MBiol Biological Sciences

Aston University
En Birmingham (Inglaterra)

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Tipología Bachelor's degree
Lugar Birmingham (Inglaterra)
Inicio Septiembre 2018
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Birmingham (Inglaterra)
  • Inicio:
    Septiembre 2018

This course is for you if you wish to obtain the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake a career in Biological Sciences research, particularly in the area of human health and disease.

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Requisitos: Entry requirements A Level: ABB-BBB IB: 32 points


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comienzo Ubicación
West Midlands, B4 7ET, West Midlands, Inglaterra
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comienzo Sep-2018
West Midlands, B4 7ET, West Midlands, Inglaterra
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¿Qué aprendes en este curso?

Anatomy and Physiology
Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
IT Development
IT Management
Skills and Training
Skills and Training
Cell Biology


Duration: 4 years full-time or 5 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: C114

Please note:

  • All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on all previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation.  Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated below).
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.
  • GCSE requirements: Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English and Maths Grade C/4.

  • All applicants receiving offers will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

  • Find out more about our admissions policy.

  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

  •  Take a look at our FAQ:  Frequently Asked Questions

Typical offers:

  • A Levels
  • IB
  • BTEC
  • Access to HE
  • International & other qualifications

ABB-BBB to include Biology or Human Biology at Grade B or above. You must also pass the practical element of your Biology course.

Chemistry at A/AS Level welcomed but not essential.

Maths and Further Maths are not considered as two separate A Levels.

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

32 points overall, to include 655 at HL, which must include Biology at 6

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For 2017 entry:

  • UK / EU students:   £9,250 per year (£1,250 during placement year)
  • International students: £17,200 per year (£2,500 during placement year)

Explore the costs involved in university and the financial support that may be available to you.

  • The purpose of the MBiol course is to produce graduates with the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake a career in research particularly in the area of human health and disease.

    The first two years of the MBiol course are the same as BSc Biological Sciences. Students must obtain a mark of at least 60% at the end of their second year to stay on the MBiol programme (if they do not they are required to transfer to BSc Biological Sciences).

    Details of the first and second year modules are listed below. Each one of these modules typically comprises approximately 100 learning hours which include lectures, tutorials, practical classes, directed student-centred learning and preparation for coursework assignments and examinations.

    In the third year a Literature Research Project, Immunology, Applied Molecular Biology, Bioethics, and a Practical Key Skills module are compulsory with two other modules chosen from the list of third year modules given below.

    The highlight of the programme is a 6-month final year laboratory research project. You will take a Research Skills module and Laboratory Research Project, alongside four other modules chosen from the list below.

    Year 1

    • Microbiology I - provides the student with an introduction to bacterial physiology, pathogenicity, infectious diseases and clinical microbiology.
    • Biochemistry - provides the student with an overview of the structure of biological macromolecules and the small molecules from which they are assembled.
    • Physiology - provides students with a theoretical and practical approach to the physiology of nerves and the nervous system, muscle, brain, endocrine glands, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, blood, kidneys, gastro-intestinal tract and digestion.
    • Inheritance and Population Genetics - examines the modes of inheritance of the gene. This module also introduces students to some of the underlying principles of population genetics.
    • Development and Human Anatomy - reviews the principles and foundation elements of embryology and the study of human anatomy.
    • Cell Biology - provides a basic introduction to cellular components and processes involved in the birth, life and death of cells.
    • Molecular Biology - provides students with a basic introduction to the nature, properties, structure, function and replication of genes.
    • Introductory Immunology - provides the student with an understanding of the immune system as an integrated system of tissues, cells and molecules.  This module also explores the cellular and molecular basis of immunity and examines how these may be controlled.
    • Key Skills - comprises a series of academic tutorials with a personal tutor and a series of workshops on career management and IT skills. 
    Year 2
    • Microbiology II - covers microorganisms of medical importance including Gram-positive, Gram-negative and intracellular bacteria from the perspective of clinical manifestations, microbial pathogenesis; infection control and prevention.
    • Metabolism - provides the student with an understanding of major pathways of intermediary metabolism and their integration and regulation.
    • Applied Microbiology - explore processes such as fermentation.
    • Molecular Genetics - describes the molecular basis for the regulation of gene transcription and presents the key techniques in gene manipulation. 
    • Biotechnology - provides an insight into the importance of biotechnology and commercial biology including fermentation, large scale microbial culture, antibiotic production and tissue culture.
    • Endocrinology - provides a detailed study of the endocrine system, extending and developing information covered in earlier parts of the course.
    • Molecular Pathology - examines some of the molecular mechanisms involved in cell growth, differentiation, maturation and senescence.
    • Immunology II - provides the student with an understanding of the immune system as an integrated system of tissues, cells and molecules.
    • Key Skills II - focuses on personal and professional development, group work, scientific communication and preparation for the placement year.
    Optional Placement Year

    The placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the content of a working environment. See below for further details.

    Year 3


    • Research Project - Literature-based, using advanced techniques such as systematic review and meta-analysis
    • Key Practical Skills - three extended laboratory courses plus problem solving exercises
    • Immunology - explores the cellular and molecular basis of immunity and examines how these may be controlled.
    • Applied Molecular Biology - provides in-depth explanation of genetic engineering techniques and their applications.
    • Bioethics - considers ethical issues related to social factors, healthcare and research in the biological arena.

    "Optional (choose two)" 

    • Human Physiology - provides a detailed study of the mechanisms and processes through which the body achieves and maintains homeostasis.
    • Food Microbiology - provides a study of the relationship between food and health including the scientific, technical and manufacturing factors which influence food quality and safety.
    • Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease - provides an overview of microbiology and infectious diseases within the community and hospital setting and methods of diagnosing infection.
    • Cell Biology - investigates current models of how proteins regulate and execute the cellular process of differentiation, migration, protein trafficking, synapse formation and vesicle release.
    • Medical Biochemistry - provides a detailed study of the application of chemical and biochemical methods to the study of disease.
    • Toxicology - informs the student of the basis of the toxicity of xenobiotic compounds including drugs and environmental toxins.
    • Cell Biology of Cancer Metastasis - provides an insight into the organisation of the cell cytoskeleton and how modification of this structure leads to changes in migratory properties that occur when cells become malignant.
    • Biological Basis of Human Disease - considers the basic biological principals underlying the development of diseases in man.
    Final Year


    • Research Project - 6 month laboratory project
    • Research Skills - Research proposal, critical appraisal of research seminars, reflective practice.

    "Optional (choose four)" 

    • Neurodegenerative disease - considers the theoretical background and experimental techniques that have led to the current understanding of the cellular basis of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease and demyelinating diseases.  Regeneration of the damaged central nervous system
    • Obesity and metabolic disorders - provides understanding of the biology of energy metabolism and of adipose tissue, and the epidemiology and biomedical causes and consequences of obesity and associated metabolic diseases.
    • Stem Cell Biology - develops an understanding of what a stem cell is and of how stem cells are being developed as research tools and medicines.
    • Enzyme technology - provides a state of the art description of the applications of enzymes in a variety of commercial situations.  Laboratory-based practicals will demonstrate some of the key elements of enzymatic catalysis. The module will close with a discussion of possible future technologies.
    • Oxidative stress and inflammatory disease - provides students with an understanding of the role of redox signalling and oxidative damage in inflammation and disease.
    • ABC transporters in health and disease - considers the structure and function of ABC drug efflux transporters, their roles in the body and how they are linked to diseases.