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Aberystwyth University

Biology

UCAS Code: C109

Master of Biology - MBiol (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

To include B in Biology/Human Biology.

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-32

To include 6 points in Biology at Higher Level.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

To include a B in A-level Biology/Human Biology (or equivalent).

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biology

Biology significantly impacts our lives, improves our health and well-being through new ways to fight disease, secure food production and develop new biofuels and other important products. The discipline of Biology spans environmental, whole organism and cellular studies, today enhanced by a focus on the sequencing of whole genomes, analysis of their evolution and individual gene function and use of cutting-edge analytical techniques. This exciting course develops the breadth and depth of biological knowledge required to pursue a career as a professional scientist.

The course is ideal if you aspire to enter a career as a research scientist in Biology. Unlock your potential in an environment where you will be surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain, waterways, grassland and coast where you can investigate subjects such as genetics, cellular biology, animal behaviour, ecosystems, and humanity’s impact on the environment. Receive expert tuition in scientific protocol and hands-on lab work. The course is taught by well-known and leading experts in the Biology field in modern teaching facilities.

The course will be delivered through a balanced programme of lectures, student-led seminars, laboratory practical classes and one-to-one tutoring for the final year research project. In addition, there will be problem-based learning scenarios; case studies; literature-based research; computer-assisted learning; and work experience to support teaching and learning. You will receive thorough training in biological concepts and practical scientific methods. You will be assessed through numerous methods including essays, practical exercises, oral presentations, worksheets, reports, dossiers, posters, portfolios, reflective diaries, literature reviews, magazine articles, field notebooks and exams. You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Some of our graduates have gone on to careers within research science, clinical molecular genetics, nature conservation and to work in Education. Students who have completed a biology degree could also progress to further training in dentistry, medicine and science journalism.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the key contemporary topics in Biology. You will master the research process and contribute to the knowledge base of the subject through your final year research. Throughout this, you will encounter many opportunities to develop as a reflective, autonomous researcher. At all times you will have the support of expert academics working at the forefront of their field.

Studying to postgraduate level requires discipline and self-motivation. Though you will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of experienced IBERS staff, you will be responsible for devising and completing a final year research project. This process will strengthen your skills as a self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by all employers.

The MBiol (Biology) is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. The course is made up of a number of taught modules plus guided independent student centred study. This provides you with a framework which allows you to develop your subject knowledge, through pursuing specific areas of interest and develop your skills of original thought, analysis, interpretation and reasoning. Regular assessment through reports, essays, seminar presentations, précis and case studies will prepare you for the many demands of the modern workplace.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£15,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

TEF rating:

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,320
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
72%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

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