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Biological Sciences MBio (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry

Our Biological Sciences course spans the entire scale of biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems. Our exceptionally wide range of options allows you to choose modules that are best suited to your
interests and career ambitions.

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You will be exposed to cutting-edge research in molecular, cellular and whole organism biology, while covering applications of science to major global challenges such as environmental management, food security and human health. You can opt to take a year-long industrial placement or study abroad between your
second and third years. Our four-year MBio is ideal if you want to gain a higher level qualification. It gives you the opportunity to undertake an additional
final-year research project or industrial placement.

A core syllabus is offered in the first year for all degree courses providing the essential foundations in biology, biochemistry, genetics and chemistry. The same content in the first year means that it is often possible to transfer between the different degrees at the end of the first year. Core and optional modules in the second and third years allow students to tailor their degree.

First year all core modules. There are increasingly more optional modules in years 2 and 3 with the fourth year comprising or an Extended Research Project and Research Skills (training in advanced laboratory techniques, data handling and statistical analyses, critical analysis of the literature and designing research proposals).

Students learn through a combination of tutorials, lectures, laboratory work, and independent and group research.

Class size

In your first year, lecture sizes are typically 280 students. The modules you take in years 2 and 3 will vary in class size. The maximum number is typically 100 and the minimum 10 students.

Contact hours

12 - 16 hours per week over 25 weeks. In your first year you should expect around 10 lectures a week, a full day in the laboratory and a taught tutorial with your personal tutor and 6-7 of your peers. Independent learning, reading and preparing for lectures and preparing assessments will occupy the rest of your study time.

Approximately 35% of marks will be assessed by course work throughout the degree. The final degree classification is determined by Year 1 (6%), Year 2 (18%), Year 3 (36%) and your final year (40%).

Students can opt for a study abroad placement at the end of year two at one of the School or University partner institutions. They are given support to secure a placement.

Students may take a year to gain industrial experience in any science related area will be offered support and guidance to achieve that. There is also the opportunity to study abroad in partner institutions across the world.

A level: AAA to include Biology or AAB to include 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 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 36 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths

  • 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 website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

  • Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Animal and Plant Biology
  • Agents of Infectious Disease
  • Physiology and Metabolism
  • Environmental Biology
  • Quantitative Skills for Biology
  • Chemistry for Biologists – compulsory for entrants without A2 level Chemistry

Year 2

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Multicellular Systems
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Ecology and Environment

Year 3

  • Research Project
  • Dynamics of Biological Systems

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

  • Extreme Environment Biology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Oncology
  • Biological Clocks
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Interdisciplinary and Business modules
  • One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology

Many of our MBio stdents go on to PhD study. Job title examples: IT Support; Teacher.
The School has a dedicated careers advisor, offers careers-focused tutorials and runs network events with past students and relevant employers to help career decisions.


"A year out in industry opened up further career options."

"I was attracted by the good reviews Warwick received from previous students. Warwick also offered the opportunity to do a year in industry, which I wanted to complete in order to open up options for my future career. There was also a wide range of modules available so I could focus on the subject areas I most enjoyed.

The extensive lab work we completed was very thorough and this has helped me in my current role as a PhD student. The organisation skills I gained from my extra-curricular activities are also very invaluable."

Katie Anders - PhD student

Studied 'Biological Sciences (MBio)' - Graduated 2015

A level AAA to include Biology or AAB to include 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 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 36 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths


Master of Biology (MBio)

4 years full-time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

All students in Life Sciences are strongly encouraged to buy a computer, at an approximately cost of £600. Students are expected to have suitable clothing for field trips, including waterproof footwear. Recommended text books are estimated to cost a total of £250. There is a mandatory trip to Wales in year 2, at a cost of £175. Non-compulstory field trips cost approximately £50.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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