Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Birkbeck's Department of Biological Sciences provides state'of'the'art, specialist laboratories and facilities at the heart of academic London. You will be taught by internationally distinguished experts who work with governments and institutions around the globe to extend the boundaries of knowledge. Working in close collaboration with the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint institution between Birkbeck and UCL, our department is recognised for the excellence and international impact of its research. You will receive training in practical skills and lab work, including microscopy and tabulating data. You will be part of a community of learners who are focused on learning and determined to succeed. We provide a wide range of help and support. Birkbeck is different: classes are in the evening, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. Record numbers of students are doing just that and getting a head start on their future careers.

Course Modules

All years: Chemistry for the biosciences; from molecules to ecosystems; practical skills for the biosciences; cells: membranes, energy and metabolism; genetics and molecular biology; human biology; advanced cell biology (2012 start); advanced molecular biology and bioinformatics (2013 start); advanced topics in human biology (2012 start); microbes and antimicrobials (2013 start); research methods and statistics (runs every year).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £13,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
6 years
Part Time
BSc (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
6 years
Part Time
BSc (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 112
  • Course specific

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83% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 65%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 91%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 91%

15% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 20%

Total Coursework: 80%