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.
It includes a year-long work placement in a commercial or government setting, providing you with invaluable work experience to boost your employability.
In the first year all our students study the same fundamental topics, such as plant biology, microbiology and ecology. In later Stages, you will study specialist topics such as:
You will develop the scientific skills required by professional biologists through lab-based sessions, including a specialist week-long laboratory workshop. You'll also enjoy a range of daytrips and residential field courses.
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. 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 substantially improves your employability through real workplace experience. You engage with staff in the School of Biology and the Careers Service to arrange your own placement, providing the opportunity for networking and negotiating.
This degree is run by the friendly School of Biology, located in the Ridley Building on Newcastle's city-centre campus.
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.