Our four-year Ecology and Environmental Biology MBiol Honours degree is very similar in content to our BSc but includes a year of Master's-level study, which offers significant research experience.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35 points
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You focus on plants, animals and micro-organisms, but with a strong focus on whole organisms and their roles in the environment.
You study specialist topics related to ecology and the environment, such as:
- population genetics
- wildlife management
- biodiversity conservation policy
Like our BSc students, you learn the scientific skills required by professional biologists. You take these to a higher professional level during your fourth year, where you work alongside our research active staff to explore advanced topics in ecology.
You will also enjoy a species identification field course, as well as a week-long project-based residential field course.
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