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BSc Geology and Biology

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

19400 GBP
9250 GBP
9250 GBP

Application fee

International 12 GBP
National 12 GBP
The Faculty of Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
SAT (avg)1260
ACT (avg)23

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About this course

  • If you wish to specialise in palaeobiology, this course will be of particular interest to you. It covers much of the same material in the first three years of our MSci Palaeontology and Evolution course.
  • You will study the evolution of life through the combined study of geology and biology. One third of the first year is spent studying geology and two thirds are dedicated to biology.
  • After the first year, you will take core units which are particularly relevant to your area of study in both disciplines, but you will have a much greater choice of units. There is a wide range of biological and palaeontological units on offer, from how the biosphere evolved to insect biology.

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Eligibility Criteria

A-levels(including international A-levels)

  • AAA including two science subjects (one of which must be Biology)*; or AAB including three hard sciences (one of which must be Biology)*

A-levels(including international A-levels)(contextual offer)

  • AAB including two science subjects (one of which must be Biology)*; or ABB including three hard sciences (one of which must be Biology)*

IB Diploma

  • 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level including two science subjects (one of which must be Biology)*; or 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level including three hard sciences (one of which must be Biology)

IB Diploma(contextual offer)

  • 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level including two science subjects (one of which must be Biology)*; or 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level including three hard sciences (one of which must be Biology)

Cambridge Pre-U

  • Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3


  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 12 credits at Distinction in two of the following science subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics.


  • DDD in Science or Engineering, plus A-level grade B in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.


  • SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Biology plus another science/mathematics subject

Welsh Bacc

  • Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade


  • 85% overall with 8.5 in Biology and another science subject

International qualifications

  • Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country

English language requirements

  • Profile C - Further information about English language requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:

  • Grade B or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics

Academic qualifications

  • *Science subjects should include one or more from the following group: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics. Other science subjects include Environmental Science, Geography, Geology and Psychology. Hard science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

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Course Modules

First year

  • Geology 1
  • Diversity of Life
  • Life Processes

Second year

  • Sedimentology
  • Introduction to Field Mapping
  • Geobiology
  • Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Mesozoic stratigraphy and palaeontology fieldwork 

Choice from:

  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Neurobiology: from nerve cells to behaviour
  • Acquisition of Behaviour
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Parasite Biology
  • Insect Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Marine Ecology and Physiology
  • Structural Geology
  • Soils and Environmental Analysis
  • Atmospheric Processes
  • Imaging and Mapping the Earth
  • Green Planet

Third year

  • Palaeobiology Analytical Project
  • Evolution of the Biosphere
  • Fieldcourse or Laboratory Workshop Report
  • The Cambrian Explosion: the origin of animal body plans

Choice from:

  • Mammalian Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Neuroethology: neural mechanisms underlying behaviour
  • Flowering Plants
  • Sensory Ecology
  • Behaviour and Ecology of Social Insects
  • Optimisation, Behaviour and Life Histories
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Petroleum Sedimentology
  • Geomicrobiology.

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How to Apply

Applying through UCAS
Apply online through UCAS for full-time courses (with the exception of the five direct entry courses listed below). Our institution code is BRISL B78. The application fee for 2016 entry is expected to be £23 for two to five choices of university or college or £12 for one choice.

Full instructions on how to complete your application are available on the UCAS website. Alternatively, you can ask your teacher or careers adviser for advice, or contact your local British Council Office if you are an international applicant. The National Careers Service can help independent UK applicants.

Transferring from another UK university or college
If you are a student at another UK university or college of higher education and wish to transfer to a degree course at the University of Bristol, you must apply through UCAS. Please contact the relevant admissions team informally first, to see if they will consider an application from you.

International Applicants
We welcome applications from international students and accept a wide range of international qualifications.

You can apply through UCAS or the Common Application. If you intend to apply to more than one UK university please apply through UCAS. Please use only one method of applying to Bristol.


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