Our three-year Biology BSc Honours degree is the widest-ranging of our BSc degrees, dealing with all forms of life, at all scales, from the global to the molecular.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35 points
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In the first year, all students study core biology modules, giving you a strong foundation in the subject.
In later stages, you will have a choice of specialist topics, many of which are linked to our research expertise, such as:
- molecular biology, genomics and development
- plant-animal interactions
- biodiversity and conservation
Lab and field-based sessions equip you with the scientific skills required by professional biologists.
You gain practical experience through a species identification course, and a choice between an intensive project-based field course or laboratory workshop examining the application of molecular techniques.
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).
All of our Biology and Zoology degrees are designed to ensure that you gain practical experience. You have the opportunity to take part in a number of field courses including the courses detailed below.
Species identification field course
This field course takes place in second year, providing skills that are sought after in the environmental sector.
Residential field course
The week-long residential field course in third year is on ecology or animal behaviour