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Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement (MBio) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)


UCAS Code
C1A5

Qualification
Master of Bioscience (MBio)

Duration
4 years full-time

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
Department of Life Sciences

Location of Study
University of Warwick


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.


Course overview

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. 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.

Our four-year MBio gives you the opportunity to undertake an extended final-year research project in industry.

Important information

We are making some exciting changes to the second year of our Life Sciences degrees for 2021 entry. The core modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. Topics in second year for Biological Sciences (MBio) will however include Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution. As modules are approved, they will be included in the module list on this webpage. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.

Sign up to receive updates on our new modules.


Course structure

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).


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.


Class sizes

In your first year, lecture sizes are typically 320 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.


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.

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.


Work experience

You will take a 12-month industrial research placement in your final year. Recent placements in industry have included the Assisted Reproduction Unit at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, AstraZeneca in Sweden, GSK and Novartis. You will 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.

Whilst we do not guarantee you a placement, you will be given extensive support to secure one. 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.

Find out more about work experience placements.

General entry requirements

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 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/Geography.

BTEC:

  • We welcome applications from students taking BTECs as long as essential subject requirements are met.

Additional requirements:

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry 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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.


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.

Year One

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.

Animal and Plant Biology

Drawing on zoology and botany, on this module you'll broaden your biological knowledge to support your learning on second-year modules. By analysing and studying our current understanding of animal and plant evolution, diversity and physiological activities, you'll be able to integrate your organismal and molecular knowledge in a broad, evolutionary context. You'll also have opportunities to practise your skills in presentation and communication.

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.

Environmental Biology

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

Chemistry for Biologists - compulsory for entrants without A2 level Chemistry>

Year Two

Important information

We are making some exciting changes to the second year of our Life Sciences degrees for 2021 entry. The core modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. Topics in second year for Biological Sciences (MBio) will however include Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution. As modules are approved, they will be included in the module list on this webpage. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.

Sign up to receive updates on our new modules.


Year Three

Tutorials and Research Project

Dynamics of Biological Systems

The study of non-autonomous dynamical systems can shed new light on biological systems. On this module, you will learn how our understanding of cells and cellular pathways can be enhanced by considering them as entities that can change their behaviour both in space and time.

Year Four

Research Skills Training

Extended Research Project

Extended Research Project in Industry


Examples of optional modules/options for current students:

  • 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

Tuition fees

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.

Your career

Graduates on our courses have gone on to work for employers including:

  • AstraZeneca
  • NHS
  • Civil Service
  • KPMG
  • Johnson and 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
  • Postgraduate students or researchers

Find out more about career opportunities from Life Sciences.


Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events 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 careers support at Warwick.

"The third-year research project was one of the highlights of the degree for me, as it provided the opportunity to learn a wide range of different lab, practical, and data analysis skills.

Choosing a project in plant biology (an area which I had not experienced much of previously) allowed me to realise how interesting and enjoyable this area of biology is, and motivated me to carry out a plant biology based research project in my MBio year.

The third-year project not only gave valuable insight into the MBio year but also into what working in a laboratory environment is like, which confirmed to me that laboratory-based research is a good career option for me in the future."

Holly

MBio Biological Sciences

This information is applicable for 2021 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.