Our Biological Sciences degree has the flexibility to keep your studies broad or to specialise. By introducing a diverse range of topics in first year we allow you to discover what interests you. In years 2 and 3 you continue with your studies in greater depth and begin to specialise. Through research and practical work our staff will help to immerse you in the subject.
As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.
- Cell Biology and Genetics
- The Practising Scientist
Optional modules (Alternative Compulsory Modules)
- Introduction to Biochemistry A
- Introduction to Biochemistry B
- Field course: Identification and methods
Year 2 and final year
- Molecular biology
- Cell biology
- Career development
- Interrogating genomes
- Research Project
- Professional skills and techniques
- Data carpentry
- Animal behaviour
- Animal developmental biology
- The green planet
- Biochemistry of cell function
- Special study in life sciences
- Advanced genetics and genomics
- Advanced cell biology and bio-imaging
- Animal neurobiology and behaviour
- Evolution and animal development
- Molecular biology of cancer
- Science and humanity
- Work experience
- Independent study in life sciences
We encourage our students to undertake a work placement, with the experience giving you a competitive edge when you apply for jobs. The course has two optional work experience options.
Work experience module
On the 'Work Experience' module you will spend at least 115 hours in a working environment relevant to your subject. This is equal to 3 weeks full time work. The module involves reflecting on your interests and career aspirations. By approaching potential employers about opportunities in their organisations you can enhance your employability.
Although it is your responsibility to secure your work experience there's lots of support available. Your subject lead, academic advisor or dissertation supervisor all have a wide range of contacts with a range of suitable organisations.
An Industrial Placement helps you get experience of applying science in a practical environment. You will develop practical skills that enhance your employability. On placement you gain an insight into various aspects of working in a scientific environment.
Although it is your responsibility to secure your placement our team will do everything we can to assist you. We can suggest suitable employers through our network of industry contacts. You should look carefully into the financing of placements but this is something we will guide you through every step of the way.
At the end of your first year there is a field course module in southern France. You can experience one week of field study in the Cevennes region. This area is known for its rich natural history, habitat and landscape diversity. The field work allows you to broaden your UK experiences by encountering unfamiliar plants and animals. As the field trip is an alternative compulsory module the cost is covered within the course fees. Depending on your choice of modules there will be other half-day visits and these are at no extra cost.
Great opportunities to study or work abroad
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange
while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.
Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you
are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will have the opportunity to study for comparable
courses, allowing you to gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is
available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international
programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which
gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying
abroad and exchanges.
This is an optional part of the course so any costs e.g travel,living
expenses associated with it are not covered in your tuition fees which
does cover tuition at the exchange institution.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Most of our modules include lectures and laboratory- or field-based practicals. There are on average 20 hours of lectures and 12 hours of practicals per single-credit module (which equals 150 hours of student effort). This represents a minimum of 12 hours contact per week.
You will need to buy some basic personal protection equipment for laboratory practicals (lab coat, safety glasses), at a cost of around £25.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes