Biology

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Biology

UndergraduateBSc (Hons) Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C100

What you'll study

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Cells and Organelles

    Explore the fascinating inner workings of cells, giving you a foundation in areas such as cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry. You'll cover topics such as cancer biology, how cells respond to hormones, and how proteins are regulated. You'll learn how to use equipment in research laboratories and design, carry out and write up your own experiment.

  • Diversity of Life

  • Principles of Genetics

    Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms. You will cover the following topics: gene and chromosome structure, DNA replication, mechanisms of transcription and translation, genetic inheritance, genetic variation, and the principles behind techniques used to analyse the genome.

  • Ecology and Evolution

  • Dive Training

  • Science Communication

    Communicating science effectively is a skill you will need within your degree and beyond. This module allows you to learn theory and practise of communicating a topic related to your degree, in a range of ways (video, writing, infographics) and for a range of audiences.

  • Chemistry of Life

    The basis of all life is? Yes, a chemical - join this module to understand the building blocks of biomolecules, their reactivity and biological examples that help to understand organisms physiology, ecology, health and evolution.

  • Skills for Biology

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Genetic Analysis

    Takes a problem-based approach to understanding modern molecular genetics and genomics of eukaryotes. You will become accustomed with modern methods of laboratory investigation and genetic data analysis and debate current discoveries.

  • Evolutionary Biology

  • Molecular Cell Biology

  • Conservation Biology

  • Behavioural Ecology

  • Animal Form and Function

    The module provides an integrated view of animal biology by showing how ecology shapes morphology, physiology and behaviour in different animals and across different environments, from marine to terrestrial ecosystem.

  • Green Planet

    This module will introduce you to the fascinating world of photosynthetic organisms, from single celled marine algae to the giant trees of the tropical rain forests. You'll look at photosynthetic organisms from their biochemistry, genetics, physiology, ecological distribution and evolutionary history. Practical classes will teach you ways of investigating plants and algae in the lab and in the field.

  • Freshwater Biology

  • Professional and Research Skills for Biologists

    Develop key experimental design and data analysis skills necessary for your degree. You’ll learn how to identify and evidence your skills and experience, to help you secure employment in the future.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Human Evolution and Genomics

  • Molecular and Medical Parasitology

    Explore a range of medically important parasites which have a major impact on the morbidity and mortality of populations around the globe. Gain an understanding of the biology of medically important parasites,  the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and host-parasite interactions, and develop practical skills in parasitology.

  • Sex and Social Behaviour

    Evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology are taken to the next level in this module, in which you'll develop a deeper understanding of fascinating topics such as the evolution of sex, cryptic female choice and sperm competition, sexual conflict, parental care, brood parasitism and co-operative breeding and much more.

  • Extinction

    Investigate and discuss questions on prehistoric, historical and contemporary extinctions, from genetic, evolutionary, ecological, paleoecological, geographical and geological perspectives.

  • Insect Biology

    Insects are among the most numerous, diverse and awesome creatures on the planet - an Aladdin's cave, bursting with weirdness, colour and intrigue. They are also among the most important animals - vital to ecosystems we depend on, but also wreaking terrible destruction. In a mix of lectures, workshops, practicals and fieldtrips, you will discover this amazing, crazy little world we’re lucky enough to study.

  • Wildlife Management

  • Field Studies

  • Independent Research Project

    You will have the unique opportunity to work on your own lab-based project alongside researchers. You'll have direct input into experimental design and will analyse your data before writing it up in a dissertation. For many students, this is the highlight of their degree as it's a chance to show off your skills in a real-world environment.

  • Environmental Geonomics Research Project

  • Professional Consultancy Project

    Work with an external 'host' organisation on a research project which is designed to be useful to them, while being supervised by university tutors. You'll manage the relationship with the 'host' and design and conduct a suitable project.

  • Biology in Education

    This exciting module enables you to conduct original research in a subject of your choosing, within the broad area of Educational studies. You will plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor and through guided group tutorials.

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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

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

47%

7%

46%

Second year

36%

24%

40%

Final year

23%

3%

74%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you 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

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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 per year*
  • International: £16,000 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.