MSci Biology (C103)

2016 entry

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UCAS code C103
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 1040
Number of places for 2016/17 57

About MSci Biology

The MSci is ideal for those with ambitions to continue in biological research and who want the extra experience and a competitive edge in applying for a PhD or research jobs.

Like the BSc course, our MSci Biology course starts broadly and then introduces more choice from year two onwards. The additional fourth year of advanced skills training, and a substantial research project, is especially valuable for those aiming for a career in biological sciences.

The freedom to specialise or maintain breadth throughout your studies, and the range of research-oriented and transferable skills you will learn will also maximise your employability as a graduate.

We have outstanding facilities in our brand new state-­of-­the-­art Life Sciences Building, and our lecturers are top researchers in their fields.

More about Biological Sciences

Find out more about studying Biological Sciences at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Diversity of Life
  • Life Processes
  • Key Concepts in Biology
  • A third unit pertinent to the degree programme

Second year

  • Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • Molecular Methodology for Biologists
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Science and Success: writing, speaking and communicating science
  • Field Course or laboratory workshop
  • Seven additional lecture units from a wide choice

Third year

  • Field Course Report
  • Library Project
  • Practical Research Project
  • Six lecture units from a wide choice across the spectrum of biology

Fourth year

  • Professional Development for the Life Sciences
  • Understanding Data: Experimental Design and Statistics for Life Scientists
  • Research Project Literature Review and Planning
  • Practical Research Project.
Further details about the course structure for Biology

Typical offer for MSci Biology

(including international A-levels)
AAA in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
IB Diploma 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level*
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in each of two sciences, and 15 credits at Merit
BTEC DDD in Science plus grade A in A-level Mathematics or Science
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% overall with 8.5 in science/mathematics subjects*
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile E
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Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:B or above in Mathematics, English Language and Science.
Academic qualifications*Suitable science/mathematics subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Statistics and Zoology, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Further Mathematics, Other Mathematics, Human Biology, Engineering and Electronics.

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Key information about this course

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  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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