Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biological Sciences

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Course summary

The MBiol Biological Sciences is designed for those students who are already interested in focusing on a career as a professional scientist. The Programme will avail students with an in-depth understanding of a specialised area of biology including Environmental Biology / Conservation, Evolution, Developmental Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Botany or Zoology. It will develop the ability to adapt and apply methodology to solve unfamiliar problems, along with a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of these fields. The Masters level Research Practice module is a key component of the final year, allowing the opportunity to pursue a negotiated and extensive research project within a research active group within the University or an external organisation preparing students for bioscience research and development careers. The MBiol Biological Sciences degree is a four year integrated Masters programme. The Programme is supported by cutting edge facilities and is taught by internationally recognised researchers within the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences (BMS) who integrate research within the delivery of the modules. The programme gives the opportunity to gain a balanced and extended knowledge of the biosciences and critical applications of key biological science concepts. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate competence in a range of practical procedures and techniques including experimental design, execution and interpretation, risk assessment, and good laboratory practice. They have the opportunity to embed theory, hone practical skills and enhance the use of analytical methods and procedures. The programme offers a wide choice of subjects with an extensive range of acceptable or optional modules available during the second, third and final years of the programme. Students will also have the opportunity to develop transferable skills, like communication, leadership, team work which are highly sought after by employers. The programme prepares effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies in the biological sciences. A BSc provides excellent training for careers both within science and in a wide range of other non-science sectors. However, further study beyond BSc level is becoming increasingly important for professional scientists, and this Programme offers a route to acquire higher-level specialisation and scientific experience sought by employers and UK PhD recruiters.

Course details

Assessment method

Assessment methods include reviews of the literature, laboratory/field notebooks, scientific reports, posters and oral presentations.


How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, to include 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)IELTS 6.0 overall. Reading 6.0. Writing 6.0. Listening 5.5. Speaking 5.5.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £1155 Module
Northern Ireland £1155 Module
Scotland £1155 Module
Wales £1155 Module
Channel Islands £1155 Module
EU £1900* Module
International £1900* Module

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years for both new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to continue to set fees at the maximum level permitted for both new and returning Home/EU students. Fees are subject to agreement by the Office for Students.

Sponsorship information

At Oxford Brookes, we have always warmly welcomed students from the EU. We deeply value the enormous contributions they make, and we will continue to do all we can to welcome EU students long into the future. We are therefore delighted to announce that we will be offering scholarships of £4,000 to all EU students who wish to join our degree programmes in the academic year 2021/22. If you meet the criteria, this scholarship will be applied automatically as a discount to your tuition fees across all years of study. For full details including eligibility criteria, please see our website at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/undergraduate-finance---eu-students/2021-22/financial-help-for-undergraduate-eu-students/

Biological Sciences at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS