Biology

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Biology

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

    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

* 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

    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

* 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

    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

    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.

  • 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

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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
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

19%

81%

Second year

18%

82%

Final year

13%

87%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

47%

7%

46%

Second year

36%

24%

40%

Final year

23%

3%

74%

Our teaching staff

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

2019 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.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

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.