Biology, MBiol Undergraduate prospectus

  • Specialise from year two onwards in a wide choice of modules - from cancer research to ecology
  • Research two original projects of your choice in third and fourth year working with professors in the relevant fields
  • Travel to Spain for a field trip, hear from speakers with international experience and benefit from expertise in global issues such as biofuels, food security and biodiversity.



The MBiol is a new programme offering breadth of study from cellular level through human biology to the global environment. It offers the same core options as Biomedical Science and Biological Science with further modules from year two onwards. These include Cancer Therapeutics – taught by a leading writer Lauren Pecorino, and Neuroscience – which explores conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. 

There is also the option to graduate after three years with a BSc Hons Biology degree. You will benefit from small laboratory class sizes and tutor support, as well as opportunities to attend lectures from other programmes such as biomedical science, human nutrition, pharmaceutical science, geography and environmental science. It also offers field work and practical laboratory opportunities.


The aims of the programme are to develop:

  • A multidisciplinary understanding of biology, from molecular to global level
  • The learning, analytical, critical, and presentational skills to support career development
  • The ability to investigate, document and analyse living systems and understand underlying philosophical, ethical and scientific paradigms
  • The knowledge portfolio and skills needed to thrive in industry, academia or public sector
  • Employment opportunities in the biomedical science, biotechnology, environmental consultancy, agribusiness and sustainable development sectors.

The MBiol makes you valuable to an employer because of the emphasis on research with two original projects required in year three and four.

International opportunities

Students have benefited from laboratory based experience in Spain, Turkey, United States and France. You can also apply for an extra diploma of industrial practice when you complete a placement.

Multi-disciplinary structure

The MBiol's multidisciplinary structure offers the choice to study broadly or specialise. Modules do require a minimum number of students to run each year and may be subject to change.

The programme is designed collaboratively between four of our departments:

  • The Medway School of Pharmacy is a collaboration between the University of Greenwich and University of Kent. It offers specialist teaching in pharmacy, pharmacology, physiology and chemistry. It scores consistently high marks in the National Student Survey each year
  • The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) has a reputation for delivering high quality research, advice, teaching and training in support of global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction. Projects including partnerships with the UK Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Life and Sports Science is where you can specialise in topics, such as medical biochemistry, medical physiology or sports science (with professional football coaching). Some subjects are vocational and accredited by professional bodies, others provide entry to teaching and research
  • Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Science underpins its teaching with world-class research. The department has strong interests in medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, metabonomics, bioactive materials, chemometrics, land remediation, geographical information systems and environmental conservation and chemistry.


We provide you with a white laboratory coat, an iPad and safety glasses in the first few weeks of your programme. All field trips are included free of charge and we offer a range of bursaries and scholarships to support you with tuition fees.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical Offer: 128 Points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate


  • A-level: 40 Points from Biology
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 40 Points from Biology
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science
  • Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree, with which you may be able to enter this degree in Year 2 or later.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Applicants must have successfully completed 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). You will be required to attend an interview.

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

What people say

"I like MBiol for its ability to allow you to discover what it is you love about Biology. I came to university straight from A-Levels and was unsure as to what path, out of the many in Biology, to go down. The MBiol course gave me the opportunity to experience quite different disciplines within Biology early on, and then allowed me to pick from the course options spanning these many disciplines. The teaching methods have been both refreshing and captivating. The Plant Science course was challenging and interesting throughout, introducing content and concepts that had not been previously taught in any educational setting. To have the opportunity to be taught by and work with the staff members at NRI has been one of the best experiences in my academic life. Their views, aims and teaching are inspiring and progressive." 

Harrison Lambert

"I enjoyed the MBiol because of the variety of learning it provides. You can pick what you'd like to study, across multiple departments, giving you a lot more choice than other programmes. I particularly enjoyed the Plant Science module. It was a lot more interesting than I had anticipated and both lecturers were incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their topic. The teaching staff across both LSS and NRI are wonderful and this opportunity has been amazing." 

Lesley Darlington

"I like that on the MBiol course you have the freedom to choose most of your courses in later years, and that you have the opportunity to choose courses from other subject areas you would otherwise not get to try. I have enjoyed Pharmacology as it is interesting, taught and organised well, the feedback is good and the lecturers are always available to help." 

Michaela Bluck

Extra information


Teaching and learning methods include:

  • Groupwork
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Investigations
  • Online problem solving.

Students are assessed through a mix of:

  • Written examinations
  • Course work
  • Case study reports
  • Problem-solving exercises
  • Critical reviews and analysis
  • Presentations
  • Scenario based assessments
  • Practical reports, together with independent project reports.

Professional recognition

Accreditation is being planned, and discussions are under way with the relevant professional bodies.


Employment opportunities are available in industrial and medical research. You could also create health or environmental policy, or work as a consultant, normally for companies and non-governmental organisations. You may also pursue careers in teaching and writing for scientific journals. 

After this programme, you could also apply for medical school and qualify as a doctor in four years, or become a physician's associate and qualify in two years. You can also progress straight to PhD level following this programme.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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