c1c7 - Biology (Cellular and Molecular) BSc

Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology) BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C1C7 (3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree focuses on biomolecules, organelles and cells, and how they all contribute to the function of organisms as a whole.

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 Years

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

This degree covers plants, animals and micro-organisms. After studying our core biology curriculum in your first year, you go on to study specialist topics including:

  • cell biology
  • plant and animal physiology
  • immunology

Teaching in later Stages is strongly informed by our research expertise and includes topics such as:

  • biotechnology
  • genomics
  • animal ecophysiology
  • plant biology

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

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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

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.

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 with approval of the Degree Programme Director.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take three modules from the following list:

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one module from the following list:

You choose 30 credits 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. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry‌ (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


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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