c1c7 - Biology (Cellular & Molecular Biology) BSc

Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology) BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C1C7 (3 or 4 Years)

Course Overview

This three-year BSc Honours degree covers plants, animals and micro-organisms.

Students working in the lab.

At a Glance


UCAS Institution Name and Code

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 or 4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35 points

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Work Placement

You focus on biomolecules, organelles and cells, and how they all contribute to the function of organisms as a whole.

You will study specialist topics including:

  • cell biology
  • molecular biology and development
  • biotechnology
  • immunology
  • genomics

You'll develop scientific skills required by professional biologists through lab-based sessions and a specialist week-long laboratory workshop on molecular techniques.

Boost your employability with an optional year-long work placement. Hosts may include commercial companies, such as MedImmune and GlaxoSmithKline, or a government laboratory, for example, in the NHS.

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Course Details

Our degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.

Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take one module from the following list:

You may have the flexibility to choose an alternative optional module from the wider University.

This first year is shared with Biology (C100), Biology (Ecology and Environmental Biology) (C180) and Zoology (C300), allowing for easy transfer to any of these before second year should your interests change.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take three modules from the following list:

Placement year (optional)

You may choose to spend the year between Stages 2 and 3 on a work placement, extending your degree to four years. This may take you into a commercial company (eg MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline) or a government laboratory (eg NHS), substantially improving your employability through real workplace experience.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one module from the following list:

You choose three modules from the following list:

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 


Biology careers

The range of skills that you acquire as a Biology or Zoology student opens the door to a wide variety of career options.

Some graduates go into jobs in research and development in:

  • biological industries
  • universities
  • the NHS and other organisations

Others go on to postgraduate training, undertaking an MSc or PhD.

Graduates have also pursued careers in areas such as:

  • sales and management in biological industries
  • environmental management
  • teaching
  • environmental education
  • science communication

Others use their degree as a stepping stone into very different careers, such as: banking and retail management; media production, event management and advertising; and adventure tourism.

Find out more about the career options for Biological Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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