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Biological Sciences

Dramatic and exciting developments in biology in recent years have led to an increasing and varied range of options at UCL. UCL's Galton Laboratory was the first department of human genetics in the world, and this pioneering approach continues in our research and teaching today.

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Biological Sciences

Why study Biological Sciences at UCL?

At UCL you will be taught by active researchers within a supportive environment. The Grant Museum of Zoology is an excellent teaching resource and field courses offer you the opportunity to explore the European wildlife. Our London location also allows you to visit world-famous institutions, such as Kew Gardens, London Zoo, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Please note, field courses run out of term-time and have limited numbers. They also need to be booked and paid for in advance, in Term 1. Please contact the Affiliate Tutor (see below) as soon as possible if you wish to apply for these modules (BIOL1007, BIOL2002 and BIOL7008).

What you will gain from study at UCL

Studying Biological Sciences at UCL offers you the excitement of examining life processes at all levels. Our modules span the study of cells and organisms, human and animal genes and entire ecosystems. In addition to gaining theoretical understanding, you will be able to explore these subjects further in the laboratory, the field or through bioinformatic analysis.

Teaching and assessment

Since students admitted to this programme for the Fall Term only are unable to sit the end-of-year examinations in the Summer Term, they will be assessed by alternative examination in December.

Modules in Biological Sciences

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOL1002 Quantitative Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL1005 Introduction to Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL1006 Life on Earth 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL1007 Fundamentals of Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL1008 Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOL2002 Field Course in Environmental Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL2004 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL2005 Genetic Systems 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL2006 Introduction to Human Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL2007 Evolutionary Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL2009 Animal Biodiversity 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL2010 The Biology of Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL2012 Fundamentals of Ecology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL7008 Field Course in Ecological Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL7015 Computational Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL7016 Energy and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOL3004 Literature Review 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
BIOL3005 Introduction to Research 12 (US) 22.5 (ECTS) 1.5 (CU)
BIOL3012 Sex, Genes and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL3013 Advanced Human Genetics: Research Principles 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL3017 Biology of Ageing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL3024 Advanced Molecular Biology: Genomics and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL3025 Adaptation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOL3026 Diseases of Ageing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 4 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOLM008 Species Conservation and Biodiversity 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOLM011 Applications in Human Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOLM018 Vertebrate Life and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Contact details

Professor Nick Lane
+44 (0)20 7679 1385
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