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Master of Biology - MBiol years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biology
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19.2k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

UCAS points from A-levels, including biology and chemistry at grade C or above. No more than 24 points should come from AS-levels including science. You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English language, mathematics and a science. You will be required to attend an interview. We will also accept: Alternative qualifications including National Diploma Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or foundation degree can be considered for entry into this degree in Year 2 or later.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

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Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The MBiol is a new programme offering breadth of study from cellular level through human biology to the global environment. It offers the same core options as Biomedical Science and Biological Science with further modules from year two onwards. These include Cancer Therapeutics – taught by a leading writer Lauren Pecorino and Neuroscience – which explores conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. There is also the option graduate after three years with a BSc Hons Biology degree. You will benefit from small laboratory class sizes and tutor support, as well as opportunities to attend lectures from other programmes such as biomedical science, human nutrition, pharmaceutical science, geography and environmental science. It also offers field work and practical laboratory opportunities. The aims of the programme are to develop: A multidisciplinary understanding of biology, from molecular to global level The learning, analytical, critical, and presentational skills to support career development The ability to investigate, document and analyse living systems and understand underlying philosophical, ethical and scientific paradigms The knowledge portfolio and skills needed to thrive in industry, academia or public sector Employment opportunities in the biomedical science, biotechnology, environmental consultancy, agribusiness and sustainable development sectors. The MBiol makes you valuable to an employer because of the emphasis on research with two original projects required in year three and four. Students have benefited from laboratory based experience in Spain, Turkey, United States and France. You can also apply for an extra diploma of industrial practice when you complete a placement. The MBiol's multidisciplinary structure offers the choice to study broadly or specialise. Modules do require a minimum number of students to run each year and may be subject to change. The programme is designed collaboratively between four of our departments: The Medway School of Pharmacy is a collaboration between the University of Greenwich and Kent University. It offers specialist teaching in pharmacy, pharmacology, physiology and chemistry. It scores consistently high marks in the National Student Survey each year The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) has a reputation for delivering high quality research, advice, teaching and training in support of global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction. Projects including partnerships with the UK Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Life and Sports Science is where you can specialise in topics, such as medical biochemistry, medical physiology or sports science (with professional football coaching). Some subjects are vocational and accredited by professional bodies, others provide entry to teaching and research Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Science underpins its teaching with world-class research. The department has strong interests in medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, metabonomics, bioactive materials, chemometrics, land remediation, geographical information systems and environmental conservation and chemistry.


Year 1 Students are required to study the following compulsory courses. Fundamentals of Biochemistry (30 credits) Practical and Professional Skills - Life Science (15 credits) Fundamental Biology (15 credits) Basic Chemistry for Life Science (15 credits) Plant, Animal and Insect Physiology (15 credits) Evolution and Biodiversity (15 credits) Ecological Fundamentals (15 credits) Year 2 Students are required to study the following compulsory courses. Metabolism and Disease (15 credits) Cell Biology and Immunity (15 credits) Genetics (15 credits) Microbiology and the Environment (15 credits) Ecology & Ecosystems (15 credits) Research and Professional Skills in Life Science (15 credits) Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options. Physiological Systems and Regulation (15 credits) Plant Science (15 credits) Biogeography and Conservation Ecology (15 credits) Pharmacology (15 credits) Animal Science and Environmental Physiology (15 credits) Year 3 Students are required to study the following compulsory courses. Project (Life Sciences) (30 credits) Planning for Personal and Professional Development (15 credits) Students are required to choose 75 credits from this list of options. Renal and Cardiovascular Biology (15 credits) Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (15 credits) Applied Plant Ecology (15 credits) Biotechnology for Crop Production (15 credits) Conservation and the Environment (15 credits) Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology (15 credits) Advanced and Clinical Immunology (15 credits) Animal Ecology (15 credits) Medical Microbiology (15 credits) Medical Biochemistry (15 credits) Neuropharmacology (30 credits) Insect Biology (15 credits) Year 4 Students are required to study the following compulsory courses. MBiol Project (60 credits) Research Methods for Postgraduates (15 credits) Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options. Agronomy and Crop Physiology (15 credits) Integrated Pest Management (15 credits) Advanced Neuroscience (15 credits) Inflammation, Immune Disease and Allergy (15 credits) Virology and Anti-virus Therapy (15 credits) Current Issues in Bioscience (15 credits) Climate Change and Ecological Footprinting (15 credits) Food Security (15 credits) Special Topics in Ecology (15 credits)

University of Greenwich

Students on Greenwich campus

The University of Greenwich offers students a chance to study at a choice of incredible locations on London’s doorstep. With a campus on a recognised World Heritage Site and our modern facilities in the new award–winning £76 million Stockwell Street development in the heart of Greenwich, open playing fields setting in Avery Hill in Eltham and the easily commutable Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime – the University of Greenwich has many advantages. And that’s without mentioning all the teaching, programmes, diversity, buzz and employment opportunities on offer.

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What do the numbers say for

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
26% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
52% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
25% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
322 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
76% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
24% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £19.2k MED
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Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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