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Programme structure: Biology (MSci) - what's running in 2021/22

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

This Integrated Master's programme has been designated as type II: Advanced Study in accordance with the QAA descriptors for Master's programmes. Please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes for further information on this type of programme.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Life Processes Part A BIOL10009 20 Mandatory TB-1
Diversity of Life Part A BIOL10010 20 Mandatory TB-1
Diversity of Life Part B BIOL10007 20 Mandatory TB-2
Life Processes Part B BIOL10008 20 Mandatory TB-2
Key Concepts for Biologists BIOL10002 20 Mandatory TB-1
Units from the following list totalling 20 credit points. Please note the open unit chosen must take place in TB2:
Current Topics in Biology BIOL10001 20 Optional TB-2
Sustainable Development UNIV10001 20 Optional TB-2
City Futures: Migration, Citizenship, and Planetary Change UNIV10005 20 Optional TB-2
Creative Futures: Tools for Changing the World UNIV10007 20 Optional TB-2
Understanding global problems using data: inequality, climate change and the economy UNIV10008 20 Optional TB-2
Big Ideas in Science CHEM10001 20 Optional TB-4
Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology PSYC10013 20 Optional TB-2
Science of Happiness PSYC10014 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Decolonise the Future! HUMS10012 20 Optional TB-2
Any other Level 1 UWLP (University-Wide Language Programme) unit - 20 credit points. Please see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sml/study/uwlp/ for more details.
Certificate of Higher Education   120      

Progression/award requirements

Unit Pass Mark for Undergraduate Programmes:

  • 40 out of 100 – for level C/4, I/5 & H/6 units
  • 50 out of 100 – for level M/7 units

For details on the weightings for classifying undergraduate degrees, please see the Agreed Weightings, by Faculty, to be applied for the Purposes of Calculating the Final Programme Mark and Degree Classification in Undergraduate Programmes.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Please refer to the specific progression/award requirements for programmes with a preliminary year of study, the Gateway programmes and International Foundation programmes.

Exit awards

All undergraduate degree programmes allow the opportunity for a student to exit from a programme with a Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education.

  • To be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 240 credit points, of which at least 90 must be at level 5.
  • To be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 120 credit points at level 4.

Integrated Master's degrees may also allow the opportunity for a student to exit from the programme with an equivalent Bachelor's degree where a student has achieved 360 credit points, of which 90 must be at level 6, and has successfully met any additional criteria as described in the programme specification.

The opportunities for a student to exit from one of the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry with an Award is outlined in the relevant Programme Regulations (which are available as an annex in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes).

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