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MBiolSci 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

Not Available

% applicants receiving offers

93%

Subjects
  • Biology
Student score
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£20k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

AAA including Biology and a second science

Scottish Highers
AAAAB

AAAAB including a second science + B in Advanced Higher Biology Biology and Any Science subject.

Scottish Advanced Highers
B

Scottish Highers AAAAB including a second science + B in Advanced Higher Biology Biology at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of Not Available 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

93%

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.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

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

Modules

Year 1: Comparative physiology; ecosystems and environmental change; evolution; genes in populations; introduction to cell biology; principles of molecular biology; information technology skills in biology; laboratory skills; tutorials. Year 2: animal and plant science tutorials; data analysis; animal behaviour; animal population and community ecology; biodiversity; biotechnology and food; evolutionary biology; freshwater ecology; genomics, protemics and metabolomics; insects; invertebrates; palaeobiology; plant habitat and distribution; plant population and community ecology; plant, cell and environment; vertebrates; world ecosystems; animal diversity; animal ecology; biology projects; comparative genomics; environmental biology; insect biology; wildlife forensics. Year 3: project; biology undergraduate ambassadors scheme; dissertation; animal ecology and behaviour field course; behavior ecology and field course; biology and ethics; community ecology; conservation and management; cooperation and conflict; exotology; environmental microbiology and biotechnology; environmental regulation in plants; evolution of terrestrial ecosystems; global change; history and philosophy of science; issues in conservation biology; life in extreme environments; molecular ecology and conservation genetics; paratism; sex reproduction; social insects; soil insects; soil plant relationships; trends in biology; tropical rain forest, biology field course.

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Forget northern grit Sheffield is in the heart of a vibrant, student-friendly city mixed with halls in leafy suburbs on the edge of the Peak District. A red brick with a thoroughly modern outlook, an award-winning Students' Union complete with 47 sports clubs and more than 250 societies - and a 24-hour library makes for The Full Monty of a student experience.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
25%
75%

Year 1

26%
74%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

9%
91%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
80%
16%
4%

Year 1

56%
31%
13%

Year 2

37%
63%

Year 3

83%
17%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

98%

Feedback on work has been helpful

69%

Feedback on work has been prompt

64%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

77%

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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
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
58% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
429 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
94% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

8%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

7%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

7%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. 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). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
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