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Bioscience BSc (Hons)

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Overview

BSc (Hons) Bioscience makes sure that you develop all of the fundamental knowledge of scientific processes and procedures, current scientific research and innovation, and up-to-the-minute laboratory techniques alongside your chosen specialism.

6 reasons to study here

Industry relevant: Develop a broad range of skills to provide the widest career options in the field of biosciences.
Recognised research quality: No.2 London modern university for research quality in Biological Sciences. (Complete University Guide league table, 2018)
Great teaching: Staff members are experts in their respective fields.
Dedicated facilities: We have invested heavily in new equipment so that our mix of multi-purpose and specialist laboratories offers you the space and latest equipment for analysis and research.
Work experience: You have the opportunity of working on an industrial placement.
Strong alumni network: Become part of an 80,000-strong LSBU alumni network.

This degree course covers...

This course allows you to specialise in your second and third years, especially in your choice of final year units and project. Research interests include:

  • human and clinical nutrition
  • Healthy ageing
  • Neurophysiology of movement
  • Assistive technologies in ageing and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Food microbiology
  • Cell biology and immunology
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework and examinations (57% assessed by coursework).

Year 1

  • Biology of the cell
    This is an introductory module providing a foundation for further studies in all areas of biology and biosciences. You'll be introduced to the cellular organisation of living organisms and you'll explore the organisation and functions of eukaryotic cells. You'll focus on the regulation of cellular homeostasis and metabolism, including the flow of energy and genetic information, cell death, renewal and differentiation and their relation to human health and disease. In addition, you'll be introduced to current research approaches and methods for studying cells and manipulating genes. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Physiology and anatomy
    This module will develop your knowledge and understanding in anatomical language and human anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the physical and chemical principles that underlie physiological functions and metabolic processes. The concept of integration and control in physiology will be developed, beginning with the study of cell membrane function and leading to an appreciation of human physiology through an understanding of systems. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Nutrition, health and disease
    This module will familiarise you with the fundamental principles of human nutrition as a multidisciplinary perspective relating to human health and well-being. You'll explore key concepts of nutritional requirements, food chemistry, macro and micro-nutrient functions. You'll also explore the relationship of diet to health, with special reference to over and under nutrition states. You'll examine dietary recommendations for the maintenance of health and well-being, and you'll consider the assessment of food intake in this context. You'' review the factors determining food choice, and you'll explore the role of nutrition in the context of physical activity. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Scientific skills 
    This module will provide you with a foundation for the study of science at undergraduate level. The basis for the module will be the context, planning and execution of experimental work, along with analysis and presentation of experimental data. A substantial component of study will involve activities in effective written communication and the writing of laboratory reports in particular. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Numerical methods for Bioscientists
    This module introduces one of the central principles of biosciences, that of quantitative measurements, their interpretation and analysis. The emphasis of this module is based around understanding the measurement process, the significance of the measurement units and the mathematical manipulation of the data obtained to produce results of use to the analyst. You'll develop the relevant mathematical skills needed to achieve this in conjunction with the introduction to selected analytical data processing software. The data will be derived from a variety of human, microbial and epidemiological experimental settings. On completion of this module you'll have gained knowledge of the main basic mathematical concepts and the use of software in the treatment and interpretation of the measured data. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • An option from a specialist path across the Applied Sciences area, including food, nutrition, sport, biomechanics, psychology and forensics

Year 2

  • Research methods
    This module is intended to develop your understanding of the research process in the area of applied human sciences. It will provide you with knowledge about main research principles and methodologies for data collection and analysis. You'll gain practical experience in developing a research proposal and analysing data with parametric and non-parametric statistical methods, using both MS Excel and IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Disease and immunity
    This module looks at various types of disease, including Infectious, congenital (genetic and acquired), degenerative, metabolic (endocrine and nutritional), immunological (auto immune, allergic, inflammatory) and nepotistic. The module also covers the basics of the immune system and diagnosis and therapy. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Physics for life
    This module will teach you concepts and laws of physics that are fundamental for the understanding of human body systems. The module will also look at how these concepts and laws can be applied to develop medical technologies to examine and diagnose the function and disease of human body. Topics covered in this module include force, material, fluid, sound, electricity, optics, and radiation. The teaching of each topic will first be delivered through lectures to provide you with a firm understanding of the theory. Practical laboratory sessions will then be used to consolidate your understanding of the theories, and also to develop your ability and skills to apply these theories. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Human nutrition
    The science of human nutrition is a rapidly evolving discipline. This module will consolidate and expand on introductory concepts from Level 4. The breadth of the subject will be explored including perspectives from physiology, cell biology, epidemiology and public health. Applied aspects of the area will be introduced and the human being as the central subject emphasised. You'll foster an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of nutrition and gain practical experience of assessing nutritional status. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Two options from specialist paths

Year 3

  • Project
    This project is an extended piece of work that requires you to undertake a piece of independent scientific research. The project is primarily a laboratory or fieldwork-based investigation. You'll be expected to manage your own research activity with tutorial support from your research supervisor. You'll use a project book as a contemporaneous record of research, and you'll be presenting your findings in form of a scientific paper that is assessed and subjected to a presentation and examination. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Aetiology of disease
    People are all prone to a huge range of disease states. Many are very rare, but others are extremely common and so are leading causes of death and suffering to humans. This module will describe and evaluate a range of common diseases and their treatment options and outcomes. The first half of the module will focus on infectious disease as caused by representative pathogens (bacterial, viral, protozoal and metazoan parasites). You'll critically analyse old and new infectious diseases in the light of modern developments in molecular microbiology. The organisation and running of a clinical laboratory will be described. A series of practicals will isolate and identify and serotype a food poisoning microbe. In the second half of the module the emphasis will shift to non infectious (neoplastic, autoimmune and hereditary) diseases, since these are the major causes of morbidity and mortality in Western populations. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Current perspectives in biosciences
    This module will take a critical look at science, its past, present and future, and will examine how it relates to the society it serves and how it's perceived by scientists and non-scientists alike. The module will explore the links between pure science and applied science that give rise to technological advances. It will also consider science as culture, and will explore the way in which science is communicated and featured in the cultural life of nations. The ethical dimension of scientific endeavours will also be examined, along with the importance of professionalism within the scientific community. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Two options from specialist paths

Employability

This course will prepare you for the rapidly expanding biosciences industries in fields such as, public health, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, pathology, healthcare, food production, and environmental issues. 

The course offers the broadest skillset of all our applied biosciences courses. If you choose to take the (optional) sandwich year, where you gain industrial/research experience, your employment prospects will improve further.

I have nothing but praise for the lecturers on my course; they are very supportive and help me whenever I need further explanation on a topic.

Dennis Watson, Alumnus, BSc Bioscience

Graduate success stories

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto roles in medical and technical product sales, quality control, the pharmaceutical industry, medical writing and teaching.

Continuing to postgraduate studies

Graduates would also be eligible to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including our PhD/MPhil Research Opportunities. The academic strength of this course means that you can also consider entering the field of academic research. Alumni from this course have secured pure research positions (in Universities and Research Institutions) and applied research roles (in the biological-based industries).

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

In the third year you'll have the opportunity of working on an industrial placement, where you can start to put your newly acquired skills into practice. This is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment. The (optional) sandwich year in industry will enhance your career prospects and confidence. Many students get their first job offers through this training year.

Staff

Dr Christopher Brock

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Food Sciences (including the National Bakery School)
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Brock is experienced in the management and economic development of the food, drink and other industry sectors.


Dr Adam Cunliffe

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Food Sciences (including the National Bakery School)
Job title: Associate Professor

Adam is a registered nutritionist with a background in physiology and clinical nutrition.


Dr Jin Luo

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor in Medical Technology

Dr Luo specialises in biomechanics. His research interest is on the development of new technologies to promote healthy ageing and to treat ageing-related musculoskeletal disorders.


Mandy Maidment

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Food Sciences (including the National Bakery School)
Job title: Associate Professor; Academic Director for Collaborative Partnerships; Head of Division of Food Sciences

Mandy Maidment is a practising food microbiologist and leads the Food Science Division.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a passionate advocate of knowledge transfer.


Dr Katya Mileva

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor; Director of the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre

Katya's main research focuses on the neurophysiology of movement with particular emphasis on the neuromuscular and cardiovascular effects of physical activity and agents, as well as on electrophysiological signal processing.


Dr Vadim Taraban

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
Job title: Course Director, BSc (Hons) Biosciences

With a background in clinical and experimental immunology, Vadim is particularly interested in the regulation of lymphocyte activation and the initiation of antigen-specific immune responses.


Facilities

As a student here you'll learn to solve real-life problems by integrating fundamental knowledge with the practical and social dimensions of science. We have invested heavily in new equipment so that our mix of multi-purpose and specialist laboratories offers you the space and latest equipment for analysis and research. 

You'll have the opportunity to use all the instrumentation you would expect to find in a modern analytical laboratory as well-equipped food laboratories, with facilities for product development and testing.

Teaching and learning

We make extensive use of a Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) to support student teaching, learning and assessment. Personal tutoring support is an integral part of the course. We also offer extra support, in the form of extra clinics outside of lecture and tutorial sessions. There is a strong focus on the practical applications of knowledge, supported by hands-on laboratory exercises. A mix of assessment methods is employed in modules and across course.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Time spent in lectures, seminars and lab-based study Self-directed learning
Year 1 33% 67%
Year 2 28% 72%
Year 3 23% 77%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level CCD including two Science subjects or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Merits and 6 Passes including 12 credits in Science related subjects or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 96 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
C110
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
C110
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 2172Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £37500
International (including any optional years) £37500

The individual Tuition Fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. The majority of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our National Scholarship Programme (NSP). The NSP features 100 full scholarships that exempt students from all Tuition Fees, and there are many more partial scholarships. Find out more about scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Olivia Jayne Kemp, alumna, BSc (Hons) Bioscience

    Olivia Jayne Kemp, alumna, BSc (Hons) Bioscience

    Olivia Jayne Kemp is studying BSc (Hons) Bioscience with the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University (LSBU).

  • Tina Wright, BSc (Hons) Biosciences

    Tina Wright, BSc (Hons) Biosciences

    Tina Wright made the most of studying Biosciences, and now she's looking forward to starting her Masters this year.

  • Instron Food Materials Testing Machine

    Instron Food Materials Testing Machine

    A key machine of the food industry, Instron is a materials testing instrument. Manufactured in Britain, the machine evaluates the mechanical properties of materials and components using tension, compression, flexible, fatigue, impact, torsion and hardness tests.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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