Biology is the study of life. All life processes are the result of a series of complex interactions at a molecular, cellular and whole organism level. Through this course, you’ll investigate these systems in all their fascinating detail, and develop your academic and practical skills, enabling you to interpret and analyse biological data and evaluate your own work.
The Biological Science BSc (Hons) degree encompasses a broad scope of topics designed to interest the enquiring mind. During the first year you will acquire a solid foundation in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, human anatomy and data analysis. You’ll begin to understand how macromolecules drive cellular processes and you’ll be introduced to essential data handling and laboratory skills.
In the second year you’ll start to specialise, and will explore state-of-the-art research techniques such as gene cloning, amplification of DNA and microbiological techniques.
Your third year will include a year-long research project on the topic of your choosing. You can choose to specialise or to follow a more varied pathway.
Biological scientists play a key role in identifying diseases, monitoring treatment and conducting research into infectious diseases and other pathologies. You’ll graduate from this course ready to join the field, with a sound knowledge base and a high standard of cognitive, practical and transferable skills.
Your skills are assessed by essays, group reports, poster presentations, seminar presentations, data analysis and interpretation exercises, and the production and maintenance of a personal profile and curriculum vitae.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
- Anatomy & Physiology (core, 30 credits)
- Biochemistry (core, 15 credits)
- Cell & Molecular Biology (core, 30 credits)
- Chemistry (for Biosciences) (core, 15 credits)
- Laboratory Science (core, 30 credits)
Year 2 modules include:
- Human Immunity (core, 15 credits)
- Metabolism (core, 15 credits)
- Microbiology (core, 15 credits)
- Molecular Biology (core, 15 credits)
- Parasitology (core, 15 credits)
- Tissue Science (core, 30 credits)
- Ethics for Science (option, 15 credits)
- Micronutrient Physiology (option, 15 credits)
Year 3 modules include:
- Biochemical Pathology (core, 30 credits)
- Energy Metabolism & Endocrinology (core, 15 credits)
- Fundamentals of Biotechnology (core, 15 credits)
- Infection Control (core, 15 credits)
- Project (core, 30 credits)
- Bioinformatics & Molecular Modelling (option, 15 credits)
- Systems Pathology (option, 15 credits)
- Work Placement (option, 15 credits)
What our students say
“Years spent at university are not only about gaining knowledge, but also about developing yourself as an individual. That’s why London Met is a great university to go to – it’s so multicultural that you get immersed in different cultures right away, which makes you more aware and tolerant, and encourages you to see situations from other perspectives. The environment at London Met is very supportive when it comes to extracurricular activities; you’re encouraged to take up volunteering or take part in the Science Society’s activities.”
After the course
You’ll complete the course equipped for a career in medical and biological research, in hospital and public health laboratories or in the pharmaceutical, food, water and agricultural industries. Previous graduates have gone on to find work at companies such as the Royal Society of Biology.
You’ll also develop analytical, numerical and communication skills that are in demand in other careers such as accountancy, journalism, marketing and teaching.