Why study Biology at Warwick?
- At the School of Life Sciences our flexible degree programmes provide an integrated first-year core syllabus to develop your experience across the breadth of the biological sciences, while enabling you to choose optional modules according to your career ambitions or academic interests. From your second year, you have the option to pursue areas of academic interest outside science such as law, business or languages.
- Our teaching is underpinned by world-class academic research, with a strong emphasis on practical laboratory teaching. We provide you with a supportive and stimulating study environment, including close supervision by your personal academic tutor through academic tutorials. In the 2014-15 National Student Survey 90% of students were satisfied overall with their course.
- Our four-year integrated Master’s courses provide an additional year of study focused on a substantial research project within the School or in industry. You can apply directly for these courses or, if you are a BSc student and you reach a suitable level of achievement in your second year, you can apply to transfer onto the related integrated Master’s course.
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 esearch and analysis, presentation, communication, problem-solving and writing skills that are essential in all employment sectors. This will give you invaluable experience of applying your subject knowledge to real-life workplace challenges.
If you are considering a career in medicine, we work closely with Warwick Medical School to provide mentoring and support for medical school applications; including strategic application support, problem-based learning and 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 you can choose from a wide range of optional modules, including those outside science such as law, 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, or involve data analysis, fieldwork or literature-based research. If you follow the four-year MBio programme you will undertake an additional final-year extended research project within the School or on an industrial placement.
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 projectoriented 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
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through tutorials, laboratory practical, oral presentation, written assignment and exam-based questions.
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, 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. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAB - ABB, to include Biology
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
International Baccalaureate 34-36 points, to include 6 in Higher Level Biology.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.
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.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
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?
In year one core modules could include Laboratories and Tutorials; Physiology and Metabolism; Proteins Genes and Genetics; Cells, Tissues and Organisms; Agents of Infectious Disease and Quantitative Skills for Biology. Optional modules could include Animal and Plant Biology; Environmental Biology; Health and Community and Brain and Behaviour.
As well as tutorials, your core modules in year two may be Immunology and Epidemiology; Laboratories; Infection; Human and Animal Physiology; Molecular Biology and Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease. You may choose from the following optional modules: Bioscience and Society; Evolution; Clinical Microbiology; Ecology and its Applications; Viruses and Disease; Genetics and Genomics and Cell Biology.
Core modules in year three may comprise a Research Project; Modern Approaches to Human Disease; Laboratories and tutorials and Pathogenicity and Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. Optional modules could include Oncology; Infectious Diseases and Health; Integrative Neuroscience; Principles of Development; Vaccination and Gene Therapy; Medical Virology; Advanced Immunology; Post-genomic Research; Protein Targeting; Extreme Environment Biology; Science Communication; Business Studies and Law, Seas, Peoples and Ecosystems.
* This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
Some of our recent graduate destinations include:
GlaxoSmithKline, Research and Development Scientist; Public Health England, Medical Public Relations Consultant; Great Ormond St Hospital, Technical Geneticist; Department of Agriculture and Agrifood, Assistant Plant Pathologist; Oppenheimer, Intern with Investment Bank.
A level: AAB - ABB including Biology, plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).
IB: 34 - 36 points to include 6 in Higher Level Biology.
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
School of Life Sciences
Daniela Sordillo - Life Sciences
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
£9,000 per year - 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 you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.