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Queen's University of Belfast - Medical Faculty BSc in Biological Sciences with Professional Studies
Queen's University of Belfast - Medical Faculty

BSc in Biological Sciences with Professional Studies

Belfast, United Kingdom

4 Years


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Biological Sciences encompasses many aspects of the biosciences, from molecular biology through to whole organisms and ecosystems, and includes exploration of:

  • Biological diversity, systematics, and conservation
  • Cell and tissue structure, function, and physiology
  • Ecology and behavior
  • Form and function of microorganisms, protists, fungi, plants, and animals
  • Genetics and mechanisms and pathways of evolution

Programs with Professional studies undertake a 46-week work placement between stages 2 and 3

In BSc Biological Sciences with Professional Studies, students will gain core technical skills, subject-specific practical laboratory- / field-based skills, and employer-directed skills to help them investigate and manipulate biological material including relevant physical, chemical, and biological measurements and their application in a laboratory, field, and research project setting. During the final year project, students will have access to cutting-edge research facilities across the molecular and ecological disciplines. Additional skills achieved include Collation, quantitative analysis, and interpretation of experimental data, including problem-solving; communication and application of knowledge; the use of computers for data management and presentations, and the development of intellectual, personal, and team skills for employment and further study.

Biological Sciences With Professional Studies Degree Highlights

The 46-week placement develops employer-orientated skills, providing confidence in ability and aptitude, and raising ambition.

Professional Accreditations

  • Royal Society of Biology
  • This course has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This highlights the academic quality of the course and recognizes the course in enabling graduates to meet the needs of the employer through the development of technical and transferable skills.

Career Development

  • The embedded 46 work placement in this degree program provides students with the opportunity to utilize the practical, transferable, and professional skills gained during the teaching of their degree and apply these in a work environment. In previous years, students have gained placements with organizations such as Almac Pharma Services, Norbrook Laboratories, Warner Chilcott, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Belfast Zoo, the National Trust, Atlantic Whale Foundation, and the RSPB. In addition, students can avail of opportunities to undertake short summer placements abroad through programs such as IAESTE, Operation Wallacea, and Frontier.

Student Experience

  • Final-year research projects allow students to gain considerable research experience in one of the research laboratories at Queen’s University Belfast. Working alongside world-leading researchers enriches the student's experience and assists them in pursuing a career in academia or research.


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