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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-112* (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

You can also study Biology as a single honours subject.

Our Biology Joint Honours programme has been designed to capture the aspirations of students, reflect the needs of employers and meet high professional standards. 

In-depth knowledge, latest insights

The dynamic and exciting nature of biology is reflected throughout this course. Depending on your module selection you will learn about traditional topics such as human biology, genetics, evolution and ecology. As biology is constantly evolving, you may also get the chance to explore current issues such as the human genome and its impact on drug development and cancer therapies.

Overall, we cover three broad themes – whole organism; molecular and cellular; and environmental/ecological biology. For each of these, we reinforce the concepts and skills that the professional biologist needs.   ­

We offer a wide range of optional modules so that you can match your degree to your own interests and career ambitions. The number of options you take will depend on whether you select Biology as a major, joint or minor subject. In your final year, you will also have the opportunity to conduct a major research project into an area of your choice.

Impressive laboratories

You can strengthen your practical skills in our newly-upgraded learning facilities.  They include high-specification laboratories with modern instrumentation, a glasshouse with plants from diverse habitats, an aquatic research facility and an insectory housing many different species. We have also opened a student research laboratory which gives you a dedicated space for your independent study project.

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Hands-on experience

Your studies won’t be confined to the laboratory. Fieldtrips are an essential part of the course to enhance your understanding of the natural environment. We are constantly broadening the range of opportunities we offer to our students.

Recent examples include visits to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Twycross Zoo, and various locations in Derbyshire. We work closely with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust who provide access to their reserves for our students. You can also undertake projects for the Trust as part of your independent study module or on a voluntary basis.

Building on our strong partnerships with employers, we encourage you to go on a work placement as part of your studies. If you choose our dedicated vocational module, you will have the chance to apply your learning in a work setting. Such experience will add a new dimension to your CV and extend your professional networks.    

Inspirational research

You will be taught by a highly qualified team who are supportive, friendly and approachable – keen to pass their knowledge on to you. They include active international researchers whose work is shaping debates in areas including ecology, entomology and biodiversity. You will also benefit from the expertise of visiting specialists. 

Our researchers work with high-profile collaborative partners, publish influential papers, speak at global conferences, serve on the editorial boards of scientific journals and are in demand as media commentators.

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What you will study

We offer a wide range of modules to allow you to tailor your degree to your own interests and career aspirations.

Depending on your other Joint Honours subjects, you may not be able to take some of the below modules. This module information is offered as a guide to show the range of modules that are on offer for our Joint Honours students. Additionally, some modules may be prescribed to ensure you get the correct science knowledge before you proceed to the next stage. 

The number of options you will study in stages two and three will depend on whether you select Biology as a major, joint, or minor subject. 

You will study a selection of modules, such as:

  • Induction Module
  • Human Biology
  • Evolution of Life
  • Ecology
  • Chemistry of Life
  • Invasion of the Land
  • Genetics
  • Research Methods
  • Rainforests, Deserts and Oceans
  • Human Physiology and Disease
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biological Basis of Animal Behaviour
  • Human Reproduction
  • The Cell
  • Independenet Research and Professional Development
  • Independent Studies in Conservation, Biology and Ecosystems
  • The Human Genome
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Habitat Management
  • Ecological Consultancy
  • Vocational Module (Work Placement)
  • Oncology and Immunology
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Science Communication

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.

How you will learn

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, such as days out in Derbyshire, Kew Gardens, and Twycross Zoo. We champion a variety of teaching methods to help you discover 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.

Facilities

We've recently upgraded our facilities to make sure you have a fantastic learning experience. Our laboratories, insectory, and glasshouse have all been modernised, and we now have a new student research laboratory and aquatic research facility. 

Fieldtrips

Dependent on your module selection, you will have the opportunity to take part in a broad range of fieldtrips throughout this course, such as day trips to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew to investigate plant adaptation. We feel that fieldwork is essential to the study of Biology, especially as it enables you to explore natural environments outside of a laboratory.

Work placements 

Placements allow you to develop the skills you learn in University and apply them to real world situations. This is something which potential employers are always looking for. We encourage you to gain experience with potential employers as part of a dedicated vocational module, which you can choose to take.

Our research

Our teaching team are active researchers with broad-based and interdisciplinary research interests in areas including ecology, entomology, and biodiversity. Researchers work closely with a wide range of collaborative partners, and their excellent work directly enhances our courses.

Learn more about our Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science at A-level, or Science related BTEC/Access Diploma (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science at A-level, or Science related BTEC/Access Diploma (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£12,500 per year

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How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

By studying Biology as a Joint Honours subject, you will open up even more potential career routes once you graduate and will have a strong portfolio of transferable skills to impress potential employers.

Our students have gone on to success in applied research, medical laboratory work, wildlife conservation, scientific sales, the media and management – to name but a few areas. 

Others become teachers after completing postgraduate training or progress to further study, including veterinary and medical qualifications. You could also consider our highly regarded masters degree – the MSc Conservation Biology.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Dr Nel Beaumont (Programme Leader) E.Beaumont@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591156 
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generaljointhonours@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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