Faculty of Science and Engineering


UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C100

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

The first year is designed to give you a good foundation in all aspects of Biology, from molecular genetics through to ecology. Modules include training in essential skills including fundamental laboratory and field skills, experimental design, scientific writing and data analysis.

First year modules include

  • Cells and Organelles

  • Diversity of Life

  • Principles of Genetics

  • Ecology and Evolution

  • Dive Training

  • Science Communication

  • Chemistry of Life

  • Skills for Biology

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

In the second year you can start to tailor your programme to your interests, and will also be introduced to more advanced lab or field techniques. We will also give you training in how to apply for scientific jobs to enhance your employment prospects on graduating. 

Second year modules include

  • Genetic Analysis

  • Evolutionary Biology

  • Molecular Cell Biology

  • Conservation Biology

  • Behavioural Ecology

  • Animal Form and Function

  • Green Planet

  • Freshwater Biology

  • Professional and Research Skills for Biologists

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

You can select your choice of final year modules from a wide range of options, including residential field courses around the world, Biology in Education or a work placement module. You can choose modules allowing in-depth study of areas of interest; we regularly review our final year modules to ensure they include cutting edge topics. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project within your area of interest, working closely with a member of our academic staff to develop skills to prepare you for employment or post-graduate study.

Final year modules include

  • Human Evolution and Genomics

  • Molecular and Medical Parasitology

  • Sex and Social Behaviour

  • Extinction

  • Insect Biology

  • Wildlife Management

  • Field Studies

  • Independent Research Project

  • Environmental Geonomics Research Project

  • Professional Consultancy Project

  • Biology in Education

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More about this course

Our Biology degree provides a broad education for those who choose not to specialise. The choice of modules allows you to keep your degree broadly based and multidisciplinary, or alternatively to give a particular emphasis to your studies through your selection of options. The emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge of biology and key skills in practical laboratory and field studies, plus IT and communication skills. Studying at Hull means you will benefit from research-informed teaching and excellent facilities in the department, and you have the opportunity, especially in your final year, to participate in original research-based projects.

Our state-of-the-art, industry-standard facilities include the new biomedical research facility within the new Allam Building, the 33,000 litre tropical aquaria, and new environmental genomics laboratories. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, staff from this school contributed to the University's two best results in the areas of Environmental Science and Allied Health, where an outstanding 87% of research submitted was awarded three or four stars. The option of an integrated foundation year offers the perfect way into this subject for those without a strong enough academic background for direct entry to the full BSc.

Teaching and Learning

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Where you'll study

Allam Building Hull Campus

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Learn to scuba dive and become a PADI-certified advanced open water diver (extra fee may be payable).

Exciting field work opportunities in the UK or in destinations like Brazil, Malaysia or Mallorca.

Learn in superb facilities such as our botanical gardens and brand new environmental classroom.

Study under world-leading experts on vital issues such as climate change and environmental DNA.

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Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have A level Biology/Applied Science at Grade C or above (or merit from relevant BTEC). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology at merit or higher

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £16,000

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

The University of Hull has an excellent track record for employability. Staff work closely with the Careers Service to enhance career prospects for our students. Activities include CV training, mock interviews, training for assessment centres as well as a series of career talks from employers and ex-students.

The Careers Service offers valuable advice on the range of opportunities available and advertises relevant vacancies. Employers comment on the excellent practical, problem solving and communication skills of Hull graduates.