Our three-year Biology BSc Honours degree is the widest-ranging of our BSc degrees, examining everything from micro-organisms to mammals, and biomolecules to the biosphere.
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:
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.
The quality of the Biology study experience at Newcastle is recognised with a very impressive overall satisfaction score of 97% in the National Student Survey 2014, ranking us 7th in the UK.
Biological Sciences at Newcastle also ranks in the top 100 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.
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:
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:
We also offer a vocational placement module, which enables you to enhance your CV by gaining academic credit for work in biology off campus.
This degree is run by the friendly School of Biology, located in the Ridley Building on Newcastle's city-centre campus.
My course is fascinating, we study such a large variety of topics and I love how the lecturers share their own research with us
I chose Newcastle University because of the teaching expertise and the reputation. I had heard about the high standard and also spoke with current students who reassured me about the wonderful time I would have if I chose Newcastle. Believe me they were right!