BSc (Hons) Biology

  • Studying Abroad Option Available
  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply
  • Work Placement Opportunity
  • Fieldwork


UCAS Code:C100
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2018, September 2019
Department:Department of Biology
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC)
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  • Discover Biology’s contribution to modern society from cloning and gene therapy to pollution control and biodiversity conservation;
  • Carry out detailed fieldwork in the rich diversity of local habitats;
  • Benefit from dedicated practical laboratories and an optional work placement which will enhance your employability prospects.

Biologists are at the forefront of many exciting advances in the world, the subject being at the core of areas such as disease treatment, cloning, feeding a growing population, assessing health risks from foods or the impact of mankind on our environment. Your study will encompass the full range of life from molecules through to ecosystems and beyond. You will also develop knowledge of the classic areas of the subject and the many recent developments. In addition, you will gain an appreciation of the issues biological advances present to society and understand the scope and limitations of biological knowledge and techniques. Our degree combines technical, analytical and communication skills which make our graduates extremely employable.

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Dale Pendleton

    BSc (Hons) Biology
    I’ve also undertaken a work placement that Edge Hill arranged for me which really gave me an insight into life after graduation.
  • Elisha Peers

    BSc (Hons) Biology
    I am enjoying studying here so much and feel it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
  • Neil Bennett

    BSc (Hons) Biology
    The placement allowed me to hone my field survey skills and gain relevant knowledge in identifying some of the most threatened organisms, and why we need to protect their habitats.
  • David Goodson

    BSc (Hons) Biology
    I'd say that my Edge Hill experience has been life-changing, I never thought that my skills surrounding biology would develop to such a high standard within just three years.
  • Danielle Marsden

    BSc (Hons) Biology
    Biology at Edge Hill offered many module options, giving me lots of time to decide on exactly which path I wanted to follow within the subject, while still studying something I loved.
  • Claire Roberts

    BSc (Hons) Biology
    Being able to tailor the degree to my specific scientific interest has definitely been beneficial for my future plans.
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Department of Biology

Course in Depth

What will I study?

The degree encompasses the full breadth of the subject, spanning all levels of biological organisation from the molecular, cellular and organismal through to populations, communities and ecosystems.

You will have the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your interests by choosing modules from a number of distinct interlocking strands including evolution and genetics, human biology and disease, biodiversity and conservation.

Alongside other third year modules, your dissertation will help you develop and apply a range of research and transferable skills in the planning, execution and reporting of an individual research project, supported by a diverse team of researchers.

How will I study?

The programme has a strong practical base. Learning involves lectures, practical work, tutorials and fieldwork. The department has a wide range of practical facilities and we are keen to develop student skills in the areas of microscopy, microbiology and DNA technologies. The degree also involves a residential field course in Cyprus plus the option of other UK-based field courses.

Our optional second year placement module will provide a professional setting for a five-week period in which you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired from the course. The module is often used by students to gain experience in a branch of biology in which they are considering a career.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations tailored to suit the subject area of each module. An extremely wide range of coursework is employed which may include practical portfolios, specimen collections, project reports, field notebooks and website development, plus individual and group oral presentations.

Who will be teaching me?

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff take pride in the quality of their teaching. Their research activity means they keep up-to-date with current developments in their areas of interest and pass this knowledge onto their students.

The Biology department is friendly and approachable and of a size that enables us to know our students personally.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) BiologyEdge Hill University has over 25 years’ experience in delivering field biology degrees and has a wealth of experienced tutors, technical staff and field and laboratory equipment to support the study of biology on this programme.

Our Biosciences building incorporates impressive, modern laboratories, offering exciting and highly relevant practical experience in some of the best equipped facilities in the country. Resources include confocal, fluorescence and scanning electron microscopes, DNA extraction and analysis equipment, and climate controlled insectaries.

A number of the best nature reserves in the country are in close proximity to the campus. You will be taught within a short travelling distance of impressive field sites such as one of the finest saltmarsh and dune systems in Europe, restored mires of international importance, hay meadows and limestone woodlands. The University also has extensive grounds including meadows which serve as a useful area for demonstrating sampling techniques.

The Department of Biology is home to an active research culture. An extensive network of relationships has been established with relevant environmental organisations and other universities in the UK and overseas, ensuring a rich, diverse and rewarding student experience.


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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

SCI1107Biology in Practice (20 credits)

Biology in Practice looks at the nature of biological enquiry, the ways that biological knowledge develops, and the contribution biology makes to society. Part of this module will be delivered during a field trip to Cyprus (costs included in fees).

Assessment: Coursework: 55%, Practical(s): 45%.

You will select five of the following modules:

SCI1106Variation, Evolution and Heredity (20 credits)

Variation, Evolution and Heredity examines the molecular processes that cause genetic information held in DNA to be expressed in the form of proteins and how this in turn leads to variation in the phenotype. The module also studies how genetic information is passed on to the next generation. This is a fundamental feature of life and central to any understanding of biology. Moreover, molecular genetics concepts are central to a grasp of recent biomedical developments.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

SCI1108Cellular Form and Function (20 credits)

Cellular Form and Function provides an introduction to cellular physiology and biochemistry. Through a series of lectures you will examine the molecular components that determine the structure, biochemical nature and physiology of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Through a range of practical activities you will acquire skills in microscopy, staining and DNA extraction methods. The module is designed to help you understand biological phenomena at a variety of levels, from molecular through to whole organism.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI1112Ecology (20 credits)

Ecology introduces concepts fundamental to populations and communities using examples from across habitats and ecosystems. You will learn the basic skills required for employment and further ecological study including plant and animal identification, field surveying, microscopy, safe laboratory and field practice, and, data handling. Half and full-day field trips include sampling animals and plants to develop concepts such as energetics, food webs, limiting factors and ecosystem functioning. You will gain an appreciation of the application of the subject to environmental, medical and resource issues in real-world scenarios. By undertaking group work, such as a poster presentation, you will learn how to communicate scientific ideas to a non-specialised audience, while through reporting on field experiments you will learn how to handle and interpret data.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI1113Biodiversity (20 credits)

Biodiversity provides an overview of the diversity of life, the major taxonomical groups and their phylogenetic relationship. Sub-divided into distinctive microbial (i.e. viral, bacterial and archaeal), plant, fungal, and animal sections, the module covers key findings on the definition, the origin, and the evolution of life. You will develop a range of subject-specific and transferable skills to enhance your employability, including microscopy and slide preparation, as well as information retrieval.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

SCI1114Human Body Systems (20 credits)

Human Body Systems develops your knowledge of the structure and function of the human body and builds your understanding of the inter-relationship between the systems of the body in the context of human health and disease. The module begins by considering the earliest events of human life during fertilisation and embryogenesis. You will consider the interactions between each body system to maintain homeostasis, as well as the process of aging. For each system, including the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, nervous, digestive and skeletal systems, an introduction to relevant pathologies is also provided to enable you to fully appreciate the non-diseased state. There is considerable emphasis on laboratory-based activities, including molecular techniques, practical physiological investigations and dissections. This will develop your practical and investigational skills in determining how anatomical structure relates to function.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI1115Chemistry for Biologists (20 credits)

Chemistry for Biologists introduces the basics of chemistry, involving clear and lucid explanations of chemical concepts with a coherent problem solving approach. Building your understanding of the periodic table, atomic and molecular structures, pH, solutions, chemical reactions, model buildings and practical skills are the core elements of this module. The aim is to provide you with a toolkit of knowledge and practical skills within chemistry and linking to wider concepts within biological and physical sciences. Appropriate mathematical knowledge will be embedded throughout the module.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of one of the optional modules above.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

SCI2308Research Methods in Biology (20 credits)

Research Methods in Biology develops essential biological research methods and data analysis skills, providing a sound base for a future dissertation. The module begins with sessions on experimental design and statistical analysis, working with varied types of data, and culminates with the design and implementation of a one-week research project.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select a total of 100 credits from the following modules:

SCI2317Invertebrate Ecology (20 credits)

Invertebrate Ecology explores the diversity of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, examining their life cycle, basic physiology, importance to ecosystem functioning and the range of services with which they provide society. Through extensive field trips to local sites you will learn quantitative sampling techniques as well as navigation, health and safety assessment and ethical considerations. You will gain a sound knowledge of taxonomy for a variety of groups such as aquatic insects, spiders and beetles, gaining the identification, preservation and museum-standard presentation skills which are vital for employment in the sector or further ecological study. Concise scientific writing and the ability to understand relevant literature will be developed through a review of invertebrate sampling methodologies.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI2319Laboratory Masterclass (20 credits)

Laboratory Masterclass provides extensive experience and underpinning theory in such fundamental tools as an electron microscope, a confocal microscope and DNA technologies to provide a thorough insight into the use and application of such equipment.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI2324Nutrition (20 credits)

Nutrition develops your understanding of the properties of food constituents. The acquisition of food and the anatomy of the digestive system will be investigated. You will gain an appreciation of the effects of nutrient deficiency and excess on the human body, as well as disease and disorders of the digestive process.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI2327Marine Biology (20 credits)

Marine Biology investigates marine communities on shores and in deeper waters (using a research vessel) during a residential field course. In addition to enhancing your field skills, you will have the opportunity to examine and identify animal and plant species found only in marine environments and to understand their patterns of distribution.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI2328Biological Placement (20 credits)

Biological Placement provides you with a professional setting in which you can apply the knowledge and skills acquired in your other modules. The placement is five weeks in duration and provides an ideal opportunity to gain experience in a branch of biology in which you are considering a future career.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI2330Field Botany (20 credits)

Field Botany is a field-based module, providing you with an opportunity to conduct detailed study of a particular group of organisms. The module introduces the full range of plant diversity across a wide range of habitats alongside supporting laboratory work using keys and microscopes. The module also incorporates coverage of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC), the standard method for classifying British vegetation.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI2331Life on the Edge (20 credits)

Life on the Edge provides you with an understanding of how life reacts, adapts and thrives under different types of environmental extremes. The module includes different extreme biotopes and conditions (e.g. high temperature, salinity, acidity), their inhabitants (microbes, plants and animals) and their specific adaptations. Content covered here has a very wide reach, as it links to several different aspects in the fields of physiology, ecology, molecular biology and biotechnology.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI2332Molecular Genetics (20 credits)

Molecular Genetics provides an understanding of several aspects of the regulation of gene expression both in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The module is essential preparation for studying more advanced topics in the fields of genetics and biotechnology. You will explore and acquire practical skills in molecular techniques such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gene expression monitoring and genome editing by cloning. Basic concepts in bioinformatics will be introduced and you will gain hands-on experience of essential web-based tools and software for handling, analysing and interpreting molecular data.

Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

SCI2333Biogeography (20 credits)

Biogeography examines spatial and temporal patterns of living organisms over the Earth’s surface and highlights the fundamental processes and causal factors which determine these patterns. This includes themes such as climate, evolutionary history, continental drift, spatial area, isolation, succession and disturbance. Key themes such as biodiversity and the history and development of ecological communities through time run through the whole module. The module culminates in exploring the impacts of human mediated changes to organism distributions, particularly the effects of habitat fragmentation and invasive non-native species.

Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

SCI2334Biochemistry and Metabolism (20 credits)

Biochemistry and Metabolism enhance your understanding of several advanced concepts in the field of life sciences. The module provides a global perspective on biomolecules, the different types of anabolic and catabolic pathways, as well as basic concepts in enzymology and eukaryotic and prokaryotic cellular energetics. In addition to the theoretical aspects of the module, you will develop a range of transferable and subject specific skills, such as basic laboratorial techniques, recording and analysis of experimental data, information retrieval and research, synthesis capabilities, and presenting scientific information to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI2335Introduction to Biotechnology (20 credits)

Introduction to Biotechnology provides a basic understanding of the principles of biotechnology and its practical applications. You will be introduced to the advances in biotechnological applications and their importance in a wide range of disciplines including agriculture, industry and medicine. The limitations of biotechnological applications will also be considered.

Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

SCI2336Biology of Disease (20 credits)

Biology of Disease focuses on how a disease is an abnormal condition of an organism that impairs bodily functions. A disease may be caused by external factors, such as invading organisms, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune disorders or environmental factors. This module examines the classic causes of disease and examines how they influence normal physiology.

Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

SCI2900Study Abroad Placement (40 credits)

Study Abroad Placement enables you to enhance your employability by spending a period of time studying abroad. The module involves undertaking part of your studies at a partner university in another country, experiencing a different culture and a different education system. It provides an opportunity to improve your language skills, stand out in the professional job market, and open up new opportunities in the competitive international marketplace. You will be asked to describe and reflect upon scientific techniques and investigations undertaken at the partner institution, where the curriculum content studied will be highly relevant to your degree.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional 20 credit modules above.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

SCI3330Dissertation - Biology (40 credits)

Dissertation – Biology provides you with the opportunity to conduct your own research project and apply the concepts, theories and practical skills acquired throughout your Biology degree. You will be mentored by experts in the field who will guide you through the research process from the start. You will identify a research question, develop the methodology to answer it, undertake the practical work, and summarise and analyse the data appropriately to place your findings in the wider context of the subject. A dissertation will be one of the most rewarding achievements throughout your degree and one which will provide you with the skills required to conduct further research in future.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select four of the following modules:

HUG3125The Wider Determinants of Overweight and Obesity (20 credits)

The Wider Determinants of Overweight and Obesity will enable you to gain an insight into the issues relating to obesity and being overweight, closely associated with modern society and the wider determinants of health and well-being.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG3153Child and Adolescent Mental Health (20 credits)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health explores the key concepts that shape child and adolescent mental health issues and services. This will include an exploration of child and adolescent mental health from a psychological, sociological and policy perspective. A particular focus will be on child and adolescent mental health issues and services with reference to the current political and economic climate.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG3155Applied Health Psychology in Context (20 credits)

Applied Health Psychology in Context focuses on the application of health psychology (theory, research and practice) in a variety of contexts including forensic, occupational, clinical, sport and counselling. The module will highlight key issues concerning structure, policy and practice in the application of health psychology to a range of contexts. You will evaluate the theoretical and methodological contributions made by psychological approaches to health prevention and intervention strategies in applied settings and identify and evaluate the role that health psychologists have in a range of healthcare settings.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG3264Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion (20 credits)

Exercise, Diet and Health Promotion provides you with the opportunity to look into the health and physical activity status of different population groups. The module will enable you to assist individuals across the lifespan in adopting physical activity, exercise and other healthy behaviours that lead to increased fitness, wellness and optimal health alongside a well-balanced diet. You will explore strategies for promoting sport and exercise participation and reflect upon the influence of physical and social environments on engagement. The aim is for you to develop the knowledge and skills to create and deliver promotional programmes that enhance awareness about healthy lifestyle behaviour, increase health-enhancing behaviours, decrease health risk behaviours and create environments to support a healthy lifestyle.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI3014Applications of Genetics (20 credits)

Applications of Genetics explores the cutting-edge advances in molecular technologies including gene expression quantification, next generation sequencing and genome editing. You will learn about the latest developments and novel applications in this exciting field through exploring the current primary literature. You will also generate and interpret your own molecular data through a series of practical sessions. The module covers a number of important fields including medicine, disease diagnostics and therapy, population genetics, biotechnology and drug discovery.

Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

SCI3015Genomics and Bioinformatics (20 credits)

Genomics and Bioinformatics centres on how the combination of sequencing and increased computational power has led to a revolution in the way genetic information is utilised and applied. From a human perspective, the sequencing of entire genomes will allow more precise diagnosis and intimations of risk, with attendant tailored treatments. Beyond humans the complex interplay between genome, epigenetic and life history is starting to be unravelled. This module takes you to the leading edge of the discipline and to the forefront of conservation and medicine.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

SCI3017Nerves, Brain and Behaviour (20 credits)

Nerves, Brain and Behaviour considers how the nervous system develops, operates normally, and fails in the case of neurological or psychiatric diseases. The module is comparative in nature and will highlight successful neural systems and behaviours used by a diverse array of animals, including humans.

Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

SCI3309Biodiversity and Conservation (20 credits)

Biodiversity and Conservation is a field-based module providing you with an opportunity for a detailed study of habitats and conservation issues at protected sites. A diverse range of management issues across a range of organisms will be explored through fieldwork in varied habitats. This will be placed in the context of ecological theory, conservation legislation and wider pressures on the landscape.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI3310Tropical Ecology (20 credits)

Tropical Ecology examines the unique nature of tropical habitats, including forests, savannas and coral reefs, and explores why tropical habitats are so species rich. Threats to these ecosystems, such as deforestation and exploitation, are examined, with an emphasis placed on the importance of incorporating local cultures into addressing conservation problems.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI3311Ecological Genetics (20 credits)

Ecological Genetics aligns fieldwork and molecular genetic methods in order to understand the factors influencing genetic variation in populations. You will study speciation, gene flow, reduced population size and the impact of historical events such as glaciation.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI3314Current Issues in Biology (20 credits)

Current Issues in Biology considers the most recent advances across the field of biological science and explores how these discoveries are utilised by modern society. You will gain first hand insights from research-active experts whose work explores topics such as rare skin disorders, microorganisms of extreme environments and astrobiology, as well as species management, for example protecting rare insects or plant responses to changing climates. The module will equip you with a deeper understanding of applied aspects of the biological discipline and explore moral and ethical conflicts, as well as the public perception of science. Teaching approaches include discussion, debate and an exploration of scientific literature, furthering your skills in science communication to specialist and non-specialist audiences alike.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI3316Pathology (20 credits)

Pathology details the fundamental cellular processes that lead to the development of disease. The module also explores how these processes relate to dysfunction within tissues and organs and ultimately the presentation of typical pathological phenotypes and patient symptoms. Diseases with genetic origins (such as congenital ichthyosis) and environmental origins (such as lung disease) will be considered, as will the interactions between the two (as in cardiovascular disease). There is a significant emphasis on delivering career-relevant laboratory skills used in the diagnosis of disease, particularly histological approaches as well as molecular techniques. Real-life case studies are considered throughout each topic, helping you to gain confidence in the identification of common disease traits through regular diagnostic lab simulations in class.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI3318Invertebrate Ecology (20 credits)

Invertebrate Ecology explores the diversity of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, examining their life cycle, basic physiology, importance to ecosystem functioning and the range of services with which they provide society. Through extensive field trips to local sites you will learn quantitative sampling techniques as well as navigation, health and safety assessment and ethical considerations. You will gain a sound knowledge of taxonomy for a variety of groups such as aquatic insects, spiders and beetles, gaining the identification, preservation and museum-standard presentation skills which are vital for employment in the sector or further ecological study. Scientific writing and data analysis will be developed through the write-up of an experiment as a scientific paper.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI3321Pharmacology (20 credits)

Pharmacology details the development, application and action of drugs on the human system through a combination of practical and theoretical work.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

SCI3322Laboratory Masterclass (20 credits)

Laboratory Masterclass exposes you to the skills required for working in a research laboratory which includes developing working knowledge of the safe use of laboratory equipment. The module also encompasses health and safety, including legal requirements, and good laboratory practice. It will develop your ability to identify research questions in a field of biology in which you have developed an interest and make a preliminary assessment of that research question.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI3324Epidemiology (20 credits)

Epidemiology is the study of factors affecting the health and illness of populations. You will investigate how disease patterns are monitored both nationally and globally, how changes in disease patterns are studied and how public health strategies are formulated. This is an important contemporary field of biology.

Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

SCI3325Ecological Interactions (20 credits)

Ecological Interactions equips you with an advanced understanding of the interactions that underpin ecological relationships in populations, communities and ecosystems. You will discover the variety of interactions that occur among animal, plant and fungi species and examine the key theories which underpin them. A combination of lectures, case studies and practical work (in the field and laboratory) will demonstrate the importance of these mechanisms to how ecosystems function. You will understand the importance of these interactions to applied contexts such as integrated pest management in agriculture and forestry and to wider society and the concept of sustainability. The module will enable you to rapidly assess the literature to derive evidence from it for supporting scientific hypotheses.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SCI3326Conservation Issues (20 credits)

Conservation Issues provides an overview of a range of impacts on the world’s biodiversity. Particular emphasis is placed on the impacts of habitat loss, exploitation, pollution and climate change on natural habitats. A common theme through these impacts is the use of computer models which enable calculations of extinction risks, sustainable yields and climate change responses. The module examines important environmental concerns and highlights the role that conservation biologists can play in understanding and managing environmental impacts through monitoring and modelling.

Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

SCI3329Field Botany (20 credits)

Field Botany is a field-based module providing you with an opportunity to conduct detailed study of a particular group of organisms. The module introduces the full range of plant diversity across a wide range of habitats alongside supporting laboratory work using keys and microscopes. The module also incorporates coverage of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC), the standard method for classifying British vegetation.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Biology or a related subject, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, our Pre-Sessional English course might be for you.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The knowledge, skills and personal attributes you will gain will enable you to compete successfully for biological and wider graduate employment or to engage with lifelong learning, research and enquiry.

Career paths include areas such as laboratory and field-based scientific enquiry, ecologist, environmental consultancy, management and protection, countryside ranger, postgraduate study or teacher training.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2018/19, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19 are £11,800 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2018/19, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20, tuition fees are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2018/19, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2018/19 guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

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  • Enquire Online
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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

26th March 2018 - New Module Added

SCI2335 Introduction to Biotechnology (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

12th January 2018 - Withdrawal of Module

SCI3312 Environmental Change (20 credits) is no longer available as an optional Year 3 module.

18th September 2017 - Change of Modules

SCI1115 Chemistry for Biologists (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 1. SCI1107 Biology in Practice (20 credits) changes from optional to compulsory in Year 1. SCI1106 Variation, Evolution and Heredity (20 credits), SCI1108 Cellular Form and Function (20 credits), SCI1112 Ecology (20 credits), SCI1113 Biodiversity (20 credits), and SCI1114 Human Body Systems (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional in Year 1. These changes take effect from September 2018 entry.

25th April 2017 - New Modules Added

SCI3325 Ecological Interactions (20 credits) and SCI3326 Conservation Issues (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3.

16th November 2016 - Change of Module

SCI3330 Dissertation – Biology (40 credits) replaces SCI3308 Dissertation (40 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3.

18th October 2016 - New Module Added

A Language module is now available as a Year 3 option, providing Language modules were studied in Years 1 and 2.

6th October 2016 - Change of Modules

SCI2331 Life on the Edge (20 credits) and SCI2334 Biochemistry and Metabolism (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2. SCI2332 Molecular Genetics (20 credits) replaces SCI2320 Molecular Genetics (20 credits), SCI2330 Field Botany (20 credits) replaces SCI2312 Field Botany (20 credits), SCI2333 Biogeography (20 credits) replaces SCI2325 Biogeography (20 credits), and SCI2336 Biology of Disease (20 credits) replaces SCI2326 Biology of Disease (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 2. SCI2314 Environmental Physiology (20 credits) and SCI2316 Human Population Ecology (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2.

HUG3125 The Wider Determinants of Overweight and Obesity (20 credits), HUG3153 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (20 credits), HUG3155 Applied Health Psychology in Context (20 credits) and HUG3264 Exercise, Diet and Promotion (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3. SCI3329 Field Botany (20 credits) replaces SCI3319 Field Botany (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 3.

15th August 2016 - Change of Modules

SCI1112 Ecology (20 credits) replaces SCI1109 Ecology (20 credits), SCI1113 Biodiversity (20 credits) replaces SCI1110 Biodiversity (20 credits) and SCI1114 Human Body Systems (20 credits) replaces SCI111 Human Body Systems (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.