BSc in Biological Sciences - Medical Biology
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
3 - 4 years
GBP 9,250 / per year *
Earliest start date
* UK students: £9,250 per year | international: £15,800 for the first year
Why choose this course?
Biological sciences form the basis of many new areas of science and technology. They are the foundation of our understanding of a diverse range of subjects – from evolution, genetics and diversity to medicine, drug and human development.
In this course, you can choose to study human, medical or genetics and molecular biology.
Practical work includes a laboratory and/or field-based project, a data project or a systematic review. Project work might be based in a laboratory or organisation outside the University. You'll gain the knowledge, techniques and skills you need to boost your employability, ready for when you graduate.
Reasons to choose Kingston University
- This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). Once you graduate, you'll receive one year's free membership, helping you to network and keep up to date with developments in life sciences.
- You can choose to take a four-year sandwich degree, with a year's overseas study or an industrial placement to give you a career head start.
- Through option modules, you can tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals.
This course has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for 2019 entry. Kingston University graduates from this programme will receive one year's free membership in the Royal Society of Biology.
The Royal Society of Biology is the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. The Society represents more than 16,000 biologists from all areas of the life sciences, as well as more than 100 organisations which make up the diverse landscape of biology in the UK and overseas. The Royal Society of Biology offers members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology.
Whichever area of biology you wish to gain a career in, membership will help you:
- stay up to date with what is happening across the life sciences;
- gain additional recognition for your skills and experience;
- develop your professional network; and
- demonstrate your support for the future of biology.
What you will study
Year 1: common to all streams
Year 1 is common to all streams of this biological sciences degree - human biology, medical biology, genetics and molecular biology - as well as a number of other degrees. It has been designed to give you a thorough understanding of the core subjects within life sciences and provides a measure of flexibility between courses.
- Genes, Cells and Tissues
- The Biochemical Foundations of Life
- Scientific and Laboratory Skills
- Human Physiology
Year 2: stream-specific modules
In Year 2, you will follow the modules within your chosen specialism (Human Biology, Medical Biology or Genetics and Molecular Biology). You will develop your knowledge, techniques and practical skills, as well as additional transferable and employability skills. A course-specific core module will integrate subject-specific knowledge and develop your skills in preparation for your final-year research project.
All students are encouraged to identify opportunities for work experience during the course, which may be through an optional sandwich year taken between Years 2 and 3. Alternate opportunities within the University may become available such as acting as a student ambassador.
Medical Biology route: Core modules
- Proteins and Metabolism
- Infection and Immunity
- Research Methods and Concepts in Evolutionary Biology
Year 3: stream-specific modules
In Year 3, you will examine more advanced and applied aspects within your subject area. You will also undertake an independent project - this provides an opportunity to research a topic of your choice within your specialism as either a laboratory-based project or a library-based dissertation.
Medical Biology route: Core modules
- Current Concepts in Biomolecular Science
- Project (Bioscience)
- Medical Parasitology
Medical Biology route: Optional modules
- Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Diseases
- Clinical Chemistry and Haematology (Blood Sciences)
- Clinical Immunology and Medical Microbiology
Optional modules only run if there is enough demand. If we have an insufficient number of students interested in an optional module, that module will not be offered for this course.
Program Tuition Fee
You'll be well prepared for careers in the medical, pharmaceutical, food, biotech, environmental and veterinary industries, as well as in teaching and research.
Examples of graduate destinations
Types of jobs
- Bio technician
- Scientific officer
- Account manager
- Quality control technician
- Research Assistant
- Institute of Cancer Research
- Cancer Research UK
- Kingston Hospital NHS Trust
- Wellcome Trust
- Natural History Museum
- Kew Gardens