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QUB Foundation Degree in Biological Sciences

Course Code: C5145
Campus: Titanic Quarter
Week Commencing: 16 Sep 19
End Date: 06 Jun 20
Time: 09:00-16:30


This two-year, full-time course will provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the biological sciences. 

You will undertake study in a broad range of subjects, including Fundamentals of Science, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Genetics and Ecology & Environmental Biology.  Development of your practical skills will be a priority and you will gain experience of techniques such as gel electrophoresis, tissue culture, HPLC, GC-MS and spectroscopy.  You will be assessed through practical laboratory work, coursework and written examinations.  Your learning will be supported by tutorial-style teaching and will require a commitment to independent study.

This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability.  A minimum attendance of 80 % is expected on all aspects of the course.  In addition to the higher education tuition fee, an additional fee of £50 is required to defray expenses associated with residential field trips.

Career Opportunities / Progression

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree with an overall weighted mark of 55% and, in addition, at least 55% in each module assessed in final year will be eligible to progress to degree programmes in the School of Biological Science at Queen’s University Belfast.  The Foundation Degree allows graduates to apply to become Associates of the Royal Society of Biology and/or Registered Science Technicians.  With further experience, graduates can apply for Registered Scientist or Chartered Biologist status.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this programme are set by Queen’s University Belfast.  A minimum of CC at A-level, including Biology, or equivalent, is required.  Applicants offering alternative qualifications are directed to the University website for further guidance:


Tuition Fee


All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Contact Information

Dawn Corbett, tel: 028 9053 3103 or email: [email protected]