BSc in Biological Sciences with Professional Studies
Queen's University of Belfast - Medical Faculty
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Biological Sciences encompasses many aspects of the biosciences, from molecular biology through to whole organisms and ecosystems, and includes exploration of:
- Biological diversity, systematics, and conservation
- Cell and tissue structure, function, and physiology
- Ecology and behavior
- Form and function of microorganisms, protists, fungi, plants, and animals
- Genetics and mechanisms and pathways of evolution
Programs with Professional studies undertake a 46-week work placement between stages 2 and 3
In BSc Biological Sciences with Professional Studies, students will gain core technical skills, subject-specific practical laboratory- / field-based skills, and employer-directed skills to help them investigate and manipulate biological material including relevant physical, chemical, and biological measurements and their application in a laboratory, field, and research project setting. During the final year project, students will have access to cutting-edge research facilities across the molecular and ecological disciplines. Additional skills achieved include Collation, quantitative analysis, and interpretation of experimental data, including problem-solving; communication and application of knowledge; the use of computers for data management and presentations, and the development of intellectual, personal, and team skills for employment and further study.
Biological Sciences With Professional Studies Degree Highlights
The 46-week placement develops employer-orientated skills, providing confidence in ability and aptitude, and raising ambition.
- Royal Society of Biology
- This course has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This highlights the academic quality of the course and recognizes the course in enabling graduates to meet the needs of the employer through the development of technical and transferable skills.
- The embedded 46 work placement in this degree program provides students with the opportunity to utilize the practical, transferable, and professional skills gained during the teaching of their degree and apply these in a work environment. In previous years, students have gained placements with organizations such as Almac Pharma Services, Norbrook Laboratories, Warner Chilcott, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Belfast Zoo, the National Trust, Atlantic Whale Foundation, and the RSPB. In addition, students can avail of opportunities to undertake short summer placements abroad through programs such as IAESTE, Operation Wallacea, and Frontier.
- Final-year research projects allow students to gain considerable research experience in one of the research laboratories at Queen’s University Belfast. Working alongside world-leading researchers enriches the student's experience and assists them in pursuing a career in academia or research.
Scholarships and Funding
We offer prestigious, competitive scholarships of up to 50% off tuition fees to new international students. You must have an offer to study a full-time course with us in 2023 to apply for a scholarship. Find out more by contacting the university.
Biological Sciences graduates tackle worldwide problems such as climate change, food supply and security, biodiversity loss, and global health issues. Students in this program will complete a set of core compulsory modules at stages 1 and 2 and will select from a range of optional modules at stages 2 and 3. All students will undertake a compulsory Research Project module at stage 3 which can be lab- or field-based. Students will also complete a 46-week work placement to develop the core skills and employment-related experiences valued by employers.
At this stage students enrolled in the Biological Sciences can move into a specialist degree option (Marine Biology, Zoology, Microbiology), or remain on the Biological Sciences pathway to retain breadth in their studies.
Throughout stages 1 and 2 practical classes in Biological Sciences reinforce and complement theory in the biosciences, providing students with a solid foundation on which to build for stage 3.
Biological Sciences with Professional Studies students complete a compulsory 46-week, degree-related work placement between stages 2 and 3
During stage 3, students in Biological Sciences take a two-module research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. The research project generally involves practical work carried out in the field and/or laboratory.
All students will spend a minimum of 46 weeks in a work placement during which they will carry out some project-type work. Students will begin preparations for the placement in the first semester of Stage 2 and the placement will be assessed within the module Professional Studies.
Program Tuition Fee
A degree in biosciences opens the door to a wide range of careers. Our graduates are employed in organizations working within research and development, environmental monitoring and management, water quality management, animal welfare, academic research, the agri-food industries, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, teaching and education, and science communication. Employment in these areas is critical to address global problems such as climate change, food supply and security, biodiversity loss, antibiotic resistance, and global health issues.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports, and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognized by a world-leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.