This degree covers plants, animals and micro-organisms, with a strong focus on biomolecules, organelles and cells, and how they all contribute to the function of organisms as a whole through specialist topics such as:
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.
You have the opportunity to further boost your employability by taking an optional year-long work placement, either in a commercial company such as MedImmune or GlaxoSmithKline, or in a government agency such as the NHS or Environment Agency.
The first-year of this degree is shared with Biology (C100), Ecology and Environmental Biology (C180) and Zoology (C300), allowing for easy transfer to another degree should you find your interests change.
Biological Sciences at Newcastle ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
The quality of the Biology study experience at Newcastle is recognised with an overall satisfaction score of 92% in the National Student Survey 2013.
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.
The first year is shared allowing for easy transfer before the second year should your interests change. You can transfer to:
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 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. Practical laboratory experience is emphasised in several modules, 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 may spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 on work placement in a commercial company (eg MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline) or a government laboratory (eg NHS). This extends your degree to four years. This can substantially improve your employability through real workplace experience.
You work with staff in the School of Biology to arrange your own placement, enhancing your networking and negotiating skills.
UK and EU students have the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study abroad exchange.
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 went to one of the biology open days which I found really useful as it gave me a better idea of how the degree worked, what modules I would study and what other opportunities there were for me. Newcastle was a place where I could see myself living and studying.