Brunel University London

Course Introduction

The ability to work in an interdisciplinary manner solving problems using the latest analytical and computational techniques has been identified by several Research Councils and independent reviews as an essential attribute for graduates entering the world of employment in the 21st century. Since so many problems in the life sciences require knowledge of computer programming, all students undertake a module in introductory bioinformatics.

Our new Life Sciences BSc has been designed to fulfil this need. Graduates of this programme will be equipped to work in a variety of professions requiring an understanding of Life Sciences, as well as other professions that value analytical skills and logical thinking.

Life sciences involve the study of living organisms. They include subjects from foundational sciences such as human biology, evolution and ecology.

The life sciences capture areas that are on the cutting'edge of human knowledge, such as genetics and neuroscience. Together, the life sciences encompass our understanding of living beings on a cellular, biomechanical and psychological level, as well as how they interact with the environment. Our exciting new Life Sciences BSc includes the option of a professional placement year.

The course will give you a broad understanding of the life sciences. You’ll develop your knowledge of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, sports and exercise biology, biological psychology and the biological environment. The first year of the course is the same for all students. At Level 2, you’ll choose two specialisms from: biochemistry, cell biology, cognitive neurosciences, computational data analysis, environmental health, evolution and behaviour, genetics, infections and immunity, and sport and exercise sciences. In your final year you’ll continue to study your specialisms, majoring in one of them. Your module options at Levels 2 and 3 will depend on the major and minor streams you choose.

In your final year students will conduct an independent empirical research project under the supervision of an academic in the Department of Life Sciences. Final year projects are often the most fulfilling aspect of the course. Our students will graduate with a unique mix of skills giving them a competitive advantage in the employment market.

The course places strong emphasis on your professional development and you’ll boost your skills in data analysis, laboratory work, critical analysis and problem solving. You’ll have the option of broadening your knowledge by choosing a non'science module such as a modern language, management or computing study block. This course will prepare you for a career in a diverse range of fields such as the sport, health and exercise industry, biomedical research and ecology, and environmental management. It will also prepare you for further study and research in life sciences.

Course Modules

Level 1: Compulsory ' Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics, Biochemistry,Biosphere,Foundations of Psychology: Brain and Cognition,Molecular and Cellular Biology,Practical Research Skills,Quantitative Research Skills,Synoptic Assessment in Life Sciences 1: Teamwork and Presentation. <p>

Level 2: Compulsory ' Career Skills in Life Sciences, Introduction to Bioinformatics, Synoptic Assessment in Life Sciences 2: Interdisciplinary Literature Interrogation and Synthesis.

You can also choose two options from a wide range of interdisciplinary streams (details on the course web page). <p>

Level 3: Compulsory ' Final year research project, Synoptic Assessment in Life Sciences 3: Research Methods, Culture and Communication. <p>

Students take all study listed for their major stream and half of the study listed for their minor stream. <p>

Visit our website for full course and module details.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £18,000 Overseas Fees