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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

120
100%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Biology

Our MBiol Biology degree combines Bachelor’s-level modules with study leading to a Master’s degree.

This highly practical course will give you a comprehensive, multidisciplinary understanding of biology from the molecular to the global level. You will carry out two research projects, developing the analytical and problem-solving skills prospective employers are looking for.

The course has an international focus, enabling you to learn from global experts and undertake field trips and work placements abroad. Employment opportunities include industrial and medical research or work as a consultant in areas such as biomedical science, biotechnology or agribusiness. You could also follow this course with a PhD.

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
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

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?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Natural and social science professionals
26%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Caring personal services
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.

£16k

£16k

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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