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Bioscience BSc (Hons)

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Overview

Proven success

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.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

Why Bioscience at LSBU?

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 offer 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.
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.

Employability Service

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

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

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 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.


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 as equipped food laboratories, with facilities for product development and testing.

Find out more about our facilities.

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 the 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%

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.  

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have a scheduled appointment with your personal tutor in your first semester. From here you will agree how to keep in touch and how often to meet throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email

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

Apply now for a full-time course starting this September through Clearing.

Call 0800 923 8888 to speak to one of our dedicated Clearing advisors who’ll take you through your application or DM us on social media. We're open 7am – midnight on 16 August and 7am – 7pm on 17 August.

You can also speak to us in person at one of our clearing application sessions.

If you’re applying for a health and social care course use our online application service.

For more information visit our Clearing page.

Part-time course

Please follow the instructions on the table below to apply for a part-time course.

International students

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

2019 entry

International students

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

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
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) £39375
International (including any optional years) £39375

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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