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The award
MBiol (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Biology at Manchester Metropolitan University

Year of entry

2018

Length

4 years full-time Integrated Master's degree

UCAS code(s)

8B63

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

Optional Estimate: £620

How are these costs calculated?

Students often choose to buy a laptop for their degree (costing approximately £300 to £400) and a printer (costing £50 to £100 including print consumables, plus £20 to £40 for print consumables in every subsequent year). However, there are numerous drop-in computer facilities across campus and laptops for loan in the library. Lab coats and safety glasses are provided free of charge in the first year of entry and are expected to last for the duration of the course. Students will have to purchase replacements for lost or damaged PPE.

Placement Costs

Compulsory Estimate: £360

Optional Estimate: 2,300

How are these costs calculated?

1) Students go on residential fieldtrips for core units throughout the degree course. These are subsidised but students can expect to pay a contribution to costs of £60 for a UK-based residential field course at Level 4 and a maximum of £300 for an overseas residential field course at Level 5 (currently Portugal). At Level 6 there is currently an optional residential field course based in Tanzania, this is a premium field course experience at an inclusive additional cost of approx. £2300. For all compulsory field courses, there are nil cost non-residential alternatives for any student who chooses not to go. 2) Students opting to study abroad in third year (SENAA). If you are studying at one of our partner universities on an approved exchange programme, you will continue to pay tuition fees to Manchester Metropolitan University and youwill notpay any tuition fees to your partner university. Some partner universities may charge additional fees for mandatory administrative and recreational services, non-mandatory language classes, courses including fieldwork or non-mandatory project costs. If this is relevant to you, the partner university will inform you of any additional costs during the application process. During your study exchange abroad, you will need to budget for the general cost of living as well as additional costs for visas, travel, medical insurance and vaccinations (depending on your destination). Applicants should visit the MMUi web pages for more details including sources of travel funding. 3) Students choosing to undertake a Placement (Sandwich) in third year. The Sandwich Year involves full-time work experience work placement. This lasts for a minimum of 36 weeks and normally attracts a salary/weekly wage but this is not guaranteed. Placements are competitive and based on successful interviews with the placement provider. Students will have to pay travel and accommodation costs (including for interview) plus personal insurance. 4) Students undertaking short placements as part of vocational optional units. Students should expect to pay travel expenses to placements.

Other Costs

Compulsory Estimate: £150

Optional Estimate: 2,300

How are these costs calculated?

MMU now provides free travel insurance for students when they travel in connection with their programme of study, for example, placements, field trips, exchanges etc. However, students should also take out personal insurance cover for belongings as items such as mobile phones are not covered by this policy. Our courses have field-based elements of delivery so students would be expected to dress appropriately (i.e. purchase waterproof coats and trousers, sturdy footwear/walking boots). Students will be expected to print out assessments (including dissertations (with comb binding) and posters). Travel expenses associated with independent data collection for final year dissertations are not re-imbursed by the School. Students will be advised to undertake low-cost local fieldwork at the design and planning stages of a project if necessary. We currently offer the opportunity, subject to demand, of carrying out Level 6 project field work in Kenya or Tanzania, if available this would carry and additional cost of between £1,800 - £2,300, depending upon whether taken in conjunction with the residential optional field course.

Location

Manchester Campus

Department

School of Science & The Environment

This course is undergoing a review over the next year which may mean a change to the course title and units of study.

The MBiol degree is a flexible, integrated four-year undergraduate Masters course which allows you to combine a balanced understanding of key concepts in the biological sciences with a deeper understanding of aspects of the discipline that interest you most. You will develop the ability to adapt and apply methodologies to solve biological problems, along with a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of the science.  A significant element of the course  is the Masters level project that provides the opportunity to pursue an extended piece of original research, independently or in cooperation  with an external organisation. Opportunities for field-based study and research are another key feature of the programme: currently we  offer opportunities for fieldwork in Portugal, Canary Isles, Tanzania  and Kenya as well as in the UK.

Your choice between MBiol and BSc may be left until the end of Year 2, if you initially apply for the MBiol degree. Progress to the MBiol programme is subject to your general performance at the end of Year 2.

Your career prospects after the course

Biological sciences graduates may go on to a variety of subject specific careers in the biological, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, in medical, public health and environmental services or in teaching or research.

Recent graduates have found employment across a wide range of sectors including industrial research laboratories, medical communications, pharmaceutical companies, environmental consultancies and nature conservation organisations.

Our courses are designed to equip you with transferable skills that may also be applied to non-subject-specific career pathways such as in management, local government, teaching or the civil service.

For those who wish to continue their studies, there is a range of postgraduate programmes here at Manchester Metropolitan across the breadth of biological and healthcare sciences.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

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Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

112-120

112-120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC-BBB) to include a minimum Grade C in A2 Biology or Human Biology and a Pass in your Biology A level Practical.  Other science subjects may be considered. General Studies not accepted.

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