel and health insurance, travel costs, immunisations/vaccinations, other costs): For compulsory residential field courses accommodation and travel are normally provided though where necessary, you will be expected to cover the cost of getting to and from the departure point which may be an airport. You are usually expected to cover the costs of food and drink, although some courses may include meals. For optional field courses, you may be asked to make a contribution to the travel and/or accommodation costs. Undergraduates are automatically covered under the University’s travel insurance whilst on organised and supervised field courses. Those travelling independently in connection with their programme can be included under the University’s travel insurance upon application – there may be a cost attached to this. There are also opportunities to undertake field courses with another organisation, e.g. Operation Wallacea. Students who choose to do this, do so at their own expense – for example, see http://opwall.com/undergrad-research-assistants/dates-and-prices/ Where necessary students will need to arrange and pay for any vaccinations. Specific details additional costs are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of the relevant programme.
PlacementsStudents who choose to go on an Industrial Placement at the end of Part 2 can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to.
OtherParking costs: There may be a requirement to undertake work at Southampton General Hospital (SGH), for example during a Part 3 research project. Students may need to cover costs for transport to travel to SGH or for car parking.
OtherTravel costs: Students who opt to undertake research projects at sites other than the University campus will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

The academic year

On this BSc Biology degree eight modular units are taken each academic year, four in semester one and four in semester two. A unit normally consists of two lectures a week plus a three-hour practical on alternate weeks. Practicals and other components of in-course assessment make up 25% of your final mark for the year. We also provide workshops and pastoral tutorials in which you can get specific help on the content of your lectures. Each week students therefore attend eight 45-minute lectures, an average of two 2 to 3 hour practical classes and may also attend a small group tutorial, which should take up to two hours to prepare.
Examinations are held in the two weeks after each semester, in January and June. The marks for the first year do not count towards the final degree classification, but you do have to gain an overall pass in your first year. Currently the second year counts one third towards the degree and the third year two thirds.

The tutorial system

Every student on BSc Biology is assigned a personal tutor when they start their university degree. Your course tutor changes every semester, but your personal tutor will stay the same throughout your time here. Your personal tutor will meet you when you enrol, and you will see him/her three or four times a term in the first year, for academic as well as pastoral support. He or she is accessible throughout your time in Southampton.

Research

As a leading biology university our research is relevant to your undergraduate course because you will be taught by people who are experts in the subjects that they teach. This is especially important for science subjects, where knowledge is advancing rapidly. This is particularly relevant for your final year.

In your third year, you have the opportunity to do an individual research project in one of our laboratories, in which you will make new discoveries alongside other researchers. You will use up-to-date equipment and gain important experimental skills .

Administration

On this biology degree we have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for undergraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.

Programme leader: Dr Alan Marchant

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study27%25%18%
Independent study73%75%82%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment55%70%56%
Practical exam assessment19%4%3%
Coursework assessment26%26%41%

Study Locations

The Life Sciences Building

Biological Sciences Building, Highfield Campus

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Marwell Wildlife

Marwell Wildlife

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Waterfront Campus

NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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