What will I learn?
This course will develop your understanding of life processes with specific focus on the nature and extent of human disease. It prepares you for employment in many rapidly developing areas in human health, from research and drug development to medicine.
Modules span human health and wellbeing, physiology, infection, and the biology of molecules and cellular systems, including recent research breakthroughs related to vaccine development, neurodegenerative diseases and metabolic diseases (e.g. diabetes). You will develop the research and analysis, presentation, communication, problem-solving and writing skills that are essential in all employment sectors. If you are considering a career in medicine, we work closely with Warwick Medical School to provide mentoring and support for medical school applications. This includes strategic application support, problem based learning, reflective practice training, and interview preparation.
An integrated core syllabus of biology, biochemistry and genetics in your first year forms the basis for later specialisation. In your second and third years, core modules include molecular cell biology, human and animal physiology, immunology and epidemiology, infection and tropical diseases.
Alongside these, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules such as oncology or synthetic biology, or those covering areas outside science such as business or languages. In your third year you 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, to include 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 could I study?
Example Core Modules (in addition a wide variety of optional modules are offered)
Year 1 – Molecules, Cells & Organisms, Agents of Infectious Disease, Physiology & Metabolism, Environmental Biology, Quantitative Skills for Biology, Tutorials and Laboratories
Year 2 –Molecular Cell Biology, Human & Animal Physiology, Immunology & Epidemiology, Infection, Tutorials and Laboratories
Year 3 – Modern Approaches to Human Disease, One World Health & Neglected Tropical Diseases, 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 - Biomedical Science
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.