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  • Qualification

    Master of Biology - MBiol (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site (Newcastle)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Our newly developed, flexible, four-year Biology MBiol Honours degree includes a year of master's-level study and offers significant research experience.

Course overview

With a host of interesting environments on your doorstep, and access to world-leading research, this Biology degree will equip you with a wide-ranging knowledge of the subject.

This integrated master's biology degree explores all areas of biology and the living world, preparing you with the knowledge and practical skills needed as a biologist. You'll develop independent research skills with extensive projects in Stages 3 and 4, working alongside our world-leading research staff.

You'll also have the opportunity to specialise in topics such as biotechnology, microbiology and ecological survey techniques.

Our biology degree is designed to ensure you gain plenty of practical, career-ready experience through a variety of field courses, day excursions and lab-based classes.

Teaching methods

You'll be taught via a combination of methods, including lectures and interactive online classes.

Our field and lab based modules provide you with an exceptional basis to build practical experiences that enhance the scientific skills expected of a biology graduate.

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Your future

Recent graduates have taken roles such as:

  • researcher
  • environmental monitoring officer
  • science explainer at Newcastle's Centre for Life
  • science writer, within organisations such as RSPB, WWT, and Natural England

Many students also go on to further education, pursuing master's degrees, PHDs, postgraduate teaching qualifications, and medicine and law courses.

Having developed a broad range of transferable skills, you'll also have career prospects in industries as diverse as banking, start-ups and retail management, media production, and adventure tourism.

Application deadline

26 January

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Entry requirements

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A level : BBB - AAB

Including Biology and normally another science-related subject from: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Environmental Science or Geology. General Studies is excluded. Chemistry is preferred at A or AS level, but not essential. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. GCSE Mathematics minimum grade B or 6 if not offered at A or AS level.


University information

Newcastle University

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  • Campus address

    Newcastle University, King’s Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 7RU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    54th out of 100 22

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    135 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58.0 58%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%



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