This course covers the breadth of biology from human physiology to ecology, plants and evolution. There is a focus on molecular, genetics and biochemical theory and practice relevant to current fields of biology. The course provides a rigorous laboratory experience so that graduates are research and employment ready, and this is reflected in the interim accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. You study the latest laboratory skills and techniques in modern and well-equipped facilities. For example, you use specialist cell culture laboratories that replicate industry equipment and measure gene expression using quantitative PCR. You also complete valuable field work, which has previously included a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, exploring contrasting environments in the Peak District and a residential ecological and environmental field course, all at no additional costs. You benefit from a strong emphasis on laboratory work, which brings the theory from lectures to life and allows you to gain the practical skills every biologist needs, including maths and the underpinning chemistry, which enhances your employability. There is an emphasis on practical-problem solving and developing laboratory management and research skills through short independent laboratory projects, which lead to an independent final year research project. Throughout the curse, problem solving, independent thinking, creativity and critical analysis are encouraged and practised. The optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at those students wanting to pursue a career in research and is suitable for students who achieve good results during years one and two. **Placements and work experience** Once you have developed your knowledge and skills in the lab, you can apply for an optional third-year work placement, which gives you the chance to apply theory and practice in the workplace. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that can give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. Alternatively you are encouraged to undertake internships or other short placements to enhance your CV and future career goals. You can apply for a placement in the UK or use the opportunity to work abroad in Europe, America and further afield. We have a wide range of major national and multinational placement partners, including • GlaxoSmithKline • Covance • Eurofins • and various universities. **Professional recognition** **Graduates of BSc (Honours) Biology** This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level> **Graduates of MSci Biology** This programme has been awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.