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Oxford Brookes University

Biology

UCAS Code: CC10

Master of Biology - MBiol

Entry requirements


1 x science required.

12 x Level 3 credits in Science.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths - Grade 4 GCSE English - Grade 4 1 x futher GCSE - Grade 4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Science Standard Level - Grade 4 Maths Standard Level - Grade 4 English Standard Level - Grade 4

UCAS Tariff

128

Science required.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

5 years | Sandwich including industrial placement | 2018

8 years | Part-time | 2018

Subject

Biology

The MBiol Biology is designed for those students who are already interested in focusing on a career as a professional scientist. The Programme will avail students with an in-depth understanding of a specialised area of biology including Environmental Biology / Conservation, Evolution, Developmental Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Botany or Zoology. It will develop the ability to adapt and apply methodology to solve unfamiliar problems, along with a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of these fields. The Masters level Research Practice module is a key component of the final year, allowing the opportunity to pursue a negotiated and extensive research project within a research active group within the University or an external organisation preparing students for bioscience research and development careers.

Modules

Year 1 provides a foundation in biodiversity, cell biology, data analysis and chemistry. You will develop skills in safe laboratory and field working, data handling, statistics and information technology. Year 2 is the same as our BSc Biology degree and provides a foundation in the subject. In Year 3 you will do both compulsory and optional modules, including a module designed to prepare for the Research Practice in the fourth year. In Year 4, the Research Practice is undertaken within a research active group on an original topic specific to one of the following areas: environmental biology / conservation, evolution, developmental biology, cell and molecular biology, ecology, genetics, plant and animal biology. This research project comprises two thirds of the final year and develops research skills in greater depth and as well as substantial subject-specific specialisation, preparing you for a career in biology.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Oxford Brookes University

Department:

Biological and Medical Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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Biology (non-specific)

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.

£19,800
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
75%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Secretarial and related occupations
9%
Customer service managers and supervisors
6%
Natural and social science 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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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