Our four-year Cellular and Molecular 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 biomolecules, organelles and cells, and how they all contribute to the function of organisms as a whole.
You will have the opportunity to choose from specialist topics such as:
- gene technology
- antimicrobial drug discovery
- genetically engineered organisms
Like our BSc students, you learn the lab-based scientific skills required by professional biologists. You build on these in your fourth year, where you work alongside our research active staff to explore advanced topics in biology.
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.
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