Biology at the University of Northampton is split into three stages. In the first stage you’ll develop a broad range of Biology skills, including biodiversity, conservation management, genetics, molecular biology, human physiology and the role of the immune system.
In the second and third stages you’ll have the opportunity to specialise; choosing from a range of biological concepts, including medical genetics, biodiversity, immunology and restoration ecology.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
Work experience abroad.
Tailor degree to your individual needs and interests.
Our modules are informed by staff actively researching in their specialist areas, introducing you to science principles to help you develop analytical skills and encourage you to evaluate and recommend solutions to real-life, local to global, biological problems.
Biology’s role in society is explored through this course. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used to examine large biological data sets at all three stages in the course. We believe that the skills in managing big data, analysing spatial relationships and thinking about biological problems at different scales are skills that biologists will need in the future either in biological conservation or human health.
The first year focuses on fundamental principles, including research methodology, statistical analysis of data, and presentation of results for a variety of audiences, all of which will be used throughout the course and beyond. In the second and third year you are able to specialise and focus on areas that you are particularly interested in.
The cost for this trip in 2016 was approximately £550. Alternatively, there is the option of staying in Northampton to study local field sites and perform a river survey. Staff also encourage students to apply for travel grants for study visits abroad during the summer vacation periods.
Methods of Learning
We aim to make learning an engaging and enjoyable experience from our extensive online resources and face to face teaching. We will introduce you to science principles, help you to develop analytical skills and encourage you to evaluate and recommend solutions to real-life, local to global, biological problems.
Teaching and learning occurs through a variety of methods, with laboratory practical, workshops, learning how to use new software, fieldwork, seminars and lectures. Most modules have two hours of contact time per week, but sometimes sessions can be longer or shortened depending on the activity e.g. day long fieldwork excursions.
Two modules have been semisterised, which means that one module is delivered in the Autumn Term (ENV1012) and the other (ENV1002) is delivered in the Spring term. This arrangement has allowed for a four hours contact time per week to enable you to get the most out of practical sessions, workshops and field visits.
All of the module tutors use our virtual learning environment (NILE) to provide additional resources to facilitate your independent learning.
Assessment methods include writing specific reports, blogs, articles, giving presentations, and taking time constrained assessment and exams. Many modules are assessed through 100% coursework but some modules have exams that could be worth up to 60% of the final module grade.
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University of Northampton Highlights
Number of Staff
Number of Students
Number of International Students
Graduation Employment Rate
Student Satisfaction Rate
Academic Programs Offered
Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Mode of Programs Offered
Full time, Part time and Distance
Medium of Instruction
Average Tuition Fee for International Fee
GBP 12,000 - GBP 15,000
Proficiency Test for English Language
IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE
Scholarships, Funds and Loans
University of Northampton Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses
For all the prospective candidates for the institute, an estimated cost of living in the UK is as cpmipield below.
The tuition fee varies from one course to another. Following are some of the popular courses along with the tuition cost:
BA and BSc Degrees
BSc Podiatry / BSc Occupational Therapy
Sandwich / placement Year
MA or MSc Degrees
Cost of Attendance
Basic list of expenses apart from tuition fee are as follows:
Type of Expenditure
Cost (in GBP, per week)
Accommodation (includes basic facilities)
130 to 300
36 to 52
4 to 14
Books and supplies
Clothing and personal care
16 to 26
University of Northampton Application Process
Basic Admission Requirements
Certified transcripts of high school/college/university
One reference required
Statement of Purpose depicting the interest of the applicant in the chosen course
MBA applicants must also have a proof of work experience
Arts and design applicant must also submit their portfolio
The Result of Language Tests for English Proficiency from all the international applicants. The exams valid are IELTS, TOEFL iBT and Pearson PTE. Following are the minimum scores required in IELTS to gain admission:
6.0 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section
6.5 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section
7.0 overall and not less than 6.5 in each section
When an international student is accepted they are required to pay the deposit fee of GBP 5,000 and will then receive a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the University.
Other documents for the visa application process are: