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Biological Sciences BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time C111 Clearing 2018
2019
4 years full time including sandwich year C100 Clearing 2018
2019
4 years full time including foundation year C118 Clearing 2018
2019
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2018
2019

Why choose this course?

Biological sciences form the basis of many new areas of science and technology. They are the foundation of our understanding of a diverse range of subjects – from evolution, genetics and diversity to medicine, drug and human development.

On this course, you can choose to study environmental, human, medical or genetics and molecular biology.

Accreditation

Royal Society of BiologyThis course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for 2018 entry. Kingston University graduates from this programme will receive one year's free membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

The Royal Society of Biology is the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. The Society represents more than16,000 biologists from all areas of the life sciences, as well as more than 100 organisations which make up the diverse landscape of biology in the UK and overseas. The Royal Society of Biology offers members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology.

Whichever area of biology you wish to gain a career in, membership will help you:

  • stay up to date with what is happening across the life sciences;
  • gain additional recognition for your skills and experience;
  • develop your professional network; and
  • demonstrate your support for the future of biology.

Foundation year

If you would like to study one of our science degrees at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you can include an extra foundation year within your chosen degree. Please see the science foundation year course page for details of modules.

What you will study

Year 1 is common to all streams of this biological sciences degree - human biology, medical biology, and genetics and molecular biology - as well as a number of other degrees. It has been designed to give you a thorough understanding of the core subjects within life sciences and provides a measure of flexibility between courses.

In Year 2, you will follow the modules within your chosen specialism (Human Biology, Medical Biology or Genetics and Molecular Biology). You will develop your knowledge, techniques and practical skills, as well as additional transferable and employability skills. A core module, associated with your specialist stream, will integrate subject-specific knowledge and develop your skills in preparation for your final-year research project.

All students are encouraged to identify opportunities for work experience during the course. These may be through an optional sandwich year taken between Years 2 and 3.

In Year 3, you will examine more advanced and applied aspects within your subject area. You will also undertake an independent project – this provides an opportunity to research a topic of your choice within your specialism as either a laboratory-based project or a library-based dissertation.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 (common to all streams)

  • This module is a core module taken by students in the fields of Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Forensic Biology, Forensic Science, Medical Biochemistry and Pharmacology. The module introduces students to basic cell biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, molecular, organismal and population genetics, germ layers and basic tissue types in the human body, and a variety of microorganisms. Core factual material is provided in keynote lectures and supported via material available via StudySpace. Laboratory practicals give students the opportunity to learn selected current techniques used to study cells, tissues, chromosomes and microbial organisms. The module provides an essential introduction to modules at levels 5 and 6 that develop further knowledge in cell biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics and microbiology.

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  • This module introduces basic chemistry from first principles with particular emphasis on application to biology and biochemistry. An introduction to the structure and function of the major classes of biological molecules is also covered.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of atomic structure and bonding and how molecules interact with one another.
    • Understand basic chemical reactions including making and breaking of bonds.
    • Understand the conformations and stereochemistry of molecules.
    • Describe, recognise and understand the structural properties and functions of the major classes of biologically important molecules.
    • Summarise general aspects of energy metabolism.
    • Demonstrate the key communication skill of report writing and develop laboratory and independent learning skills.
     
  • This first year module is a core module for all Bioscience and Forensic Science programmes, and provides a firm foundation in general scientific and laboratory skills that students require to successfully complete their programmes of study.  Students are introduced to the nature of studying in higher education, the need for effective time management and planning of work, the appropriate use of information sources, and to sources of information relating to careers in the biosciences.  Scientific analytical and lab/practical skills are developed, together with essential mathematics and statistical skills for life scientists.  A significant component of the module consists of the development of basic research skills such as practical skills in the laboratory, the principles of experimental design and the statistical analysis of data.

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  • This is a core module taken by students studying BSc Biomedical Science, Nutrition, Medical Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Pharmacology, and Forensic Biology.

    The module introduces students to fundamental physiological concepts which underpin the coordinated functioning of the human body, including homeostasis, cellular communication and movement of molecules through body compartments. The main physiological systems of the body are then covered, including the nervous, muscle, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, renal and digestive systems. Core material is delivered through lectures, problem solving exercises and directed reading. Laboratory practicals provide experience of selected techniques, experimental design and data analysis used in physiological experimental work.

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Year 2: stream-specific modules

  • Modules:

    • This module is core in the Biochemistry, Biological Sciences (Human Biology, Medical Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology routes) and Nutrition (Human Nutrition). It is also an option module for Biomedical Science. The module provides students with knowledge of the structure and methods of analysis of proteins, with particular emphasis on enzymes. This is followed by the study of the major catabolic and anabolic pathways and investigates how organisms obtain and use energy. These processes, and their regulation in health and disease, are considered at the molecular level, which involves many proteins including enzymes.

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    • This is a core module for students studying Biomedical Science. The module aims to develop scientific, academic and research skills that were introduced at level 4, and to relate the application of these skills to the study of physiology. Research methods and employability skills are taught within the context of biomedical and associated employment opportunities. The module is designed to enhance students' understanding of the recurring physiological themes in non-communicable diseases, relating physiological systems to common chronic diseases and likely mechanisms involved. The module will further develop the study of human physiology from level 4, covering topics such as endocrinology, neurophysiology, cardiovascular, reproductive and respiratory physiology.

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    • This is a core module in Sport Science, Exercise, Nutrition & Health and Biological Sciences (Human Biology) degree pathways, and offered as an option on the Sports Analysis & Coaching. This module covers the acute and chronic physiological changes induced by exercise and an understanding of cardio-respiratory health. This module will develop the students' application of exercise physiology to performance. The module will also enable students to apply the role of exercise and physical activity as a prescription therapy to clinical diseases. This module will further develop the student understanding by equipping them with the scientific skills to monitor and assess health, fitness and performance.

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    • Sports Psychology
      Module information to be confirmed.

      Infection and Immunity
      This module aims to extend existing knowledge of the structure and function of microbiological agents in health and disease and the immunological responses raised as a consequence by the human body. Microbiological processes will be examined along with methods of controlling the organisms responsible in the laboratory environment as well as within a patient. The module also deals with the  different cells and organs of the immune system and how these function and interact to protect the body from infection. An introduction to molecular processes and signalling events that are important in communication between cells of the human immune system are studied.

       
     
  • Modules:

    • This is a core module in the Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences,  and Forensic Biology fields. The module discusses cellular mechanisms of disease. In addition it considers the role of cellular pathology in the context of other pathology disciplines such as Clinical Pathology. Particular emphasis is given to laboratory aspects of cellular injury and their application in routine diagnosis. The module delivery is in the format of lectures, tutorials, poster presentation, practicals and demonstrations. Core factual material is provided via Canvas/Blackboard with keynote lectures used to explain concepts. Teaching and practical session are supported by online pathology material.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module is core in the Biochemistry, Biological Sciences (Human Biology, Medical Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology routes) and Nutrition (Human Nutrition). It is also an option module for Biomedical Science. The module provides students with knowledge of the structure and methods of analysis of proteins, with particular emphasis on enzymes. This is followed by the study of the major catabolic and anabolic pathways and investigates how organisms obtain and use energy. These processes, and their regulation in health and disease, are considered at the molecular level, which involves many proteins including enzymes.

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    • This is a core module for Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences (Medical Biology), Medical Biochemistry, Nutrition and Pharmacology, and an option for Biological Sciences (Human Biology). It is a pre-requisite for the level 6 modules LS6003 (Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Disease) and LS6006 (Clinical Immunology and Medical Microbiology).

      This module provides an opportunity to learn more about the structure and function of microbiological agents in health and disease and the immunological responses raised as a consequence by the human body. Through the lectures a number of microbiological processes will be examined along with methods of controlling the organisms responsible in the laboratory environment as well as within a patient. Students will also become familiar with the different cells and organs of the immune system and how these function and interact to protect the body from infection. The module also introduces some of the molecular processes and signalling events that are important in communication between cells of the human immune system.

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    • This is a core module for students studying Biomedical Science. The module aims to develop scientific, academic and research skills that were introduced at level 4, and to relate the application of these skills to the study of physiology. Research methods and employability skills are taught within the context of biomedical and associated employment opportunities. The module is designed to enhance students' understanding of the recurring physiological themes in non-communicable diseases, relating physiological systems to common chronic diseases and likely mechanisms involved. The module will further develop the study of human physiology from level 4, covering topics such as endocrinology, neurophysiology, cardiovascular, reproductive and respiratory physiology.

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  • Modules:

    • This is a core module for students studying all routes of the Biological Sciences.  It aims to develop the scientific, academic and research skills that were introduced at level 4, and to relate applications of these skills to study and research in evolutionary biology and how this is associated with all elements of biological sciences. 

      Research methods and employability skills are taught within the context of biology, evolution, genetics and molecular biology and associated employment.  Students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of evolution, the role of molecular biology to investigate natural populations and biodiversity, evolutionary genomics and genetics, molecular basis of speciation, phylogenetics and the application of molecular analytical techniques in the context of environmental and medical problems. These subjects are further examined in terms of the latest knowledge, techniques and research in modern evolutionary theory.  Students gain a range of practical skills including molecular laboratory methods and bioinformatics.

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    • This is a core module taken by student in the fields of Biochemistry, Biological Sciences (Genetics and Molecular Biology route), Pharmacology, and is an option module taken by Biomedical Science and Biological Sciences (General route)

      The module builds on topics covered in LS4001 (Genes, Cells and Tissues) and explores more advanced concepts in cell and molecular biology. The module provides insight into the structure and function of cells, and takes an integrated approach to looking at how cells respond to changes in their environment - from receptor interactions and intracellular signalling pathways through to the regulation of gene expression and changes in cellular processes.

      Formal lectures are supported by laboratory classes, tutorials, workshops, independent study and further resources available on Canvas. The module also includes opportunities to develop both data-handling and written skills.

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    • This module is core in the Biochemistry, Biological Sciences (Human Biology, Medical Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology routes) and Nutrition (Human Nutrition). It is also an option module for Biomedical Science. The module provides students with knowledge of the structure and methods of analysis of proteins, with particular emphasis on enzymes. This is followed by the study of the major catabolic and anabolic pathways and investigates how organisms obtain and use energy. These processes, and their regulation in health and disease, are considered at the molecular level, which involves many proteins including enzymes.

      Read full module description

       
    • This is a core module in the Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences,  and Forensic Biology fields. The module discusses cellular mechanisms of disease. In addition it considers the role of cellular pathology in the context of other pathology disciplines such as Clinical Pathology. Particular emphasis is given to laboratory aspects of cellular injury and their application in routine diagnosis. The module delivery is in the format of lectures, tutorials, poster presentation, practicals and demonstrations. Core factual material is provided via Canvas/Blackboard with keynote lectures used to explain concepts. Teaching and practical session are supported by online pathology material.

      Read full module description

       
     

Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4: stream-specific modules

  • Modules:

    • This is a core module in the Biosciences field for a number of BSc (Honours) programmes. The project module forms a very important part of the degree programme and probably constitutes the largest piece of independent work a student is likely to undertake during his/her undergraduate studies. There are several types of projects that may be offered to students: a laboratory or field-based project, data projects involving acquisition of data and information from surveys, questionnaires, computer simulations or bioinformatics, or a systematic review of research literature that includes the collection, comparison and original presentation of reported research data. The end point is the same in all cases; review and critical evaluation of qualitative and quantitative information and data to address a hypothesis or research question, and the production of a written report.

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    • This module is research-driven and will provide a thorough background in the fields of neurophysiology and neuropharmacology and introduce a range of current topics in neuroscience, selected from such areas as cellular and molecular neurobiology, sensory and motor systems, cognitive neuroscience and degenerative neuropathologies. The module implements current research techniques and deals with how to critically evaluate and discuss different ways of studying the brain.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Explain key cellular and molecular processes in neurobiology, and investigate selected processes experimentally.
      • Discuss the function of human sensory and motor systems in health and disease.
      • Carry out and interpret laboratory experiments in selected areas of neuroscience.
      • Critically evaluate current clinical and scientific literature on neurological diseases and their treatments.
      • Assess selected experimental techniques used in neuroscience.

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    • Choose two from:

      • Medical Parasitology
      • Contemporary Issues in Food and Nutrition
      • Extreme Environments and Ergogenic Aids
       
     
  • Modules:

    • This is a core module in the Biosciences field for a number of BSc (Honours) programmes. The project module forms a very important part of the degree programme and probably constitutes the largest piece of independent work a student is likely to undertake during his/her undergraduate studies. There are several types of projects that may be offered to students: a laboratory or field-based project, data projects involving acquisition of data and information from surveys, questionnaires, computer simulations or bioinformatics, or a systematic review of research literature that includes the collection, comparison and original presentation of reported research data. The end point is the same in all cases; review and critical evaluation of qualitative and quantitative information and data to address a hypothesis or research question, and the production of a written report.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module considers the scientific basis of recent technological advances in biomolecular science through selected example of contemporary scientific research and its impact on society. The module consolidates previous knowledge in order to demonstrate the application of theory to current research, developments in the bioindustry and the effect of advancements on society. In addition, the module looks at the interaction of science and the media, public engagement and how this can guide scientific policy and the challenges facing the bioindustry, including intellectual property rights, bioethics and enterprise.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the scientific basis underlying selected recent advances in biomolecular science.
      • Identify and critically evaluate the impact of selected recent advances in biomolecular science on society and the challenges facing the bioindustries.
      • Interpret and critically assess the role of intellectual property rights, bioethics and enterprise in translational research.
      • Recognise the role of communicating scientific information to the public and its effect on public engagement and scientific policy.
      • Develop and apply scientific and professional skills to enhance employment opportunities along with a demonstrated knowledge of the diverse employment opportunities within the biomolecular sciences.

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    • This module provides contemporary insight into human parasites of global importance, the diseases that they cause, and the role of vectors in transmission. Arthropod borne viruses (arboviruses) are also considered, particularly in the context of co-infection with human parasites. The epidemiology of parasitic disease, morbidity, mortality and socioeconomic impacts are discussed, with an emphasis on recent advances in control measures.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Critically evaluate the nature and importance of animal parasites, and vectors involved in human disease.
      • Discuss in detail parasite and vector structure, life cycles and ecology.
      • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of parasite-induced pathology.
      • Critically evaluate the measures used in parasite and vector control.

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    • Choose one from:

      • Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Disease
      • Clinical Chemistry and Haematology (Blood Sciences)
      • Clinical Immunology and Medical Microbiology
       
     
  • Modules:

    • This is a core module in the Biosciences field for a number of BSc (Honours) programmes. The project module forms a very important part of the degree programme and probably constitutes the largest piece of independent work a student is likely to undertake during his/her undergraduate studies. There are several types of projects that may be offered to students: a laboratory or field-based project, data projects involving acquisition of data and information from surveys, questionnaires, computer simulations or bioinformatics, or a systematic review of research literature that includes the collection, comparison and original presentation of reported research data. The end point is the same in all cases; review and critical evaluation of qualitative and quantitative information and data to address a hypothesis or research question, and the production of a written report.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module considers the scientific basis of recent technological advances in biomolecular science through selected example of contemporary scientific research and its impact on society. The module consolidates previous knowledge in order to demonstrate the application of theory to current research, developments in the bioindustry and the effect of advancements on society. In addition, the module looks at the interaction of science and the media, public engagement and how this can guide scientific policy and the challenges facing the bioindustry, including intellectual property rights, bioethics and enterprise.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the scientific basis underlying selected recent advances in biomolecular science.
      • Identify and critically evaluate the impact of selected recent advances in biomolecular science on society and the challenges facing the bioindustries.
      • Interpret and critically assess the role of intellectual property rights, bioethics and enterprise in translational research.
      • Recognise the role of communicating scientific information to the public and its effect on public engagement and scientific policy.
      • Develop and apply scientific and professional skills to enhance employment opportunities along with a demonstrated knowledge of the diverse employment opportunities within the biomolecular sciences.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module introduces the processes involved in maintaining genome stability, causing genome variability and controlling the coding potential of the genome. Mutation, recombination and transposition, and the interplay between them, are examined as causes of genome instability. The two main themes of the module are the impact of genome instability/change upon gene expression, and its control. An introduction to bioinformatics and sequence analysis with the use of sequence databases and analysis tools permits the analysis of gene/genome variability with an introduction to the importance of bioscience research, including molecular diagnostics and drug development.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Describe the processes by which genetic information may be altered, including by mutation, recombination and transposition.
      • Discuss and explain the regulation of gene expression.
      • Demonstrate practical skills involved in the investigation of the genome and analysis of the regulation of gene expression.
      • Identify and discuss basic bioinformatics databases, including their structures, properties and relationships.
      • Critically evaluate the key techniques used to search databases, to carry out pairwise and multiple sequence alignment and to predict protein or gene structure.
      • Demonstrate appropriate IT skills to enable students to research the theoretical aspects of the module.
      • Produce detailed, coherent, scientific reports.

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    • Choose one from:

      • Brain and Behaviour
      • Current Concepts in Forensic Biology
       
     

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