School of Biosciences

Biology – course outline


The Biology degree programme allows you to investigate a variety of life forms ranging from simple viruses to bacteria and more complex animals and plants. Your first year modules will provide a broad survey of the various biological disciplines including cell and molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry and physiology of animals and plants. In subsequent years these are integrated and developed further in the study of gene regulation, development, the regulation of metabolism and human health and disease. In the final year your choice of option modules and topics courses will allow you to study some of these areas in greater detail.




Stage 1
Stage 1 is the first year of your degree programme. All the core material is presented using lectures, supervisions, assignments and laboratory classes.

The core modules are:

  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Enzymes and Introduction to Metabolism
  • Plant and Animal Form and Function
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Skills for Bioscientists.
  • The Microbial World
  • Human Physiology and Disease

Plus one option from

  • Chemistry for Biologists
  • Fundamental Human Biology*
  • Fundamental Chemistry for Chemists and Bioscientists #
  • General and Biological Psychology
  • Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry

* Students without a pass in A level Biology or equivalent must take this module.
# A level Chemistry required.

Stage 2
Stage 2 is the second year of your degree programme. All modules are core:
  • Catabolic and Biosynthetic Processes of Life
  • Gene Expression and its Control
  • Skills for Biologists II
  • Cell Biology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Classification of Living Organisms
  • Developmental Biology
  • Physiology
Stage 3
Stage 3 is the final year of your degree programme

The core modules are:

  • Research project (double module)
  • Research Skills for Biologists
  • Biological Anthropology - The Human Animal
  • Physiology of Microorganisms, Animals and Plants

Plus one option from the selection below:

  • Integrated Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Biological Membranes
  • Pathogens and Pathogenicity
  • Advanced Immunology
  • New Enterprise Start-up
  • Biological Anthropology - Comparative Perspectives

Download PDFs: Subject leaflet (814KB) or view the prospectus.

The Biology degree programme may also be taken with a Sandwich Year. This year away occurs between the second and third years of study and is suitable for students who achieve a good level of attainment at Stage 1 and who wish to experience biology in a working environment.


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School of Biosciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NJ

Last Updated: 11/10/2012