What will I learn?
Providing a firm grounding in the entire scale of biological systems, this flexible course covers topics from molecules to ecosystems. You’ll be able to tailor modules to your career ambitions and interests by specialising in areas including genetics, microbiology, ecology, virology, physiology and infection. It forms the ideal platform for a career in many areas related to biology, such as research or science publishing.
You will learn in a supportive environment, maintaining regular contact with a personal academic tutor. The course will enrich your understanding of the health and wellbeing of humans and animals, the biology of molecules and cellular systems, and the biological challenges facing us in a changing world. You will develop the research and analysis, presentation, communication, problem-solving and writing skills that are essential in all employment sectors.
Following an in-depth foundation in biology, biochemistry and genetics in your first year, the course allows you to focus on specialist fields with more project-oriented lab work covering areas such as cell biology, genetics and ecology in your second year. You can also attend an optional field course subsidised by the School (a financial contribution is required), with recent destinations including Pembrokeshire (Wales) and the CEBIMar, São Sebastiãn (Brazil). In your third year you’ll study a core module in Dynamics of Biological Sytems and complete a challenging full-time research project on an area of particular academic interest. This may be lab-based, involve data analysis or fieldwork and will give you invaluable experience of applying your subject knowledge to real-life workplace challenges.
In your fourth year you will undertake a further extended research project within the School or on an industrial placement. This will give you invaluable experience of applying your subject knowledge to real-life workplace challenges.
How will I learn?
You will have weekly (first year) and fortnightly (second and third years) taught tutorials, which are in small groups to ensure that you are able to develop, and receive regular feedback on assessment.
Purpose-built teaching facilities are fully integrated with research laboratories, meaning you will be learning alongside teaching and research staff who are at the cutting edge of their fields. You will spend one or two days a week undertaking lab work. This becomes more project-oriented in your second year, culminating in a six-week individual research project in your third year. In their final year, MBio students undertake a further 27-week research project.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through tutorials, laboratory practical, oral presentation, written assignment and exam-based questions. Approximately 45% of your marks will be assessed by coursework and projects throughout your degree.
What opportunities are there for work placements?
MBio students can choose between an extended research project in a research lab within the Department and a 12-month industrial research placement in their final year. Recent placements in industry have included the Assisted Reproduction Unit at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, AstraZeneca in Sweden, GSK and Novartis. Both routes allow you to join carefully monitored research projects, covering a wide range of scientific areas and giving you valuable experience in scientific writing, data analysis and information technology.
Many of our BSc and MBio students also choose to undertake work placements during vacations. We actively promote this, and will support you with applications and interview skills.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities all over the world. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the School’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator will provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAA, including Biology or AAB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology).
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
International Baccalaureate 38 points, including 5 in Higher Level Biology or 36 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.
These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.
Gap Year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
What modules can I take?
Example Core Modules (in addition a wide variety of optional modules are offered)
Year 1 – Molecules, Cells & Organisms, Animal & Plant Biology, Agents of Infectious Disease, Physiology & Metabolism, Environmental Biology, Quantitative Skills for Biology, Tutorials and Laboratories
Year 2 –Molecular Cell Biology, Multicellular Systems, Genetics & Evolution, Ecology & Environment, Tutorials and Laboratories
Year 3 – Dynamics of Biological Systems, Tutorials and Research Project
Year 4 – Research Skills Training and Extended Research Project
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where can my degree take me?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS, AstraZeneca, KPMG, Taylor and Francis Scientific Publishing, Diabetes UK.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Seed Pathology Technician, Research & Development Scientist, Management Development Associate, Medical Public, Relations Consultant. Others have pursued PG study.
A level: AAA, including Biology or AAB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology).
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).
IB: 38 points, including 5 in Higher Level Biology or 36 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.
Master of Biology (MBio)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
School of Life Sciences
Emily Morris - Life Sciences
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.