Biomedical Science (MBio)
Life Sciences provides a wide range of biology-focused degree courses. Advances in new technologies, including genomics and integrative biology, have made this varied discipline more exciting than ever. We teach and research the processes of life from the molecular, right through to whole animal and the environment, to understand the cellular, molecular and physiological interactions that are fundamental to biology and medicine.
Biomedical Science involves the study of life processes in humans and provides an understanding of the causes and consequences of human and animal disease, including infection, cancer and neurological decay. The application of new biological concepts in medicine is an ever-growing and exciting process. Developments in molecular, genetic and cellular biology research continue to drive progress in areas such as vaccine development, neurogenerative diseases and metabolic diseases. Through lectures, laboratory work, tutorials and independent research, you’ll develop an understanding of the nature and extent of human and animal disease, both locally and globally.
You will develop the hands-on lab, problem solving and research skills employers desire. If you are considering a career in medicine we provide mentoring and support for medical school applications. Our four-year MBio gives you the opportunity to undertake an extended final-year research project.
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.
All modules are core in the first year with more optional modules in year two and three with the fourth year comprising of 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.
In your first year, lecture sizes are typically 290 students. The modules you take in years two and three will vary in class size. The maximum number is typically 100 and the minimum 10 students.
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 One (6%), Year Two (18%), Year Three (36%) and your final year (40%).
A level: AAA to include Biology or AAB to include Biology and one of the following: Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science. Statistics, Geology or Geography.
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical (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/Geography.
Our standard GCSE requirements
All applicants must possess a minimum level of competence in the English Language and in Mathematics/Science. A pass at Grade C or above, or Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and in Mathematics or a Science, or an equivalent qualification, satisfies this University requirement.
Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
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).
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.
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.
Molecules, Cells and Organisms
You'll study this module as the essential foundation for most other modules taught in the School of Life Sciences. You'll gain the basic knowledge you need of molecular and cellular aspects of biology, and also become familiar with whole-organism and developmental biology, in the context of evolution.
Agents of Infectious Disease
You will start by gaining a thorough foundation in microbiology and virology, using infectious diseases as a common link to promote your understanding. Through your study of epidemiology, you will learn to appreciate the way that diseases spread and the methods used to investigate this spread. On completion, you can expect to understand the role of various structures associated with the bacterial cell in causing a range of diseases, and appreciate the structure of viruses and how this relates to their capacity to cause disease and the host response to viral challenge. This will equip you with the necessary theoretical foundations to underpin your future studies.
Physiology and Metabolism
On this module, you will learn how parts of the body function and work together in the whole organism. You will study the physiology of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and special senses. Your study of metabolism will help you to understand the generation of energy within the body, anabolism, the role of enzymes, and specific functions such as glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, pentose phosphate pathway and photosynthesis. You will then combine your learning to gain a thorough understanding of the way the body adapts to environmental conditions such as altitude, depth, cold and heat.
On this module, you will gain foundational knowledge in the study of the natural and managed environment and start to understand the pressures on the planet that result from anthropogenic activities. You will also look in more depth at how society responds to the challenges posed by environmental change.
Quantitative Skills for Biology
All biological scientists need to understand and analyse quantitative data. So, this module will see you learning to use statistical methods for analysing and summarising experimental data (for example, from your lab classes), and learning the basic principles for modelling biological populations.
Tutorials and Laboratories
Quantitative Skills for Biology (Chemistry for Biologists is compulsory for entrants without A2 level Chemistry)
Human and Animal Physiology
On this physiology module, you will gain a broad overview of neurobiology, the linked blood and circulation systems. You will study the physiology of the nervous system and undertake detailed analysis of the cell and molecular biology underlying the development and functions of the nervous system, leading to an all-round understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the linked blood (haematological) and circulation (cardiovascular) systems.
Molecular Cell Biology
On this module, you will gain a sound knowledge of the organisation, complexity and essential processes that occur in the genomes and information-processing mechanisms in all three domains of life. You will study the molecular biology that underlies fundamental cellular processes, including the cytoskeleton in cellular structure, function and motility, the mechanisms that control cell proliferation and genome stability, protein processing in secretory pathway organelles, and programmed cell death in eukaryotic cells.
Immunology and Epidemiology
On this module, you will study the innate and adaptive immune system at both the molecular and cellular level. You will also learn basic clinical immunology (hypersensitivity and autoimmunity), epidemiology and modelling of infectious disease.
On this module, you will study the physiology of important viruses, anti-viral therapies and diagnosis through ‘real-life’ case studies. You will also learn about a range of important microparasites, the diseases they cause and how the parasite, host and environment interact to govern their biology. You will also cover various approaches that are used to control these diseases.
Tutorials and Laboratories
Tutorials and Research Project
Modern Approaches to Human Disease
On this module, you will engage with two major themes in modern medicine: evidence-based medicine and medical ethnics. You will achieve this through in-depth study of the medical specialities of reproductive medicine, renal medicine and central nervous system (CNS) medicine.
One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases
On this module, you will learn the important concepts in population biology and epidemiology that are key to understanding medical and veterinary infectious disease transmission, treatment and control. In your studies, you will pay particular attention to current efforts to improve world health, with a focus on tropical diseases.
Research Skills Training
Extended Research Project
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying
Science Communication; Health and Community; Clinical Microbiology; Genetics and Genomics; Molecular Endocrinology; Advanced Immunology; Oncology; Integrative Neuroscience; Medical Virology; Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology; Interdisciplinary and Business modules.
Graduates on our courses have gone on to work for employers including: Astra Zeneca, NHS, Civil Service, KPMG, Johnson & Johnson, Tesla, ALS: Sarstedt Ltd, Novartis, universities and schools.
They have pursued roles such as: graduate-entry medicine students; NHS scientists; biomedical research and development scientists; scientific publishing professionals; laboratory technicians; teachers; business, marketing and accountancy professionals; or have gone on to complete postgraduate study or research.
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Careers in Life Sciences Networking Event
- Careers in Science
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Mock Interviews for Life Sciences students
- Interested in Careers in Scientific Publishing
Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.
Master of Biology (MBio)
4 years full-time
28 September 2020
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
This information is applicable for 2020 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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