Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences

Introduction to the Program

The Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a three or four year program for international students taught in English.

About XJTLU

Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a new international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK as a joint venture. As an independent Sino-Foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China. The University offers undergraduate degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering and management, and awards both its own Chinese degree and a degree from the University of Liverpool.

About the Program

Biology is one of the most exciting scientific disciplines of the 21st century. The insights it provides into life processes, together with advances in genomics, diagnostics and therapeutic drug development, are having a major impact on humanity.

The BSc Biological Sciences programme provides you with a comprehensive introduction to the biosciences, equipping you with knowledge and skills from bioinformatics and biotechnology to cell signalling, genomics and structural biology.

About The Department of Biological Sciences

The Department has academic staff recruited from top universities and institutes around the world, thriving undergraduate and graduate programmes and first-rate research facilities.

Biology is one of the most exciting scientific disciplines of the 21st century. The insights it provides into life processes, together with advances in genomics, diagnostics and therapeutic drug development, are having a major impact on humanity. Our department with its dynamic and international staff, aims to make fundamental discoveries as well as to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society.

Careers

Our graduates find career opportunities in the fields of biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology and are well-equipped with the scientific knowledge, experimental techniques and key skills required by industry, research institutions and universities, government and public services. Biology graduates are multi-skilled professionals who are qualified for a wide range of employment prospects. Graduates from our programme also have a sound foundation to pursue masters or PhD study in related fields.

Further study opportunities are available to graduates from our department including:

  • biotechnology and nanotechnology
  • chemical and pharmaceutical
  • basic and applied research institutes
  • government and public sectors (health services, quality control, forensic science and environmental protection).
Knowledge and Skills

By the time you graduate from the BSc Biological Sciences programme, you will:

  • understand major issues and challenges in biomedical sciences
  • be able to understand and describe biological systems
  • have the skills and understandings to design and conduct experiments and investigations
  • appreciate the moral, social and ethical issues associated with research and development in the biosciences.

Start Date of the Program

September

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students have completed A-levels of International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB: 30 points
  • SAT: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three SAT subject tests of at least 600 in each subject, if you took the SAT before March 2016.
  • AP: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three AP subjects at Grade 4 or above.

English Language Requirements

If you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.0 or above will take five credits EAP.

Application Deadline

30th June

Curriculum

Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

  • Biodiversity of animals, plants and microbes
  • Cell structure and function
  • Chemical principles of life
  • Introduction to biochemistry
  • Introduction to evolution and genetics
  • Biochemical methods and analysis
  • Molecular biology principles
  • Biology of microbes
  • Organic chemistry for biologists
  • Molecular biology techniques
  • Introduction to statistics
  • English language study skills III for science

Year Three

  • Genome expression and maintenance
  • Microbiology and virology
  • Molecular and cell biology techniques
  • Proteins in action
  • Higher organic chemistry for biologists
  • Advanced biochemical methods
  • Advanced genetics
  • Practical bioinformatics
  • Cell signalling
  • Microbial biotechnology
  • Structure and dynamics of biomolecules

Year Four

  • Biology of disease
  • Final year project
  • Gene expression and genome analysis
  • Molecular immunology
  • Biochemical messengers
  • Biotechnology
  • Protein structure and function

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB88,000 per year. The total for the 4 year program is 352000 RMB.

Fees for studying in the University of Liverpool, UK

Tuition Fee: GBP 12,000 – 16,000 (approximately)

Accommodation

The accommodation facilities are located within the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, where the University is situated. All accommodation within this area is private and managed by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development & Investment Limited Company (SIPEDI), and also provides to students studying at other institutions.

For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

Application

To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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