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University of Greenwich

Biology MBiol

UCAS Code: C100

Master of Biology - MBiol

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

UCAS Tariff

128

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.

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Biology

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.

Modules

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)

Assessment methods

Teaching and learning methods include:

Groupwork
Laboratory practicals
Investigations
Online problem solving.
Students are assessed through a mix of:

Written examinations
Course work
Case study reports
Problem-solving exercises
Critical reviews and analysis
Presentations
Scenario based assessments
Practical reports, together with independent project reports.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£8,250
for the whole course
England
£8,250
for the whole course
EU
£8,250
for the whole course
International
£12,500
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£8,250
for the whole course
Scotland
£8,250
for the whole course
Wales
£8,250
for the whole course

The Uni


Course location:

Medway (University Campus)

Department:

Life and Sports Science

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.

Biosciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate
322

After graduation


The stats in this section 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)

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.

£22,000
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Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Secretarial and related occupations
6%
Teaching and educational 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.

Biological and sport sciences

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

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£23k

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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