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Life Sciences BSc

Course code

LF01

LF02 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

UK / EU:  £9,250

International:  £18,720

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDD (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

Life sciences are at the forefront of modern science. With this degree you’ll have a mix of skills, in areas chosen by you, across a range of science streams. Recent employment research from several Research Councils has highlighted the need for graduates to have interdisciplinary skills and the ability to use the latest analytical and computational techniques. At Brunel, we’ve responded to this research, and our programme is designed to get you job ready. An example of this is the computational data analysis option which gives you the skills increasingly required by employers.

You’ll choose from a wide range of science subjects including biological, environmental, psychological and sport sciences. You’ll learn computational and statistical data analysis and quantitative research giving you the skillsets to work with big data sets – a fundamental part of modern science. You can even opt for modules such as languages and creative writing. You’ll graduate with a unique set of skills so that you’ll be ready to enter the world of work with a competitive edge.

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Course content

In Level 1 you’ll learn a foundation of life sciences including biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, biological psychology and environmental sciences. You’ll learn practical and analytical skills.

In Level 2, you’ll choose your specialist subjects and learn these alongside a module of bioinformatics. You’re also able to broaden your knowledge by selecting non-science subjects.

In Level 3 you’ll choose your preferred subject to study as your major and your other as your minor. You’ll still have the option to choose a non-science module. You’ll develop a research project in your major subject. Through this you’ll learn to critically analyse, evaluate, interpret and communicate science in an interdisciplinary manner across the life sciences.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

 

Level 1

Compulsory
Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics
Biochemistry
Biosphere
Foundations of Psychology: Brain and Cognition
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Practical Research Skills
Quantitative Research Skills
Synoptic Assessment in Life Sciences 1: Teamwork and Presentation 

Level 2

Compulsory
Career Skills in Life Sciences
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Synoptic Assessment in Life Sciences 2: Interdisciplinary Literature Interrogation and Synthesis

Optional streams (students choose two from the allowed combinations)

Biochemistry

Metabolic Regulation
Analytical Biochemistry

Cell Biology

Molecular and Cellular Biology
Animal Development
Principles of Human Disease

Cognitive Neuroscience

Biological Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Developmental Psychology

Computational Data Analytics

Introductory Programming
Logic and Computation

Environmental Health

Ecosystem Stressors
Environmental Health

Evolution & Behaviour

Biological Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology

Genetics

Genetic Engineering
Molecular and Cellular Biology
History of Genetics

Infection and Immunity

Immunobiology
Medical Microbiology
Principles of Human Disease

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Theory and Application in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Biomechanics of Human Movement
Applying Sport Sciences to Practice
Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology 

Level 3

Compulsory
Final year research project
Synoptic Assessment in Life Sciences 3: Research Methods, Culture and Communication

Students take all study listed for their major stream and half of the study listed for their minor stream.

Biochemistry

Medical Biochemistry
Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology

Cell Biology (only available as a minor at L3)

Cellular Pathologies

Cognitive Neuroscience (any two from)

Practical Investigations of Mind and Brain
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness
Drugs, Hormones & the Brain

Computational Data Analytics

Algorithms and their Applications
Software Development and Management

Environmental Health

Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity
Health and Society

Evolution & Behaviour

Animal Behaviour
Evolutionary Psychology

Genetics

Gene Therapy
Genomic Medicine

Infection and Immunity

Medical Immunology
Microbial Pathogenesis

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Biomechanical Analysis Techniques
Physiology of the High Performance Athlete
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Applying Sport Sciences to Practice

Final year project

In your final year students will conduct an independent empirical research project under the supervision of an academic in the Department of Life Sciences. Final year projects are often the most fulfilling aspect of the course.

Projects may take a variety of forms (from lab-based research to complex data analysis), but will be related to the area of specialisation of a student’s Major Stream, and potentially also related to their future career plans. Your project experience is often what sets you apart as an individual and employers usually ask about your project in interviews.

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

You’ll graduate with a unique set of skills in communication, critical thinking, data analysis, experimental techniques, information technology, team working and time management all of which are highly valued in the job market. There will be a strong emphasis placed on your career throughout your course and you’ll learn about how your option choices will put you ahead when you’re pursuing a career.

Just some of the careers you may be interested in include working in life science industries, clinical genetics laboratories, clinical trials and the regulatory sector, in sales and marketing related to healthcare and diagnostic products, in diagnostic pathology and clinical laboratories, human performance laboratories, forensic laboratories, government or charity-funded research laboratories and institutes, in research and development for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, diagnostics, medical devices and laboratory instrumentation industries, and research laboratories in universities.

Further opportunities will exist in areas such as environmental regulation and monitoring, conservation, animal welfare. Alternatively, our graduates would also be well equipped to pursue many career options outside of science in business, finance and information technology, for example, in scientific journalism, in business administration as a management consultant or in finance and banking. Careers in the Public Sector would also be open to such graduates, such as in science teaching or in the civil service. Students who have specialised in a defined, interdisciplinary, scientific field may proceed to study at postgraduate level (master’s and PhD).  

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB, including a grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Maths, or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Applied Science.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD (all subjects accepted) with an A-level at grade B in either: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Maths or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with 2 A-levels at grade B, to include either: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Maths or Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access to Science, Biomedical Science, Medicine or Health and Human Science course, with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit or above in all units. All Biology and Chemistry units must be Distinctions at level 3.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language, Maths and one science subject.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£18,720 full-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll benefit from the expertise of our academics across the different subject areas. They are actively involved in a range of world-leading research. In biomedicine for example, our academics have been involved in making major advances and breakthroughs in human diseases and syndromes, in psychology they are involved in research activities that benefit society at large including projects within the NHS and charities and in sport, health and exercise sciences they have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work.

This means that our teaching is up-to-date and you’ll learn from scientists and experts who are current in their field. Whatever area of science you choose to study, you can be assured of learning from experts and specialists in that area.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed using a range of methods, including coursework assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and examinations.

 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.