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BSc Cell Biology with Entrepreneurship / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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The course will help you understand how our cells do what they need to do, from the molecular level though whole cells to tissues and organs.
You will study aspects of biological sciences such as biochemistry and molecular biology to explore the structure and function of cells.
You will also consider how cell diversity arises and how cells co-operate and communicate with each other in normal tissues and in developing embryos.
The entrepreneurship units will be offered via the Masood (Manchester) Enterprise Centre (MEC) of the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University, exposing you to key learning in business innovation. The course also includes a year in industry on a research or business placement.
Learn alongside other students taking a variety of degrees at the University, giving you the opportunity to practice your skills with your fellow students and make new friends.
Industry placements are available at home and abroad where you can use your entrepreneurship and/or subject skills in a range of ways including innovation work, biotech and marketing.
Foundation year available
You can prepare for the full degree course if you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry by undertaking our foundation course first.
Flexibility to transfer between courses
You can transfer between most of our biological sciences degree courses at the end of your first year or, in some cases, later. You can only transfer onto this course if you have completed the required entrepreneurship units in Year 1.
Teaching and learning
The course consists of two-thirds of biological sciences learning and one-third entrepreneurship learning. You will learn your entrepreneurship alongside other students taking a variety of degrees at the University.
Teaching and learning will be delivered using a variety of methods. A typical week in your first year of study will comprise approx. 30 hours of activity, of which approximately 15 hours will be timetabled study, such as interactive/active learning lectures, videos, tutorial sessions, laboratory classes and 15 hours will be independent or self-directed study.
As you progress through the course an increasing emphasis will be placed on independent study, and this reflects you applying your knowledge and skills in individual projects.
The course contains strong practical elements. This commences in year 1 with 'Introduction to laboratory science' (semester 1) and 'Introduction to experimental biology' (semester 2) which will enable you to develop basic experimental and data analysis skills.
In year 2 the Experimental Design modules (semester 1) will enable you to develop experimental skills, which are closely aligned to your degree programme. In Semester 2 you will take an intensive, degree specific Research Skills Module (RSM) module where you will have the opportunity to learn key experimental skills and design and analyse simple experiments relevant to your degree.
Students studying Organismal degrees, such as Biology, have the opportunity to take a field course instead of a laboratory-based practical unit in Semester 2. For students taking BSc (Hons) Zoology a field course is a compulsory component of both year 1 and year 2.
For BSc (Hons) with Industrial/Professional Experience and with Entrepreneurship students, the placement project must involve research within the field of biological science and be of relevance to the students degree programme. Where students are doing business placements the project must involve analysis of a biosciences-related topic. Typical examples include preparation of technical regulatory documentation, analysis of market research data, assessment of the patentability of new scientific inventions.
The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework exercises, written examinations, online examinations, presentations and practical demonstrations. You will also have many opportunities to self-assess your progress using online quizzes and tutorial exercises.
Coursework and assessment
Assessment methods vary widely to suit the nature of the course unit and each level of study.
- Lecture units are usually assessed by written exam (multiple choice or essay-based), which are held at the end of an academic semester in either January or May/June.
- Field courses are usually assessed via oral and written presentations, group work and/or projects.
- Practical units are usually assessed by experimental report and/or short written assignment and/or written exam.
- The proportion of independent study assignments increases during each year of study.
Lecture units are usually assessed by e-learning activities during the unit and multiple choice exams at the end of the semester.
Lecture units are usually assessed by essay-based exam.
You will write a scientific placement report, which is submitted and assessed when you return to University in your final year.
Lecture units are usually assessed by essay-based exam. You will also take two 'honours' papers and examinations comprising essays and data-handling problems.
A significant part of the year (accounting for one-quarter of the overall degree mark) is the project, which is assessed by literature review and a written report.
Course unit details
This course is modular. You will study compulsory course units and choose some optional units.
Most science units are assigned 10 credits and you will take 120 credits each year.
You will need to acquire 20 entrepreneurship credits per year, and there is some choice in which units you choose after Year 1.
Course content for year 1
You will gain a broad introduction to biological sciences, covering key concepts such as:
- molecular biology
In addition, you will study fundamental concepts of entrepreneurial skills and business management.
Year 1 also provides an introduction to the essential data handling and laboratory skills required for all biological scientists.
Course content for year 2
You will continue your studies in greater depth and begin to specialise. You will also undertake an extended essay on a subject-specific topic.
In the Research Skills unit, you have the opportunity to carry out techniques that are widely used in current biological science research.
You will gain more choice in entrepreneurship units, for example, Enterprise Strategy and Marketing or Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development.
Course content for year 3
Course content for year 4
Final year topics reflect the current hotspots of bioscience endeavour and the research interests of our staff, and are constantly being updated.
You will undertake an independent in-depth research project that may involve supervised practical work in a laboratory, or you may choose to work on e-learning, educational, data analysis, bioinformatics or enterprise topics.
You will continue your entrepreneurial training and can specialise in healthcare or more broadly in feasibility and strategy.
Scholarships and bursaries
What our students say
Our modern teaching labs are equipped for a range of biological and biomedical techniques. The following are just a few of the techniques you could undertake during your degree:
- polymerase chain reaction (PCR);
- DNA sequencing;
- gel electrophoresis;
- dissection and histology;
- electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG);
- immunofluorescence microscopy.
Our computing facilities include access to over 200 PCs in dedicated clusters and e-learning tools including online lecture notes, discussion boards, lecture podcasts and quizzes. You will also have access to the University's other facilities for undergraduate students.
As a final year student, you have the opportunity to undertake a project in the labs of our world-class bioscience researchers. To support our research, we have extensive research facilities equipped with high-quality technology.