Biology (Joint Honours)
What is Joint Honours?
With joint honours, you can study for an honours degree in two or even three subjects. Find out more about joint honours.
Why choose this course?
- You'll be taught by a teaching team who are recognised nationally and internationally for their high quality research and teaching. This means that you'll be taught about the latest developments in biology.
- Our teaching has been rated as 'excellent' in recent quality inspections, so you can be sure you'll receive a high standard of teaching.
- You'll get the chance to participate in lots of practical work in our laboratories, and also enjoy fieldtrips in the UK and abroad. This will help you to put the theory you learn into practice.
- You'll undertake a major research project in your final year to develop your practical knowledge and skills further in an area of your choice.
- We work closely with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and they provide access to their reserves which you'll use as part of field trips. You will also be able to undertake projects with the trust for your independent study module and on a voluntary basis if you wish to.
- You can combine this course with a wide range of other subjects in the joint honours scheme, including Zoology, Environmental Hazards, Geography, Criminology and Education Studies. This means you can gain a range of skills and knowledge that will appeal to potential employers.
UCAS code: Y002
Start date: September
Course length: full time: three years, part time: up to six years
Campus: Kedleston Road, Derby
This course is available to international students
Biology is constantly evolving. You'll learn about traditional topics, such as human biology, genetics, evolution and ecology, and current issues including the human genome and its impact on drug development and cancer therapies. Most of our teaching team are active members in our Biological Sciences Research Group, so you will be studying an up-to-date course which is informed by research.
The dynamic and exciting nature of Biology is reflected in our modules, many of which are supported by active research and visiting specialists, providing you with up-to-the-minute information of key topics. Three broad themes have been identified: Whole Organism, Molecular and Cellular and Environmental/Ecological Biology, each reinforcing the concepts and skills of a professional biologist.
Programme Leader Graham Rowe talks about studying Biology at Derby
We offer a wide range of optional modules to allow you to tailor your degree to your own interests and career aspirations. Our programmes have been designed to meet subject standards, student interests and the needs of employers.
Visit our Biological Sciences website
Biology, Zoology and Forensics masterclass
We invited back some of successful graduates, including BBC Producer Kathryn Jeffs to talk to our current biology, zoology and forensics students about life after graduation. View more on the masterclass.
We're very proud to announce our successful submission to the Biological Sciences Unit into the UK Government's Research Assessment Exercise 2008.
The results show that, although The Biological Sciences Research Group is relatively small, our research work is of significant quality. It should also be noted that Derby was the only post 1992 University in this region which made a successful submission Biological Sciences Unit of Assessment.
For more information see RAE 2008.
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You'll study a selection of these modules:
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Human Biology
- Evolution of Life
- Invasion of the Land
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- Evolutionary and Forensic Genetics
- Rainforests, Deserts and Oceans
- Biological Basis of Animal Behaviour
- Human Physiology and Disease
- The Cell
- Developmental Biology
You'll study a selection of these modules:
Our entry requirements are usually 220-300 UCAS points, of which at least 200-240 will be from your core A2s (full A levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc. including Grade C at Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science or a Science related BTEC/Access Diploma.
We'll accept up to 60 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS levels (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project or Music qualifications.
We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.
We also accept the Access to HE Diploma.
Your points at level 3 will be in addition to 5 GCSEs at grade C or equivalent level 2 qualifications.
The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.
- Full time students should apply for this course through UCAS.
- Part time students should apply directly to the University.
- If you want to start in September, you usually need to apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Information for international applicants
Fees for 2013/14
This is a resource intensive course.
- If you combine this subject with a classroom based subject it will cost £7,700 per year.
- If you combine this subject with another resource intensive subject it will cost £8,250 per year.
- If you combine this subject with a classroom based subject it will cost £965 per module, (you'll usually take 18 of these in total).
- If you combine this subject with another resource intensive subject it will cost £1,030 per module, (you'll usually take 18 of these in total).
- If you combine this subject with a classroom based subject it will cost £9,945 per year.
- If you combine this subject with another resource intensive subject or a specialist subject it will cost £10,225 per year.
*These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2013 and August 2014. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.
You will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars and e-learning, which are supported by hands-on laboratory practicals. There are also opportunities to go on fieldtrips, from days out in Derbyshire, Kew Gardens and Twycross Zoo to a residential in the Mediterranean. Our variety of teaching methods help you to show your individual strengths and enhance your understanding.
How you're assessed
You will be assessed using a range of written assignments including portfolios, practical and fieldtrip write-ups and data analysis, but we also use computer-based assessments, poster presentations and seminar presentations. Your choice of modules and independent research-based study also allows you to specialise further. Biology can be offered as either a minor, joint or major degree programme.
Our graduates go into careers such as applied research, medical laboratory work, wildlife conservation, scientific sales, the media or management. Others become teachers after completing a postgraduate teaching course or go on to further study, such a veterinary and medical qualifications, or a masters degree such as our MSc Conservation Biology.
Between stages two and three you can apply to work in industry. This will not only strengthen your CV and boost your employability, but it will also enhance your final stage of study as you apply your knowledge and experiences to your independent study.
Louise Needham, current student
"I am taught by enthusiastic lectures and the course has given me a breadth of knowledge in areas such as genetics, ecology and human biology."