BSc Developmental Biology with a Modern Language (4 Years)

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  • Entry requirements
    Selected entry requirements English language: Either GCSE grade C, IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.5 in any component) or an equivalent qualification. A level: Grades AAB-BBB. This should include 2 sciences, normally Biology and Chemistry (normally to be taken in one sitting). For degrees with French, German or Spanish the language must be studied at A-level. General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer. An A* in a language at GCSE and Chemistry grade B at AS-level is essential. GCSE: Minimum of grade C in English Language and Mathematics. An A* in a language at GCSE is required. International baccalaureate: 35-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in Biology and Chemistry at Higher level. For degrees with French, German and Spanish 5 or 6 points in the language must be achieved at Higher level. For other languages 5 points is required in a language at standard level. Additional entry requirements Additional entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
  • Academic title
    BSc Developmental Biology with a Modern Language
  • Course description
    Course description
    Developmental Biology seeks to explain how all the different cells and complex tissues that make up an animal or plant are produced from the single cell formed at fertilisation. This requires a broad understanding of biology and therefore students will benefit from training in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology and computer modelling. Our understanding of how Drosophila, thale cress, C.elegans and mouse develop is now very advanced. This has significantly improved our understanding of several human diseases, including birth defects, cancer and infertility, and is leading to the design of modern and innovative treatments. Of particular interest is the use of stem cells to engineer replacement tissues and organs. Developmental Biology is also providing interesting and surprising explanations about the evolution of the plants and animals we see around us today.

    The third year of this four year programme is the language placement year, during which students complete a project in a research institution in a country that speaks their chosen language. It is possible to study this programme with French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German or Japanese.
    Career opportunities
    Developmental Biology graduates from the University of Manchester go into a variety of careers. About half stay in the life sciences and related disciplines, choosing either to study further research or taught courses such as a Masters or PhD, which could lead onto a career in bioscience, or medicine/dentistry degrees. A significant number go on to complete a science teaching qualification, such as a secondary science PGCE. Graduates from 'with a modern language' programmes are extremely desirable to employers who require significant relevant work experience. In the growing field of international bioscience research collaborations, graduates with a good command of a foreign language are at a distinct advantage.

    Those that choose a career outside of the life sciences are highly sought after by large multinationals. Graduate programmes in accountancy, finance, law, marketing and publishing are particularly popular choices for graduates from the Faculty who do not wish to stay in science.

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