School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Biology & Zoology

Undergraduate Biology and Zoology

Our biology courses get you exploring in the field and experimenting in the lab.

A Biology student using a well plate to look at samples in a one of our excellent labs.

Beyond the core modules, you can specialise in fields such as:

  • zoology
  • cellular biology
  • ecology and conservation

Teaching excellence

Our teaching is highly regarded. We achieve 90%+ consistently in the National Student Survey.

Our staff are regularly nominated in the Teaching Excellence Award scheme. This reflects how well regarded they are by our students.

Prof Angharad Gatehouse's research group was one of the first to produce insect-resistant transgenic crops. This is vital work in protecting crops in poverty-stricken countries from pests.

Our degrees ensure you gain the highest standard of practical experience. Lab and field work are given a high priority.

Quality and ranking

Biology at Newcastle University ranks:

  • 92nd – Life Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • Top 150 – Biological Sciences category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

What our students say


The teaching on my course has been excellent, and I like that the staff deliver a range of teaching formats, such as lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions. The staff are really supportive and helpful, and passionate about their subject.


The lecturers are really nice. Science can sometimes seem boring and complex but with passionate staff, the course is really interesting!

Choose a Biology or Zoology degree


Biology BSc

Our three-year Biology BSc Honours degree is the widest-ranging of our BSc degrees. You will explore all forms of life, from cells and molecules to whole organisms and ecosystems.

Biology (Cellular and Molecular) BSc

This degree examines plants, animals and micro-organisms. You will look at how they all contribute to the function of organisms as a whole.

Biology (Ecology and Conservation) BSc

This degree investigates plants, animals and micro-organisms. There's a strong focus on whole organisms and their roles in the environment.

Psychology and Biology BSc Joint Honours

This BPS-accredited degree allows you to combine the study of animal, plant and human biology with the study of human and animal behaviour.


Zoology BSc

Zoology is the scientific study of all forms of animal life. It includes how they behave, reproduce, evolve and interact with other species and their environment.

Animal Science

Animal Science BSc

This degree provides an in-depth study of how domestic animals behave and function, and could lead to a vocational career in the animal sector.

Applied Plant Science

Applied Plant Science BSc

You'll develop skills applicable to the development of crop technology, novel plant protection strategies and breeding new varieties of crop.

Integrated Masters courses

All our degrees are offered as Integrated Masters courses (MBiol), which combines undergraduate with postgraduate study.