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BSc/BSc (Hons)

Applied Biology with Biotechnology

Year of entry

UCAS code

Institution code: H12


4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement

Start date

September 2020


Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

Choose Applied Biology. Choose a hands-on science degree that lets you make your mark.

From solving real world environmental problems to developing food, animal  and human medicines, applied biology is one the broadest sciences you can study, leading to the widest choice of careers. On our farm, in our laboratories and on placement, you’ll study the molecular, cellular and whole organism activities of micro-organisms, plants and animals. And you’ll graduate with the in-depth knowledge and practical skills for a rewarding career in, for instance, research and development, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food or environmental science.

Applied biology will suit students who enjoy:

  • Getting stuck in to science in the field and the lab
  • Being creative and curious
  • Thinking independently
  • Solving problems and being analytical

And who are interested in:

  • Science that relates to the real world
  • Living organisms
  • Biological theories and practices
  • Use of cutting edge biotechnologies to address current and future world problems

Entry requirements for 2020

What will I study?

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Work placement

You’ll learn a lot in your third year, spent working in a relevant field in the UK or overseas. During the placement year you'll put your ideas to the test. You'll develop the real world experience that employers want, as well as a deep working knowledge of your subject.

Teaching and learning

What you study

All Applied Biology students share a common first year, learning about physiology, microbiology, ecology, biological molecules and genetics, as well as animal and crop production systems.

You’ll start to specialise in your second year, in order to acquire a sound understanding of the theories of plant biology, animal biology, microbiology, and ecology, and to identify, develop, and predict how these can be used for both commercial and conservation purposes

Where you will study

Learning extends beyond the classroom. There will be lots of applied work in our extensive laboratories, on our commercial farm on-campus, across the university estate and on field courses, as well as your chosen placement location.

Applied field work

Field trips away from the campus will take place in the first and final years. But the applied nature of this programme means you will be moving from field to lab and back again throughout the four years. For example, during the crop production and animal production modules in year one, you will be using the university farm’s fields and livestock operations. And you will apply your knowledge during your placement year.

Teaching and learning

Learning at Higher Education level is a big step up from further education so we make sure you get lots of advice and support. Everyone learns differently and in the workplace you’ll need to work in different ways, so we make sure our courses prepare you in every way possible. You will attend lectures and tutorials, do hands-on work, experience field trips, sit exams, and complete coursework assignments. Topics are based on real world situations, such as genetics and evolution, environmental monitoring and biotechnology.

Assessment methods

There will be summative assessed course work throughout the programme, and you will receive written feedback on all course work to help you improve. End-of-module assessments will take place in May/June of each academic year. Course work may be reports, presentations or portfolios, produced individually or in a team.


A degree in Applied Biology can open doors to a vast range of careers, from food product development through to pharmaceuticals. You might work in environmental monitoring, or industries connected to agriculture. Maybe you will develop a life sciences research career, or move straight into biotechnology project management. Whichever direction you choose to go in, the applied nature of this programme means you will be ready to hit the ground running as soon as you graduate. 

97% Employability

Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education

(HESA 2018)


For course related enquiries please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000
Email: admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk


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