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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 range of popular modules offered in 2018/19 as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2019/20, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Level 1 (FHEQ 4) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOL0001 Quantitative Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0003 Introduction to Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0004 Life on Earth 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0005 Fundamentals of Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0006 Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOL0007 Introduction to Field Ecology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0008 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0009 Experimental Genetics and Model Systems 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0010 Introduction to Human Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0011 Evolutionary Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0012 Animal Biodiversity 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0013 The Biology of Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0014 Fundamentals of Ecology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0028 Field module in Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0029 Computational Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0030 Energy and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 3 (FHEQ 6) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOL0018 Advanced Investigative Project in Biological Sciences 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
BIOL0019 Advanced Research Project in Biological Sciences 12 (US) 22.5 (ECTS) 45 (FHEQ)
BIOL0020 Sex, Genes and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0021 Advanced Human Genetics: Research Principles 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0022 Biology of Ageing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0025 Advanced Molecular Biology: Genomics and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0027 Diseases of Ageing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 4 (FHEQ 7) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOL0034 Applications in Human Genetics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
BIOL0035 Vertebrate Life and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 3 (FHEQ 6) and 4 (FHEQ 7) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOL0032 Species Conservation and Biodiversity 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

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Professor Nick Lane
+44 (0)20 7679 1385
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