School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Biology & Zoology

Undergraduate Biology and Zoology

Our Biology courses get you exploring in the field and experimenting in the lab.

A Biology student using a well plate to look at samples in a one of our excellent labs.

Beyond the core modules, you can specialise in fields such as:

  • zoology
  • microbiology
  • ecology and conservation
  • biochemistry
  • genomics
  • biodiversity

Teaching excellence

Our teaching is highly regarded. We achieve 90%+ consistently in the National Student Survey.

Our staff are regularly nominated in the Teaching Excellence Award scheme. This reflects how well regarded they are by our students.

Prof Angharad Gatehouse's research group was one of the first to produce insect-resistant transgenic crops. This is vital work in protecting yield in poverty-stricken countries from crop pests.

Our degrees ensure you gain the highest standard of practical experience. Lab and field work are given a high priority.

Quality and ranking

Biology at Newcastle University ranks:

  • 92nd – Life Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • Top 150 – Biological Sciences category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017


96% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment, more than three quarters (85.5%) achieved a professional or managerial position.

Our recent graduates have secured employment with leading organisations, such as:

  • Durham Wildlife Trust
  • Bidwells
  • Co-operative Farms
  • Harbro Ltd

Our graduates are highly sought after by leading companies in a wide variety of industries such as:

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

Graduates can go into research/development in biological industries, universities and the NHS.

Our graduates are sought in a wide variety of arenas such as:

  • conservation
  • animal behaviour
  • conservation research
  • biodiversity science
  • field identification
  • population genetics

Graduates can go into research/development in biological industries, universities and the NHS.

What our students say


The teaching on my course has been excellent, and I like that the staff deliver a range of teaching formats, such as lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions. The staff are really supportive and helpful, and passionate about their subject.


The lecturers are really nice. Science can sometimes seem boring and complex but with passionate staff, the course is really interesting!

Our facilities include excellent teaching and research labs. They cater for our specialisms, which include:

  • protein analysis
  • microscopy
  • computing/data analysis
  • chemical analysis and HPLC

We also have access to two farms, specialist plant growth facilities and the Great North Museum collections.

Optional field trip to Thailand or Africa

There's an opportunity to do conservation research during a 12-day trip either at Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve in Thailand or Lajuma Research Centre in South Africa..

Residential field course

This project-based residential field course takes place in third year. Current locations include Northumberland National Park, Millport and Crete. You can also take an optional mammal surveying skills module in the UK.

Day excursions

Day excursions take advantage of our unique geographic location close to a variety of natural habitats, from Northumberland National Park to the stunning local coastline, including the Farne Islands.

Choose a degree

Biology BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, IB: 32-34 points - Our three-year Biology BSc Honours degree is the widest-ranging of our BSc degrees. You will explore all forms of life, from cells and molecules to whole organisms and ecosystems.

Biology (Cellular and Molecular) BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, IB: 32-34 points - This degree examines plants, animals and micro-organisms. You will look at how they all contribute to the function of organisms as a whole.

Biology (Ecology and Conservation) BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, IB: 32-34 points - This degree investigates plants, animals and micro-organisms. There's a strong focus on whole organisms and their roles in the environment.

Zoology BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, IB: 35 points - Zoology is the scientific study of all forms of animal life. It includes how they behave, reproduce, evolve and interact with other species and their environment.

Psychology and Biology BSc Joint Honours >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAA-AAB, IB: 35 points - This BPS-accredited degree allows you to combine the study of animal, plant and human biology with the study of human and animal behaviour.

Animal Science BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB-BBB, IB: 32-35 points - This degree provides an in-depth study of how domestic animals behave and function, and could lead to a vocational career in the animal sector.

Applied Plant Science BSc >>

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, IB: 32-35 points - You'll develop skills applicable to the development of crop technology, novel plant protection strategies and breeding new varieties of crop.

Integrated Masters courses

Some of our degrees are offered as Integrated Masters courses (MBiol), which combines undergraduate with postgraduate study.