School of Biological Sciences

Biology with Biotechnology BSc (Hons)

Course facts

  • UCAS code: C511
  • Bangor code: BSc/Biot
  • Course length: 3 years

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School of Biological Sciences
Tel: 01248 382527
E-mail: ucas.enquiries@sbs.bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/biology

Course Overview

Biotechnology is the application of biology to improve quality of life, and the health of our planet, via the innovative use of cellular and molecular processes to develop beneficial technologies and products.

Historically, biotechnology has had a significant impact upon human life, with the earliest biotechnologists harnessing the fermentative capabilities of microorganisms to produce food products such as bread, cheese, beer and wine. In today’s world, modern biotechnology offers breakthrough products and technologies to combat disease, reduce our impact on the environment, feed the hungry, reduce our energy demands, provide cleaner energy, and produce safer, cleaner and more efficient industrial processes. This degree will empower the next generation of scientists to address global issues in an innovative manner to heal, fuel and feed the world.

You will receive training that covers evolutionary, ecological, environmental, molecular and cellular aspects of biology, and there is opportunity to follow applied aspects of biology as well as learn about fundamental processes and mechanisms. Our teaching is underpinned by internationally recognised research. Academic staff in the School of Biological Sciences have a well-founded expertise in biotechnology research, derived from a number of biological disciplines covering medical and environmental microbiology, plant biology, marine biotechnology, fisheries genetics, and cell and genome biology. We also provide a diversity of practical, laboratory and field biology experience, enabling you to acquire transferable skills (data analysis, group work, writing and presentational skills, IT skills). Extensive use is made of the exceptional range of local terrestrial and aquatic habitats during field courses and practical classes. We are unusual among British Universities in having our own botanical gardens with various habitats for biological studies. We are also part of the Environment Centre Wales, which is a partnership venture between Bangor University and the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • Cutting-edge science is integral to our research programmes and feeds through into the teaching environment. Our expertise in biology and biotechnology encompasses studies into medical and environmental microbiology, plant biology, marine biotechnology, fisheries genetics, cell and genome biology, neurobiology and development.
  • Our excellent facilities include two well equipped microbiology research laboratories; a Botanical Garden; our own Natural History Museum containing a comprehensive collection of invertebrate and vertebrate material; and extensive marine and freshwater aquaria.
  • Bangor’s location provides a range of soil types, climate and topography, provides numerous diverse habitats, all within easy reach for field-based studies

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

Students are required to take 120 credits each year made up of lectures, practicals and interactive exercises, as well as field trips and tutorials. Modules become more specialised as the degree progresses and the number of compulsory modules varies between years. Assessment is by a mixture of formal examination and continuous assessment. Welsh medium modules are also available.

The Master in Biology with Biotechnology is an extended undergraduate programme which allows students to graduate either with BSc (Hons) at the end of the third year or with a Master at the end of the fourth year. If at the end of Year 2 a sufficient standard is achieved, then progression onto the Masters year will be permitted following completion of Year 3. The fourth year offers a unique opportunity to conduct an extended research project either in the laboratory or in the field.

The combination of modules for each year of our Biology with Biotechnology degrees is shown below. The number of credits is given in brackets after the name of each module. Some modules will include lectures, practicals and interactive exercises.

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year is a general year for all of our biology related degrees to provide you with an important grounding in several important aspects of biology. All of the modules in year one are compulsory.

Cellular & Molecular Biology (20): This module will cover the chemistry of life, the molecular basis of inheritance and important aspects of cell biology, such as structure and function.

Biomedical Practicals (20): Students will undertake a range of practicals in molecular and cell biology introducing experimental design and data handling. The practicals will coincide with the appropriate subject area in the lecture modules.

Good Laboratory Practice (10): This hands-on module allows students to become familiar with laboratory equipment and modern research methods.

Introduction to Microbiology (10): The module will introduce students to prokaryotic and eukaryotic micro-organisms by outlining their characteristics and structures.

Research Skills (20): The module is aimed at developing a range of skills commonly used by natural scientists, including basic mathematical manipulation, data interpretation, and presentation, experimental design and statistical analysis, IT skills and effective use of the literature.

Parasites & Pathogens (20): The module introduces the parasites and pathogens of the most important diseases and it analyses how and why the pathogens and parasites cause disease.

Organismal Diversity (20): This module will present an overview of basic classification, form and function of the major groups of living organisms.

Tutorials (degree specific) (10): Tutorials will be held by individual members of staff to groups of 6-7 students and involve discussions that are degree specific. Tutorials will develop communication skills.

Year 2 

Compulsory Modules:

  • Bioscience Skills (20)
  • Human Immunology (20)
  • Medical Microbiology (20)
  • Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (20)
  • Cell Biology (20)

Optional Modules:

Choose 40 credits from:

  • Evolution & Genetics (20)
  • Invertebrates (20)
  • Genomic Instability and Disease (20)

Year 3

The third year includes a major project that may be experimental or take the form of a Literature Review, which is supervised by a member of staff on a subject to suit your interests.

Compulsory Modules:

  • Integrated Resarch Project
  • Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology (20)

Optional Modules:

Choose 60-80 credits from:

  • Plant Biotechnology (10)
  • Marine Biotechnology (10)
  • Environment & Industrial Biotechnology (10)
  • Bio Enterprise & Employability (20)
  • Molecular Ecology & Evolution (20)
  • Systematics & Diversity (20)
  • Medical Genetics (20)
  • Attack & Defence in Plants (10)
  • Practical Developmental Biology (20)

Further information on each module can be found on our website.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Biology with Biotechnology Modules page.

Programme Specification

Careers & Employability

Graduates in Biology with Biotechnology will possess a wealth of skills and knowledge that will be relevant to many employment sectors including hospital laboratories, research organisations, multidisciplinary consultancies, industrial companies, research charities, government departments, agencies, educational establishments, research councils and the private sector.

Employability and the School of Biological Sciences

As a graduate with a good degree from the School of Biological Sciences, a variety of careers will be open to you. There are careers for which a Biological Sciences degree is essential, and careers for which Biological Sciences provides a useful base.

In addition, there are careers open to graduates and postgraduates from any discipline. These include, for example, careers in management training, accountancy, teaching, nursing, social work, the police and the armed forces. However, employers are usually looking for general or transferable skills, and a Biological Sciences degree arguably provides a unique combination of these.

Find out more on the School's 'Careers for our graduates' pages.

 

Work Experience and Volunteering

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Find out more about how the BEA can help you...

Entry requirements for this course

  • 260-320 points including A level Biology and preferably at least AS Chemistry. (Please note, we do not consider Psychology as a science subject for the purposes of study in the field of Biological Sciences.)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate including Biology at Higher level and preferably Chemistry
  • Scottish Highers including Biology at Advanced Higher Level and preferably Chemistry at Higher level
  • Access and BTEC qualifications
  • Mature age students with relevant experience
  • 4 Year Master in Biology: students will be assessed for transition onto Masters at the end of Year 2

General entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com/candq/tariff/index.html

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

  • International Baccalaureate:
    You will usually need to have been awarded the full diploma and offers may vary according to the course you are applying for.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate:
    We accept a Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Advanced Diploma that is equivalent to 120 UCAS Tariff points.
  • Access courses and mature entry:
    We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students.

International Students

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for application information. If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Office on 01248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

IELTS Courses and Accreditation

Bangor University also has an IELTS Test Centre and we can help you put together a package of study in which you can:

We can also help you arrange further English Language development programmes in parallel with your academic courses of studies.

More information

  • E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk
  • Or write to:
    Admissions Office
    Bangor University
    Gwynedd
    LL57 2DG
  • Tel: 01248 382017

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You can keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for further information on applications.

Confused about how to apply?

If you’re not quite sure how to proceed and would like to find out a little more then perhaps our Going to University site will help.

Why study with the School of Biological Sciences?

  • Bangor has a long tradition in teaching and research in the Biological Sciences.
  • We were awarded a "4A" rating in the UK wide Research Assessment Exercise, demonstrating the national and international calibre of both teaching and research.
  • Our students enjoy being here and expressed their praise for the quality of the teaching and pastoral care provided by the School of Biological Sciences
  • The staff have a strong commitment to providing excellent teaching and care for their students.
  • We have excellent facilities for the study of both flora and fauna - these include snake, lizard and fish collections a Botanic Garden and a Natural History Museum.
  • We offer a wide range of degrees in the Biological Sciences encompassing "traditional" disciplines such as Zoology and Biology to Biomedical Science, Medical Biology and Biology with Biotechnology.
  • We offer the opportunity to study at a university in the U.S. for all or part of the second year.
  • Bangor is an ancient, historic Cathedral and University city, and our unique location provides access to a wide range of superb natural environments from the beaches of Anglesey to the mountain ranges of Snowdonia.
  • Many of our students enthusiastically participate in outdoor activities, and sailing, hillwalking, rock climbing, paragliding, canoeing, scuba diving and surfing are extremely popular.
  • We have a sports centre with excellent indoor sports facilities of all sorts, including a climbing wall.

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea -has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new halls of residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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