University of Portsmouth

BSc (Hons) Biology

Biologists protect the future. On this accredited BSc (Hons) Biology degree, you’ll discover how biology helps safeguard endangered species and fight disease, and get the skills you need to turn your curiosity and love of nature into a career that matters.

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, so you can apply for Associate Membership after graduation.

You’ll start the course with key biological theories, then choose from a wide range of options to move on to specialist areas like ecology, cell biology or biotechnology. You’ll put your knowledge to work in our genetics and microbiology labs or our research greenhouse, using the same equipment as professional biologists.

You’ll get out in the field on trips to assess the biodiversity in locations in the UK (e.g. Devon) and overseas (e.g. Mexico). In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate a research question for your honours project. 

After graduation, you’ll have the practical skills needed to work in roles across research, biotech, education and journalism.

Entry Requirements

A levels – ABB–BBB
UCAS points – 120–128 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from A level Biology. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement (calculate your UCAS points)
BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
International Baccalaureate – 27

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Completing this BSc (Hons) Biology degree course will open doors to further study and academic research. As a modern biologist, you can also put your degree to work in areas such as:

  • biotechnology
  • the food industry
  • science administration
  • biomedical research
  • environmental consultancy
  • teaching 

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • research scientist
  • science technician
  • grant administrator
  • medical writer
  • biomedical sales specialist
  • ecological surveyor

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Experimental Biology
Biodiversity and Evolution
Ecology, Plants and Human Impact
Introduction to Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Graduate skills 1

Year 2

Research skills in biology
Optional modules
-Animal Science
-Business for Biosciences
-Cell Biology
-Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
-Development: How Form and Function Changes
-Enzymes and Metabolism
-Hydrology and Freshwater Ecosystems
-Introduction to Teaching
-Marine Organisms and Ecosystems
-Plant Science

Year 3

Honours Project
Optional modules
-Aspects of Terrestrial Ecology and Evolution
-Biotechnology ­
-Environmental Microbiology
-Gene Organisation and Expression
-Genes and Development
-Genomics in Molecular Medicine
-Marine Ecology and Conservation

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