This degree focuses on biomolecules, organelles and cells, and how they all contribute to the function of organisms as a whole. It covers plants, animals and micro-organisms, and includes a work placement.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35 points
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This degree follows the same programme as our Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology) BSc Honours degree, but includes a year-long work placement.
You'll develop scientific skills required by professional biologists through lab-based sessions and a specialist week-long laboratory workshop on molecular techniques.
A year-long work placement between Stages 2 and 3 lets you put your learning into practise and boosts your employability when you graduate.
Host companies include commercial companies, such as MedImmune and GlaxoSmithKline, or government laboratories, for example, in the NHS.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Biological Sciences at Newcastle ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.
Shared first yearShared first year
The first year is shared with other degrees in the School, providing all students with a thorough foundation in the essentials of the subject.
This shared first year provides you with a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of biology, through topics such as the diversity of form and function in animals, plants and micro-organisms.
You also study modules in:
- cell biology
- a topic from a choice in agriculture, marine biology or psychology
You can transfer to one of our other degrees before the second year should your interests change (subject to achieving the appropriate grades).
Laboratory experienceLaboratory experience
All of our Biology and Zoology degrees are designed to ensure that you gain practical experience. Practical laboratory experience is emphasised in several modules, including a week-long laboratory workshop providing training in the application of molecular techniques that are sought after in the industrial and research sectors.
There are also day excursions that take advantage of our unique geographic location close to a variety of natural habitats, from Northumberland National Park to the stunning local coastline.
We also offer a vocational placement module, which enables you to enhance your CV by gaining academic credit for work in biology off campus.
Work placementWork placement
Between Stages 2 and 3, you have the opportunity to spend the year on a work placement.
This substantially improves your employability through real workplace experience.
Hosts may include commercial companies, such as MedImmune and GlaxoSmithKline, or a government laboratory, for example, in the NHS.
Staff in the School of Biology and the Careers Service will help you to arrange your own placement.
Facilities and support
This degree is run by the friendly School of Biology, located in the Ridley Building on Newcastle's city-centre campus.
- a field station which has a glasshouse complex and dedicated teaching facilities
- two University farms in Northumberland, which are used as demonstration facilities for students
- purpose-built teaching laboratories
- an on-campus museum