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University of Roehampton

Integrated Masters in Biological Sciences

UCAS Code: CC99

Master of Biology - MBiol

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biological sciences

Explore current developments and issues in the biological sciences to gain a strong foundation in a scientific discipline for further study, research or professional development. This four year degree integrates a three-year BSc Biological Sciences degree with a final year of training in Masters-level scientific skills.

Capture the essence of life and living organisms with this fascinating integrated BSc and Msc Biological Sciences degree, exploring the molecular, cellular and organismal biology essential for understanding modern biology. You will develop skills and understanding right across the biological disciplines.

You will study rapidly-developing areas such as biotechnology, which harnesses cellular and bimolecular processes to develop technologies and products to improve our heath, and recombinant DNA technology, which are DNA molecules formed by laboratory methods to create new sequences of DNA. You will also develop your understanding of traditional aspects of animal and plant biology and learn about the diversity and evolution of life.

This course offers you the opportunities to work in our state-of-the-art laboratories, participate in field trips, and conduct your own research projects. We offer exciting modules such as ‘Chemistry of Life’ where you will work in the laboratory to study the structure, evolution and biochemistry of the cell, ‘Human Ecology’ where you will learn the essentials of human diversity and adaptation, or ‘The Brain in Health and Disease’ where you will study the basis of neurobiology and the latest developments in brain research.

Modules

In your first year, you are introduced to the key areas of Biology including molecular biology, physiology, ecology, evolution and the diversity and details of the major animal and plant groups, while also gaining knowledge in basic biochemistry, and biometrics and data handling.

In your second year, you will have a choice of modules spanning the range of the biological sciences, allowing you to focus on the areas that interest you the most. Recent modules have covered topics including organisms and ecology; evolutionary biology and behaviour; and molecular biology, physiology and biomedicine. The core Research Methods module will give you the freedom to develop a research proposal on a biological topic of your choice. A residential field course in rural south Wales provides a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection.

In your third year, you may select advanced modules from any area of biology, and specialise further. An independent research project will account for one third of the final-year assessment and allows you the opportunity to collect seminal data on a topic of your choice under the tuition of an expert in the field. You will also have the opportunity to go on a field course in South Africa.

In your final year, you will focus on developing your skills at a higher level for scientific thinking and practice. You will immerse yourself in the scientific process through a module exploring the latest trends in the biological sciences, a module that further cements and then progresses your analytical research skills, and an 80-credit research project. Your dissertation will culminate in the analysis and reporting of new data you have collected, which is expected to be of publishable standard.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Roehampton

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
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Biological sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Biosciences

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.

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Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
91%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Teaching and educational professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

These stats refer to the prospects of graduates from general courses in biosciences. About a quarter go into further study and for those who go into work, bioscience, teaching and finance jobs are the most common types of employment. But you can go into most careers with this kind of degree — the majority of jobs for graduates don’t ask for a particular degree subject - and you will acquire a wide range of skills valued by many employers. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

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