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What makes an Integrated Masters in Biology at Worcester special?

Biology is one of the most actively changing subjects in the sciences, constantly seeking solutions to the many challenges that shape our world. At Worcester we engage with Biology in all its breath-taking sweep and scale, from the molecular level through whole organisms and beyond to their relationships with each other and the wider environment.

In the fourth (masters) year you will undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise in Biology within the department.

* subject to approval

Key features

  • Study for a four year Integrated Masters degree in Biology in a friendly and supportive environment.
  • Learn more about the latest technologies that are driving pure and applied Biology research.
  • Learn about Biology research and its importance and application to solve problems encountered in industry.
  • Gain extensive practical experience and knowledge by working with academic and technical experts in new and refurbished laboratories using a range of specialist equipment.
  • Obtain a valuable postgraduate qualification and enhance your chances when applying for scientific jobs or a PhD degree.
  • The option to exit after three years and be awarded a BSc (hons) in Biology.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Biology and A level in another science, maths or statistics.
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Biology
  • Other qualifications will be taken into account when considering your application, typical BTEC entry would be DMM.
Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from www.ucas.com

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Cell Biology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Animal Diversity

Optional

  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Nutrition in Humans
  • Introduction to Forensic Biology
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Disease
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Basis of Biological Surveying
  • Human Origins

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Plant Biology
  • Project and Career development
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology

Optional

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Work Experience
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Agents and Allergens
  • Animal Senses and Survival
  • Human Genetics
  • Medical Forensic Science
  • Human Systems Physiology
  • Applied Human Metabolism
  • Comparative Digestion and Nutrition
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Ecology of Fresh Waters
  • Soils and the Environment
  • Field Techniques and Identification skills.

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study
  • Plant Development and Physiology

Optional

  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Work Experience
  • Animal Movement
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
  • Pharmacology
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Extension Module
  • Parasitology
  • The Biochemistry of Cancer
  • Research Methods and Research Project
  • Residential Ecology Field Trip
  • Zoo-based Conservation

Year 4

Mandatory

  • Research Methods
  • Applied and Commercial Research
  • Integrated Masters Thesis/Project in Biology

The course deals with many different groups of organisms in terms of their structure, development, physiology, metabolism and ecology. It also explains how a range of new techniques, such as the sequencing of the entire genomes of an increasing number of species, have added enormously to knowledge so that modern biologists can address questions that were unanswerable in the past.

A key strength of the course is the clear linkage between this new information and established knowledge. For example, the new ‘genomics’ material is taught in association with Mendelian genetics and modern ‘bioinformatics’ methods are used to show how evolution can be followed by examining DNA and amino acid sequences from different species.

Year 4 modules are common to a range of Biological Science Integrated masters courses but each subject specialisation will be achieved by students varying their selection of topics from within menus of material within each module. For example, a Biology student will undertake an appropriate research project which will differ from the choices available to a Biochemist. Although there will be generic material, the individual skills delivered within the Applied and Commercial Research and Research Methods modules will also be tailored to deliver the individual needs of each Integrated Masters course.

Applied and Commercial Research is a unique aspect of our Integrated Masters programme compared with other institutions. It will offer students valuable insights into applied and commercial rather than just pure research. Most of this module will take advantage of current commercial and applied research expertise in our Charles Darwin Laboratories including the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit.

View the Biology Programmes Overview.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Become an independent, life-long learner.
  • Understand and apply knowledge and concepts in Biology to enable continuing understanding of new techniques and discoveries in the subject area
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent piece of research and a research thesis/project that may be linked to a research group or commercial organisation.
  • Critically analyse new theories and conceptual issues in Biology.
  • Develop and apply approaches for problem solving; e.g. when constructing an effective research project or maximising the opportunity that your CV will be shortlisted.
  • Undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise within the department.

Teaching Approach:

  • A variety of teaching techniques is used, including lectures, practicals, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials, videos, on-line and interactive resources and directed study.
  • An emphasis on activities which allow you to develop practical and transferable skills to increase your employability.
  • Some double modules to allow suitable development of the subject and for the delivery of important subject-specific and transferable skills.
  • An extended induction to allow the development of the necessary study skills as and when you need to use them.
  • Two special, course-based weeks each year to support skills development and employability.
  • Regular Personal Academic Tutorials on a one-to one basis to guide and support your studies.
  • Development of Laboratory and Field-Based pure and applied research skills.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Lorraine Weaver

    Lorraine is Head of Biological Sciences and has a range of interests, from the physiology and behaviour of large agricultural animals to the ecology of Bryophytes, the latter being one of her main research interests.

  • Dr Mike Wheeler

    Dr Mike Wheeler

    Mike is currently investigating the function of a large family of secreted proteins likely to be involved in cell-cell communication in the model plants, Arabidopsis thaliana and Physcomitrella patens.

    In addition to his research into plant molecular genetics Mike is also developing means of using molecular biology to solve problems in conservation biology which is a longstanding passion of his. In this area Mike is currently developing eDNA (environmental DNA) techniques to assess the effect of invasive and non-native species on species of conservation concern.

  • Professor Mahmut Tör

    Professor Mahmut Tör

    Mahmut is Chair of Molecular Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of Worcester.

    In addition to being an active researcher Mahmut leads on a number of undergraduate modules.

  • Dr Steven J Coles

    Steve achieved a first class honours degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of the West of England (UWE, 2005) before undertaking a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Neurochemistry) which he attained in 2008 (UWE). Following his studies, Steve joined the School of Medicine at Cardiff University as a post-doctoral research scientist (Department of Haematology), where his research focussed on tumour immunology and immunotherapy in a type of blood cancer known as acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

  • Dr Kate Ashbrook

    Dr Kate Ashbrook

    Kate's background includes four years of post-doctoral studies at the University of Bath and a period as a field researcher for the Canadian Wildlife Service where she contributed to long-term monitoring of a seabird colony in Nunavut, Canada.

    Her research interests focus on using modelling to understand the dynamics of ecological systems and inform conservation management.

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    Dr Allain Bueno

    Dr Allain Bueno joined the University of Worcester in January 2012 after 4 years of Post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London. As a Biomedical Scientist, Dr Bueno holds strong experience in clinical sciences, having worked and taught in a leading tertiary referral hospital. His current area of research includes the biochemistry of dietary fats, cell membrane phospholipids and anti-oxidant protection in health conditions.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

For the first three years you will follow the same modules as students on the BSc (Hons) course, which offer excellent practical hands-on experience in these areas.  

The course prepares you for a number of degree paths including scientific researcher within government, industry or medical institutions, medical and laboratory sales, nature conservation, a range of public sector work and a teaching career.

It is becoming increasing difficult for graduates to obtain PhD positions with only a BSc (Hons) degree. Graduates with an Integrated Masters degree would have significant additional research expertise that would enable them to progress straight to an MPhil/PhD position. There is an increasing need for graduates in the UK economy as skilled researchers for UK PLC. Such graduates have much to offer within the general area of applied biological research but also, critically, to drive forward the innovation that is vital for the UK economy.

The Biological Sciences courses have a strong applied component. We have retained a great deal of practical and field work, both of which have been greatly reduced in many universities; these give our students an advantage when seeking employment or continuing their studies through a higher degree. This has suited students well for careers in the laboratory or the field. Some are engaged in research or education and some undertake medical qualifications or complete higher degrees.

There are many opportunities to extend your experience and enhance your CV by carrying out voluntary work. Staff members in the Institute have links with several Wild Life Trusts (including Worcestershire Wildlife Trust) and other environmental and conservation agencies, Sea Life Centres, Safari Parks etc. and can help organise voluntary work (which can feed into Independent Studies projects in the final year of study). There has also been the possibility for students to gain experience by volunteering to work within the Environmental Sustainability Eco Campus initiative.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You will also need a lab coat, which can be bought for around £13.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Biology MBiol (Integrated Masters) - C1C1

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Lorraine Weaver

Head of Biological Sciences
01905 855598
l.weaver@worc.ac.uk

ISE Academic Support Unit

01905 855201/02/23
ise@worc.ac.uk