Biology at Newcastle deals with all forms of life, ranging from micro-organisms to mammals, and from biomolecules to the biosphere. Our broad curriculum covers all life forms, and you will study specialist topics such as:
Our Biology BSc Honours degree provides the broadest range of topics from across the full spectrum of biology, and at all scales from molecules to the biosphere.
Through lab-based teaching and fieldtrips, we equip you with key laboratory and field techniques required by professional biologists. You also develop a wide range of transferable skills that are valued by a wide range of employers.
The first-year is shared with Cellular and Molecular Biology (C1C7), Ecology and Environmental Biology (C180) and Zoology (C300), allowing for easy transfer to another degree should you find your interests change.
Research-informed teaching plays an important role at Newcastle. Particularly in your third year, teaching is strongly informed by the School of Biology's research, meaning you are supervised and taught by experts at the forefront of developments in their field.
During the final year you have the chance to conduct your own research through one of our project modules. Your individual project can be:
On average, you will spend around a third of your time in contact with teaching staff for lectures, laboratory and field practical classes, computer sessions and in tutorial activities tied closely to key skills development. You may well find yourself spending as much time in the laboratory as the lecture theatre, or be off campus for half-day field trips.
Assessment is by examination and in-course assessment such as essays, presentations and laboratory reports. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
Biological Sciences at Newcastle ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
The quality of the Biology study experience at Newcastle is recognised with an overall satisfaction score of 92% in the National Student Survey 2013.
The 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 ecology, evolution, biochemistry, cell biology and genetics, and select a topic in agriculture, marine biology or psychology.
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.
You will benefit from access to purpose-built teaching laboratories as well as unique facilities on campus and in the surrounding area to support your practical learning. These include:
Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School of Biology's website.
The School of Biology at Newcastle is a friendly and vibrant place to study. We are based in the Ridley Building, on the University's city centre campus.
Small group teaching and student mentors are designed to help you settle into University life.
Our student-led society, BioSoc, provides plenty of opportunities for you to get to know people on your course, through social events and trips.
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!