Our Biology BSc Honours degree is the widest-ranging of our degrees, examining everything from micro-organisms to mammals, and biomolecules to the biosphere.
In the first year all our students study the same fundamental topics, such as plant biology, microbiology and ecology.
In later Stages, you will have a choice of specialist topics, many of which are linked to our research expertise, such as:
Lab-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 a week-long course on ecology, animal behaviour or 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 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
The first year is shared with other degrees in the School, providing all students with a thorough foundation in the essentials of the subject, and allowing for easy transfer before the second year should your interests change.
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:
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.
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!
The variety in my Biology degree was great, it gave me a taste for a really wide range subjects, some that I was familiar with and them some others that were completely new!