Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biological Sciences

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Course summary

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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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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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

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 points 1 science required (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, PE, Psychology).
A level 1 science required (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, PE, Psychology).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) BTECs in the following subjects will be considered: Applied Science, Forensic Science, Health and Social Care, Sport.
Access to HE Diploma 12 x Level 3 credits in a science subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points A science subject at Higher level is required. Maths Standard Level - Grade 4 English Standard Level - Grade 4
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths - Grade 4 GCSE English - Grade 4 GCSE Science - Grade 4

IELTS 6.0 overall. Reading 6.0. Writing 6.0. Listening 5.5. Speaking 5.5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14800 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that 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 new and returning Home and EU students. Fees are subject to agreement by the Office for Students.
Biological Sciences at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS