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BSc (Hons) Bioscience

UCAS code: 
C760
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Five years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

​​​​BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

Please see Entry Requirements below.

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. 
  • Explore cutting edge developments such as stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
  • Benefit from close working relationships with a highly qualified and research-active international teaching team.
  • Graduates will be equipped with solid knowledge of theoretical principles and wide range of practical skills sought by employers.
  • Develop a wide range of soft skills, which can be implemented not only in further study but also in a range of careers.

Introduction

 

The BSc (Hons) Bioscience degree at the University of Suffolk is now accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. 

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

The BSc (Hons) Bioscience degree course aims for students to develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of life processes through the study of a range of modules including Microbial Organisms, Immunology, Cell Biology and Introduction to the Genome. 

It explores cutting edge developments including stem cell research, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and cell-based therapies.

Modules, such as Research Methods and Scientific Communication, emphasises the need for graduates to be able to communicate science to the wider community and along with Professional Development for Life Sciences module, we are promoting graduates with key employability skills required for rapidly changing biotechnology industry. 

The course also provides an excellent background for further study, and will be particularly suited to those who are interested in an interdisciplinary approach to bioscience.

Bioscience

Our students benefit from close working relationships with a highly qualified and research-active teaching team, drawn from UK and International universities.

The academic staff at the University of Suffolk aim to get to know every student as an individual. This may occur through the interactive process of teaching and learning, through tutorials and focussed academic support.

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Course modules

The curriculum has been developed to produce students with a wide range of knowledge and skills that enhance employability and stimulate an interest in the subject that will facilitate the drive for life-long career in the biosciences.

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Biochemistry

This module will investigate the fundamentals of biochemistry starting from basic atomic structure and bonding to then focus on the structure, function and metabolism of macromolecules. Students with differing levels of previous knowledge of chemistry and biology will be introduced to the range of processes taking place within the body at a molecular level.

Cell Biology

Cells are the basic unit of all living organisms. In this module, students will examine the structure and function of cells, and the signals that control eukaryotic cell division, adhesion, migration, and programmed cell death. Students will analyse how cells contribute to animal physiology and disease, and be introduced to the techniques used to study cells in the laboratory. 

Human Physiology

A thorough understanding of human physiology and maintenance of homeostasis are key facets in a range of scientific disciplines. In this module, students will study the way in which different cells, tissues, organs and organ systems contribute to homeostasis from a theoretical perspective.

Diversity of Life

This module follows chronologically the development from biomolecules and the first basic cells through to the more complex organisms such as hominids and modern plants. Students will gain an appreciation of the process of evolution through natural selection which will furnish them with knowledge to underpin much of their further studies. 

Introduction to the Genome

DNA is arguably the most important macromolecule in life and this module is designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge on which students can build throughout the Bioscience degree programme. Beginning with the fundamental concepts of DNA and it’s role in heredity and the genetic code, the module will build up through expression of genotype to phenotype and the control of gene expression.

Scientific Skills

This module will provide students with the core skills required to carry out basic scientific procedures and communicate their research in an appropriate scientific format.  The module is based on a series of practical sessions and is designed to develop the skills required for subsequent advanced modules on the course.

Data Analysis and Statistics

Effective scientists need to understand how experimentation, qualitative and quantitative analysis drives science forward via the process of attempted falsification and how this is quantified and presented. This module prepares students for further study and employment by providing an understanding of inferential statistical analysis of scientific data. It will enable students to understand, interpret and apply most of the statistical techniques that they will see in published articles and allow them to emulate such analysis in their own work.

Research Methods and Scientific Communication

This module prepares students for further study and employment by providing an understanding of what science is and how it works.  It introduces students to the principles of scientific research and the planning and design of experiments.  Students will learn how to effectively analyse literature and communicate science in a variety of methods. 

Immunology

In this module students will explore the cellular basis of infection via pathogens and the immunological defence system the body deploys in order to prevent the development of infectious disease.  The module will deal with the structure and function of the human immune system in terms of the innate and adaptive immune responses focusing on the cells and molecules involved. 

Microbial Organisms

The module aims to set an introduction to some key properties and applications of selected microbial organisms. Students will learn about the structural, biological and molecular characteristics of major microorganisms, to include bacteria, viruses, fungi and protists. In addition, the significance of microbes in health and disease will be investigated, also with the support of current research literature.

Molecular Biotechnology

This module introduces students to the principles of nucleic acids manipulation and cloning. The module will include a thorough background on DNA handling, manipulation and analysis. The module will then detail the standard techniques by which DNA can be differently inserted into prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and its expression monitored. Classic techniques will be presented together with the more advanced, cutting-edge technologies and approaches.

Work-based Experience (optional)

This module has been conceived to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their employability skills and experience through undertaking a 100 hour period of work-based experience in a field related to their degree programme. This module can also be undertaken by students who are already in relevant employment, thereby enhancing their career development. 

Biology of Disease (optional)

This module is designed to review the nature of and causation of diseases, by considering environmental, genetic, and biologic factors and link the characteristics of disease to the signs and symptoms utilised in diagnosis. The module will also give the students the opportunity to investigate the positive and negative effects of diet on health and disease.

Dissertation

The dissertation will provide an opportunity for individuals to develop an area of scientific interest arising from either course-based or work-based experience. The focus of the dissertation will be a research-based study, central to which will be some form of hypothesis testing or problem solving.  It will enable students to utilise practical, intellectual and decision making skills in novel situations. 

Developmental Biology

This module is designed to give students an overview of developmental processes that lead to formation of a multicellular organism from a single zygote. The module will consider the cellular and molecular events which underpin development, including cell specification and cell differentiation. It will look at the mechanisms that lead to precise arrangement of the different cell types within multicellular organisms and animals. 

Professional Development for the Life Sciences

Students will explore the numerous career paths available for life science graduates, will gain experience of graduate recruitment processes, and will critically analyse their own skills and capabilities to develop, reflect and improve their professional career prospects. Students will be introduced to elements of bioentrepreneurship and ethics. In particular, areas such as outlining a business plan, patent application, intellectual property, clinical trials and policy making.

Regenerative Medicine

The module will begin by presenting different types of stem cells and their properties, then it will outline various cell-based and tissue engineering approaches to regenerate damaged tissues. The module the students will be challenged to critically evaluate the potential of tissues of being rebuilt and will appraise current and developing techniques in the field.

Pharmacology and Toxicology (optional)

This module is intended to allow the student to draw together a wide range of topics covered at levels 4 and 5 into the applied area of pharmacology and toxicology. This module utilizes understanding and application of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and physiology to solve problems. The interdisciplinary nature of the field provides an ideal opportunity for students to contextualise their studies within an important progressive science. 

Clinical Nutrition (optional)

The module will examine nutrition as it relates to the prevention and treatment of disease and deals with the nutritional aspects of diseases and clinical disorders by integrating students' existing knowledge of physiology, biochemistry and food science. In this module students will also consider the nutritional requirements of humans throughout the lifespan; the changing physiological status and subsequent changes in nutritional requirements will be studied along with a critical appraisal of how this is met with respect to diet, sociological status, geography and education. 

Career opportunities

Our graduates will be well placed to secure jobs as researchers working in universities, pharmaceutical and bioscience companies and institutes. Some graduates may progress into laboratory-based careers in clinical or technical roles which do not involve research, for example within NHS setting.

The transferable skills developed during the course will equip graduates for a wide range of careers outside the laboratory such as within scientific publication, quality control, scientific advisory bodies and scientific sales. 

Additionally, the course prepares students for higher level study such as PGCE (e.g. science teacher training), Masters degree or PhD

Erasmus Plus Opportunities

We are pleased to be able to offer our students an opportunity to engage in the Erasmus Plus Program. This involves conducting their final year Dissertation projects abroad at the University of Palermo, Italy. At the University of Suffolk we believe in building a positive, collaborative, international environment and our involvement in Erasmus Plus Program help us in establishing these goals.

 

Bioscience Graduate

Fees and finance

2017-18

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.

2018-19         

Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £13,000 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
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  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

A science related subject is preferred at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Please note PE and Sports Science do not count as science A levels, and general studies will not be considered.

Plus five GCSEs at grade A-C including Mathematics, English and Science (or equivalent) or five new GCSEs grade 4-9.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Staff

Course Leader BSc (Hons) Bioscience Lecturer in BSc (Hons) Bioscience and MSc Regenerative Medicine

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MSc Regenerative Medicine, Department of Science and Technology

Course Leader in Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science

Lecturer in Regenerative Medicine

Lecturer in Life Sciences, Department of Science and Technology

Associate Professor and Course Leader for Nutrition and Human Health

Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences

Facilities and Resources

Teaching for this course is undertaken in the purpose-built James Hehir Building which has modern teaching and research laboratory facilities, Waterfront Building, and the IT facilities and classrooms in the new Atrium building.

Our state of the art laboratory facilities located in the James Hehir building facilitate high quality practical skills teaching. 

As well as a range of standard laboratory equipment including glassware, pipettes, centrifuges, low temperature and ultra-low temperature storage, analytical balances, there is a range of key specialist equipment to support the practical elements of the modules including chromatography, protein analysis, histology, microscopes, 3D productivity suite, cell biology equipment and molecular biology equipment.

Field trips and visits

We organise a number of field trips and visits for our students. During level 5 students visit the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons as part of the Biology of Disease module.

During level 6, the students have an opportunity to visit a number of excellent national and international scientific facilities. These include the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London, Envigo (former Huntington Life Science), Institute for Biology at Leipzig University, Germany and Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden Germany, to name the few.  These visits expose our students to a wider scientific community and open up opportunities for our students for postgraduate studies and employment.