Biological Sciences (MBiol)


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UCAS code: C110

Start dates: September 2024 / September 2025

Full time: 4 years, 5 years sandwich

Part time: 8 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

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If you’re interested in biology and advanced research and want to push yourself academically, then our MBiol Biological Sciences is for you. We’ve designed the course to give you the best start for a career in industrial or academic research.

The first 3 years have the same structure as the BSc Biological Sciences course, with a final year devoted to a major research project either in the lab or in the field. You’ll work alongside our world-leading academics and explore topics from genetics to biodiversity. You’ll gain a postgraduate degree after 4 years, or 5 years if you do a placement year.

The employment market for bioscience graduates is buoyant. Your skills in lab techniques, data handling, critical analysis, creativity and report writing are highly valued by employers. You’ll emerge as a self-assured and independent-minded postgraduate. A problem solver with the skills and knowledge to benefit organisations.

Our supportive staff are internationally renowned researchers, and we enjoy strong links with industry. As you journey to success, we’ll support you each step of the way.

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Student support

    We’re proud of our nurturing environment with good connections between staff and students. You’ll benefit from research-active tutors and small group sizes. This will support your academic and personal development.

  • Amazing facilities

    A range of teaching labs with industry-standard equipment. Including bioinformatics, image analysis and a wide range of light and electron microscopes.

  • Course flexibility

    Tailor the course to suit your interests. You can choose from a broad range of modules, starting with a foundation year if you need it, taking a year in industry or switching to our BSc at any time.

  • Strong industry links

    Our partners come from a range of organisations, from large multinational organisations to small and medium sized enterprises; including university spin-out companies (OET, MetaGuideX).

  • International exchanges

    Immerse yourself in a new place and culture. Step out of your comfort zone and experience what it’s like living and learning in a different country.

  • Free language courses

    Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

  • Study abroad

    You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

Course details

Course structure

Your first year will focus on developing basic science skills. You’ll explore core topics such as biodiversity, cell biology, and genetics. Your options include biochemistry and a residential field course.

In your second year, you’ll explore molecular biology, genomes, and take a deeper look at cell biology. Your options will include data carpentry, threatened species, microbiology, and the green planet. We’ll support you to prepare for your future career, whether that is a job or further education, with the option to take either a year long industry placement or a work experience module to advance your skills.

In your next two years of studies, you’ll focus on the development of your professional skills through modules across a wide range of specialities from molecular biology of cancer, business innovation, science communication to animal development or wildlife conservation. You’ll also do major research projects.

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Learning and teaching

You'll learn through applying theory in practical settings, either in the lab or the field. This develops your research and employment skills.

We teach you a wide range of skills, including:

  • molecular techniques for studying DNA, RNA and proteins
  • advanced light and electron microscopy
  • field-based methods for species and landscape assessment
  • key methodologies for studying evolution and developmental biology. 

You'll also apply fundamental biology to real life issues.


Our assessment methods include:

  • reviews of relevant literature
  • laboratory and field notebooks
  • scientific reports
  • posters 
  • oral presentations. 

These activities develop your digital and information literacy.

We design our assessments to shape and develop your learning. We use formative feedback to support your learning. This means we may or may not associate your feedback with a grade.

Field Trips

There is the opportunity to go on a one week residential field course in the Cevennes (France) at the end of your first year (Field course: Identification and Methods). This is often a highlight of the first year. The cost of the Field trip is included in your course fees. Depending on your choice of modules there are many other day trips with no extra costs.

Study modules

Teaching for this course takes place Face to Face and you can expect around 12 hours of contact time per week.
In addition to this, you should also anticipate a workload of 1,200 hours per year. Teaching usually takes place Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 6.00pm.
Contact hours involve activities such as lectures, seminars, practicals, assessments, and academic advising sessions. These hours differ by year of study and typically increase significantly during placements or other types of work-based learning.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Cell Biology and Genetics

    Cell biology is the study of how cells work and how they differentiate to form multicellular organisms. 

    This module is your introduction to cell function - you'll study the different types of molecules within cells and build your knowledge about cellular organelles and their functions. You’ll explore the increasing levels of complexity and the diversity of cell types that have arisen through evolution.  

    On this module you’ll also look at genetics. What are genes and how do they work to bring about the traits that we observe in organisms? We'll examine cell division in detail and look at how DNA is transcribed into RNA which translates into proteins that do most of the work in the cell.

  • Communicating Science

    For impact, scientific research findings need to be communicated to reach the relevant audience in a timely manner. The relevant audience can be:

    • researchers
    • policy makers
    • public. 

    Science can be communicated by written reports to oral presentations. 

    On this module you’ll have Personal and Academic Support Scheme tutorials over your first year. You’ll receive the support and guidance to adjust to the academic demands of university. Also you will develop key skills like:

    • reading
    • critical thinking
    • literature searching
    • reporting 
    • presentation in various formats  
    • presenting to varied audiences.
  • Quantitative Skills for Life Sciences

    On this module you’ll be introduced to, build upon and practice the key quantitative skills for science. 

    Your key module areas will include:

    • hypothesis testing
    • designing scientific investigations
    • applying mathematical topics 
    • principles and application of statistical methods
    • using statistical software 
    • reporting in scientific research. 

    The timing of this module will help you to practise these skills incrementally on your other first year modules.

  • Biodiversity

    On this module you'll explore the diversity of life. Looking at classification and the theory of evolution, that links all biology and the interactions between organisms and their environment. Then you’ll examine major structures and patterns in:

    • plants
    • animals 
    • fungi.

    Looking at how they vary within each kingdom and the interrelationships of some of the phyla. You'll learn about how structure is related to function, within the ecological context and you'll also look at the importance of each group. 

    By the end of this module you'll have a deep knowledge of interactions between plants and animals; the interactions that are both antagonistic and mutualistic, and the wider environment. You’ll also develop your understanding of the functioning of ecosystems and the biosphere.

  • Introduction to Biochemistry A

    This module is an introduction to the chemical principles that underpin cellular functions. You’ll study the chemical concepts that range from stoichiometry and reactions, chemical bonds and structures through to chemical equilibrium and chemical change, taking in the organic chemistry of cell macromolecules:

    • DNA
    • Proteins
    • Carbohydrates
    • Lipids.

    This will help you build crucial knowledge and skills for the field of biological sciences.

Optional modules

Introduction to Biochemistry B

You'll build your knowledge of chemical concepts. You’ll study energetics and cellular metabolism to biochemical change (enzyme kinetics and mechanisms) and you’ll consider cellular macromolecules, broadly looking at:

  • bioenergetics
  • cellular metabolism
  • enzyme kinetics
  • protein structure and function. 

You'll further develop and progress your knowledge and skills in Biochemistry and what you also learnt on the module Introduction to Biochemistry A.

Field Course: Identification and Methods

Develop your key field study skills during a week-long residential field course to an area with a rich natural history, habitat and landscape diversity. Your field-work will comprise of various group activities focussing on identification of terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna - ecological sampling techniques for terrestrial and aquatic environments - quantitative description and analysis of group data, and designing field investigations. 

This field course is early in the summer vacation, and is preceded by assessed preparatory exercises in Semester Two.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Molecular Biology

    In this module, you’ll be introduced to cell biology at a molecular level. Your study will incorporate exploration of the fascinating science behind combined genetic and molecular approaches leading to fundamental biological concepts and cellular processes.

    Through a combination of practical work and theory-based activity, you’ll be trained in laboratory techniques and introduced to experimental evidence central to your understanding of genetic engineering, and modern molecular tools.

    You’ll pay particular focus to the history of evolution (phylogeny), the study of relationships between living organisms and their physical environment (ecology), and how genetic variation is passed down to successive generations (evolution), all of which shall complement the Genetics module.

  • Cell Biology

    You'll unravel key research ideas that are helping today’s biologists solve some of the world’s biggest biology questions. The fundamental concept of cell biology is the understanding of how organisms develop and how they interact and respond to their environment.

    You’ll investigate molecular cell structures from animals, plants and fungi through a combination of practical experimental laboratory techniques and theoretical research. You'll be introduced to fascinating established methods such as fluorescent microscopy of living cells.

    You’ll explore recent advances in cell biology such as novel treatments and therapies for diseases, cell processes such as cell division, and the impact of the environment on biological systems. You’ll also take a closer look at the composition of a cell – its’ components and intrinsic functions. By the end of this module, you'll have an excellent grasp of cell biology, which will allow you to progress to more advanced and specialised topics.

  • Career Development

    In this module, you’ll learn essential training in professional career management skills, designed to assist you in actively planning and preparing for your future career. You’ll explore a career development cycle, starting with discovering your potential, considering opportunities within job roles, postgraduate study or training.

    On completion of this module you’ll feel confident about competing in the graduate job market, whether you are applying for work placements or graduate jobs. You can expect to get hands-on with practical involvement from the university’s Career Consultants and employers.

    After completion of this module you should have a clearer idea of where your career values lie, and a greater understanding of how you may realise your career aspirations.

  • Interrogating genomes

    You’ll learn to turn biological data into meaningful information in this module. Interpretation of data in the biological science world is more important than ever, and bioinformatics is an increasingly integral part of modern biological research. As part of your study, you’ll be introduced to computational thinking in biological sciences, enabling you to analyse, interpret, visualise and present data sets.

    You’ll use your programming skills to tailor bespoke solutions to biological problems, make new discoveries, develop capacity for considering data-driven results, and reveal new insights from your findings. You’ll be introduced to the two most important molecules in cell biology, RNA and DNA, from a bioinformatics perspective. On completion of this module, you’ll be well placed to forge a career with excellent employment prospects within life sciences, biotechnology, or the pharmaceutical industry. 

Optional modules

Data Carpentry

In this module, you’ll learn how to manage ‘big data’ and machine learning techniques for drawing meaningful Biological Science conclusions. You’ll get interactive and hands-on with the fundamentals of programming and analysis across biological, statistical and computer science elements. In addition, you’ll get up to speed on managing and communicating data from diverse biological disciplines using the R language for statistical computing. On completion of this module you’ll gain highly transferable skills from across a range of disciplines, making you an asset for both research and employment.  

Animal Developmental Biology

The growth of an animal from a single embryonic egg is a fascinating notion that you'll explore in this module. Through a mixture of practice and theory, you’ll explore developmental themes based on animal development, including the different stages of embryonic growth, tissue specification, biological mechanisms, and gene regulation.

You’ll be encouraged to investigate deeper into biological development themes to draw fascinating insights about this subject. On completion of this module you'll have gained a broad overview of the development process and regulation in animals. This module will present you with an in-depth introduction to the principles of developmental biology, and provide a broad overview of development processes and their regulation in animals.


This fascinating applied science module will introduce you to the study of bacteria, yeasts, viruses and protozoa, from a protein and molecular gene level. You’ll be exploring the structures, metabolism, regulatory signals, replication and growth exhibited by microorganisms.

The importance of microbiology spans medicine and communities, as we attempt to control microbials in hospitals, yet also seek to employ microbes to benefit us as human beings through live cultures and biotechnological advances.

Through this module you'll explore the interaction and impact of microbes on humans along with an introduction to the challenges facing medical interventions against pathogenic microbes in different parts of the world. Your study will involve practical aseptic laboratory techniques designed to train you in working safely with microbiological organisms and will give you the opportunity to plan and execute simple experimental procedures. 

The Green Planet

Without plants, life on Earth would look very different to what it is now. Plants provide us with energy and food, shelter, and the oxygen that we are breathing.

In this module, you’ll explore how important plants are in tackling global issues like climate change, sustainability, preserving biodiversity, finding new medicines, understanding societal inequalities, and living a healthy life. You'll study the fundamental biology of plants: how they grow, reproduce, and interact with bacteria, viruses, animals, and abiotic stresses like heat or drought. You'll learn to appreciate the diversity of flowers, and how pollination drove their evolution.

You'll discover how plants produce energy, oxygen, sugars and other components that are essential for life on Earth, as well as about cutting-edge research, gaining knowledge of pollen biology using a scanning electron microscope. In addition, you’ll be given the chance to create a science article all about your chosen plant genus. 


Explore how genetics has revolutionised our understanding of genetic inheritance on many levels, from individuals to population and evolutionary connections from our ancestors to descendants. In this fascinating module, you’ll gain an insight into how certain genes are transferred from parents to offspring, in addition to exploring quantitative, population, ecological and evolutionary genetics. You’ll practice your abilities to analyse and interpret genetic data, enabling you to enhance your general numeracy and research competence skills, increasing your employability into science institutions as a result. 

Biochemistry of Cell Function

In this module you'll take several approaches to exploring mammalian tissue cells, including the chemical make-up and nature of compounds that are involved in cellular processes. You'll implement biochemical knowledge to research examples of diseases caused by malfunction of these processes and identify biochemical relationships between events at cellular level as well as at systemic level. You’ll put your skills into action with the most relevant biomedical diagnostic techniques. By the end of this module you'll have a clearer understanding of how the biochemical aspects of cell function determine the outcome of cell processes. 

Threatened Species

Study the biological realms of our global plight to rescue our world’s critically endangered species from extinction. You’ll be introduced to the challenges of saving endangered species, most importantly, the role of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and captive populations. You'll investigate conservation genetics and how these specific environments are managed, while exploring in-situ versus ex-situ conservation.

You’ll create a research project about a specific threatened species of your choice and consider how climate change increasingly impacts how populations use landscapes. You’ll draw links between biodiversity and key approaches to conservation landscapes.

You’ll interact with species reintroduction programmes, managing island flora and fauna, and you'll explore the ethical and educational aspects surrounding ex-situ collections.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of how biologists play an integral part in saving today’s endangered species.  

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Industrial placement

An Industrial Placement helps you get experience of applying science in a practical environment. You will develop practical skills that enhance your employability. On placement you gain an insight into various aspects of working in a scientific environment. Although it is your responsibility to secure your placement our team will do everything we can to assist you. We can suggest suitable employers through our network of industry contacts. You should look carefully into the financing of placements but this is something we will guide you through every step of the way.

Work experience module

On the 'Work Experience' module you will spend at least 115 hours in a working environment relevant to your subject. This is equal to 3 weeks full time work. The module involves reflecting on your interests and career aspirations. By approaching potential employers about opportunities in their organisations you can enhance your employability. Although it is your responsibility to secure your work experience there's lots of support available. Your subject lead, academic advisor or dissertation supervisor all have a wide range of contacts with suitable organisations. There may be some costs such as travel associated with work experience and these are not included in the course tuition fees.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

  • Research Project

    You’ll have the opportunity to pursue a sustained research effort in the area of nutrition, and gain an in-depth understanding of a specific area of nutrition knowledge through data collection. You will be allowed to do this either individually or in a group, with a supervisor, to develop and enhance your research. You’ll gain confidence in reflecting effectively on your academic studies and research methodology, as well as improving your analytical skills and critical self-awareness. You’ll get to choose your dissertation subject in agreement with your supervisor and module lead, and you’ll be encouraged to explore a range of issues related to nutrition. You’ll find that you will acquire skills and attributes that are valuable to your personal development and future career options. 

  • Professional Skills and Techniques

    You’ll focus on the development of your professional skills and personalise your career ambitions. You’ll select your study elements, which will allow you flexibility and draw upon your research expertise and links with external partners. Some of the wide range of topics you’ll cover will be relevant to your degree, such as advanced microscopy, protein biochemistry, species identification, geographic information systems, entrepreneurship or science communication. You’ll gain hands-on experience on how to competently perform techniques, and you’ll hear from professionals working in the sector, who will provide an insight into their career. You'll learn how you can make a difference in the world and existing job market with the new knowledge and skills you’ll gain. Self-reflection is encouraged on this module, and you’ll get the chance to demonstrate your learning through a written report, talk, poster, leaflet, protocol, or oral viva.

  • Independent Study in Life Sciences

    You'll have the opportunity to choose a topic that is relevant to your programme. You'll get the chance to immerse yourself in the production of a detailed project plan for your Masters year project/dissertation, and you’ll have access to Moodle where you’ll be able to view your module learning contract template and find all the information you need to successfully complete your independent study.

Optional modules

Advanced Genetics and Genomics

You'll learn about major theoretical and technological advances in Genetics and Genomics, and their significance in addressing challenges in biological and medical research. You’ll focus on the variation of population history, selection inference, and analysing variation in complex traits. You’ll also explore the use of comparative genomics and the evolutionary relatedness among groups of organisms (phylogenetics) to make connections between evolutionary relationships, and investigate genome evolution.

Your learning journey will encompass microbiomes in human health and ecosystems, and the study of gene function. You’ll get hands on with key techniques such as retrieval of data from public resources, population statistics, genome-wide association studies, gene annotation, transcriptome analysis, transcription factor binding prediction and characterisation of epigenetic modifications. You’ll devise a research programme addressing a current challenge in biological and medical science.

Advanced Cell Biology and Bio-imaging

Immerse yourself in most exciting research and developmental topics surrounding microscopic cell biology and bio-imaging analysis. In this module, you will gain an in-depth insight and appreciation of the molecular mechanisms at play in the cell biology of mammals, yeast and plants. You’ll investigate some of the techniques underpinning the latest associated research in the field, and dive into an exploration of fundamental biological processes in topics such as cell signalling and interacting proteins, the endomembrane system, and the cell cycle. Innovative advanced experimental bio-imaging has opened up new avenues to implement highly powerful experimental methods for investigation of cell biology. Light microscopy techniques will allow you to probe important biological questions, observe living cells of animals and plants, and measure intracellular processes including protein interactions in different biological situations.

Advanced Topics in Wildlife Conservation

If you’ve ever been interested in the strategies behind conserving wildlife, this module is for you. You’ll study and identify key concepts which will support your ability to formulate solutions for protecting biodiversity at the local and landscape scale. You’ll focus your learning on core conservation issues, with consideration of controversies and alternative approaches to the practical issues involved in land management for successful conservation. You’ll build on your foundational knowledge from previous modules. As your study progresses you'll gain a practical and theoretical understanding of wildlife conservation and the environmental issues that threaten species. 

Animal Neurobiology and Behaviour

In this module, you’ll explore the neurobiological mechanisms underlying behaviour in animals. This will include taking a close look at memory acquisition, learning and cognition, perception and consciousness at an individual level as well as in a social and ecological setting. To begin with, you’ll investigate the mechanisms behind what drives animal behaviour. You’ll be introduced to an overview of the structure, development and evolution of the nervous systems of different groups of animals. You’ll then delve deeper and explore the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal communication processes responsible for the homeostatic regulatory systems and production of complex behaviours. Furthermore, you’ll look at major technological advances that have played a highly powerful role in the treatment of neurological disorders. 

Evolution and Animal Development

Understanding the evolution and diversity of animals is a fundamental basis for the growth of both science research and conservation. In this module, you’ll explore the contemporary view of animal diversity and delve into the process by which animal diversity occurs through process of evolution. You’ll explore the evolutionary significance of animals and patterns of diversity at various timescales and levels of the evolutionary journey. You’ll follow the development from egg (cell) to adult in a variety of animal species and will look at comparisons between developmental programmes. You’ll investigate how altering expression patterns in a set of toolkit genes can give rise to morphological variation, both over evolutionary time and in response to environmental variation.

Molecular Biology of Cancer

This fascinating module will introduce you to the fundamentals of cancerous cells at a molecular level. You’ll explore the nature and causes of cancer with particular emphasis on the underlying biological mechanisms. You’ll investigate the role of oncogenes, tumour suppressor genes, and cell signalling. Furthermore, you’ll explore other cellular processes such as the cell cycle, apoptosis, cell growth and division, and DNA repair in cancer development. You’ll find that a special focus around the concepts of the ‘hallmarks of cancer’ will also introduce you to the emerging field of cancer genomics as well as cover the therapeutic options for tumour patients. 

Science and Humanity

Science has had an impact on all aspects of our lives, and overall, you’ll learn how to set that influence in its social and historical context, in this module. You’ll address alternative views of the world, how they have been developed or replaced in the context of science, and have a clear look at the strengths and weaknesses of a scientific world view. You’ll explore ideas about the value of other life forms and consider environmental philosophy. You’ll take a refreshing perspective on modern contentious ideas and possibilities such as Genetic Modification, organic farming, fracking, stem cell research, manipulation of the human genome and designer babies. In addition, you’ll turn your focus to the political, economic, and moral context of the current environmental crisis. 

Work Experience

This module will involve a supervised work-based learning experience. You will get the opportunity to spend a minimum of 60 hours in a working environment that is relevant to your career path. You’ll gain key skills in reflective practice and professional development, and will learn how to present your insights in a written essay and in a video. By the end of this module you'll have obtained useful skills to enhance your future job applications and further your career. 

Year 5 (or Year 4 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

  • Research Practice Project

    The module is a period of research practice in a professional working environment. The objective is to augment and develop the skills and competencies delivered by the degree programme, and to practice science in a working context. The period of research practice will allow you to apply the knowledge and learning gained in your academic training while carrying out your own supervised research in an active research environment. The research will be related to, and draw on, the theoretical knowledge and skills already acquired during the first three years of your degree programme. You'll gain scientific and interpersonal skills which complement the learning experience delivered by taught modules. The research practice carried out as a team member within an active research environment will therefore contribute to the training of talented students interested in careers as practising scientists.

Optional modules

Introductory Bioinformatics

In this module, you’ll immerse yourself within the realms of genetic and population genetic concepts that form the basis of genome analysis. You’ll get involved in computing practical lessons using a series of bioinformatics tools, widening your knowledge of the programming languages and software platforms that are used in genomic research today. If you’re ready to tackle the interpretation of biological data and apply them in the design of experiments to form the basis for biological research, then this module is for you. Bioinformatics careers will take you into forensics, environmental, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology-related sectors.

Advanced Molecular Techniques

In this module you'll refresh and advance your knowledge of the basic concepts in molecular biology such as DNA structure, DNA replication, DNA mutation and repair, and gene expression. You’ll also consider how these study areas point to different ‘omics’ of modern research, for example, in genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. You’ll widen your horizons, taking a closer look at exciting mainstream methodologies including DNA cloning, PCR, quantitative PCR, microarrays, RNA interference and CRISPR/Cas. You’ll immerse yourself in the fascinating world of biological processes and explore various aspects of human disease. You’ll enjoy interactive sessions as you put techniques to the test in laboratory-based practical work, deepening your understanding of the vast range of scientific applications. 

Genome Science

Have you ever been fascinated by the intricate details of the genome? This insightful module will introduce you to the ins and outs of genome sequencing. You’ll delve into the current trends of high-throughput genome sequencing methods and strategies for sequence assembly. You’ll grapple with the relationship between genome structure and protein function where you’ll get interactive with bioinformatics tools to discover findings. You’ll engage in weekly bioinformatics workshop deepening your knowledge of genomic variation.

Ecology for Conservation

This module introduces appropriate theory and methods together with examination of areas of controversy and best practice for habitat and species conservation and monitoring.

Taxonomy and Identification

This module develops taxonomic skills by asking you to focus on the processes of identification of species and recognition of key characteristics of selected taxonomic groups. Skills are learned through practical studies in the field and the use of collections and appropriate taxonomic tools.

Independent Study

You’ll be given the opportunity to create a written piece on a topic of your choice relevant to your programme of study. Your write-up will extend the learning you’ve achieved earlier in modules. You’ll agree on which topic you’d like to focus on with your supervisor, and with approval from the Subject Examination Committee, in the semester prior to the one in which the study is to be undertaken. 

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.


This degree offers a solid foundation for either postgraduate entry to a scientific career or preparation for doing a PhD. Our graduates are highly prized by employers as they bring an array of valuable skills into the workplace. Popular industries for bioscientists include:

  • biopharmaceuticals
  • bioscience, biotechnology, and healthcare
  • environmental agencies
  • environmental consultancies
  • food and drink industries
  • horticulture
  • government or charity-funded laboratories
  • universities and research institutes
  • sequencing and validation scientist
  • microbiologist
  • science communication.

Graduate employers have included biotechnology firms including start-ups, various hospitals, and conservation organisations. Some continue onto PhDs, including internally funded PhDs.

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Entry requirements

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


International qualifications and equivalences

Tuition fees

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2024 / 25
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2025 / 26
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Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

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Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

You will need to buy some basic personal protection equipment for laboratory practicals (lab coat, safety glasses), at a cost of around £25.

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