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Are you fascinated by the scientific study of living organisms, their structure and how they survive in different habitats? This complex and enthralling area of science defines our very existence, therefore the industry demands scientists who are at the forefront of modern technology and the latest scientific discoveries.

By studying our well-established BSc Biology course, you can develop the broad foundation of knowledge and solid practical experience that is required to start an exciting scientific career.

Based in our state-of-the-art laboratories at the Pontypridd Campus, you’ll study a wide range of stimulating topics. The acquisition of theory will be complemented by the practical application of skills on field courses, which take place at locations throughout the UK and abroad (additional costs apply to overseas field courses).

Feed your curiosity and discover more at the University of South Wales.

This course is recognised by the Society of Biology, which ensures that graduates automatically fulfil the educational requirements for Associate Membership (AMSB) of the Society


Titulo de Bachillerato or the Selectividad with an average mark of 6.
Curso de Orientación Universitaria (COU) with an average mark of 6.
Técnico Especialista (Formación Profesional – segundo grado).
Ingeniero Técnico (from Escuela de Ingeniero Técnico).
Diplomado / Diplomatura.
English language qualifications:

GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score for Undergraduate of 80 IBT
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 169 with at least 162 in each component ; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE II Distinction or ISE III Pass for undergraduate courses
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests, in some cases, we may also be able to accept the communicator level (B2)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 51 points in each element for the majority of undergraduate programmes
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.



First Year

Experimental Design and Data Manipulation
Introduction to Microbiology
Biological Chemistry
Diversity of Life I
Diversity of Life II
Introduction to Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Second Year

Vertebrate Zoology
Comparative Physiology
Medical Microbiology
Human Genetics
Second Year Optional modules:

Tropical Field Ecology
Behavioural Ecology
European Wildlife Assessment
Environmental Modeling for Wildlife Managment
Third Year

Project, or
Science Education in Schools and Scientific Literature Review
Third Year Optional modules:

Tropical Medicine
Biological Anthropology
Clinical and Molecular Immunology
Marine and Freshwater Biology
Ecological Interactions
Communities, Agriculture and Biotechnology
Learning and teaching methods
We teach using a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, practicals, and UK field trips. You will also need to spend a significant amount of time on background reading, writing practical reports or assignments. Attendance at a residential field course is a compulsory part of some modules. Optional overseas field courses, in countries like Honduras, Malaysia or Cuba, help develop practical experience and understanding of tropical ecology and are run in the second year (additional costs apply).

During the final year of your biology degree, you will conduct an in-depth research project on a specific topic, under the supervision of a member of staff. Alternatively for those interested in a teaching career, there is an opportunity to undertake a placement in a local school. There are also opportunities for training in scuba diving and other field-based activities (additional costs apply).

Salidas profesionales

There is high demand for science graduates and graduates of our biology degree have found employment in a range of fields, including environmental consultancy, hospital laboratories, the food and drink industry, and teaching. Many biology undergraduates progress to a postgraduate biology degree or science degree.

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