Manchester Metropolitan University

151-200 th
Young University Rankings 2017
601–800 th
World University Rankings 2018
All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BH, United Kingdom


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. Features and benefits of the course :  The flexible degree courses we offer give you a thorough grounding in relevant aspects of the biological sciences.  Throughout your course you will acquire practical skills in the laboratory and in the field – both in the UK and overseas.  You will explore topics and issues that impact upon our lives and the world around us and there is a range of exciting and rewarding specialisms to choose from.  Opportunities for field-based study is a key feature of the programme. Currently we offer residential field course opportunities based in South Wales (year 1), Portugal (year 2) and Tanzania (year 2/3). Final year project students can also take the opportunity to conduct research in Tanzania and Kenya.  At Manchester Met the choice between MBiol and BSc can 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. If you are ineligible you will be transferred to the BSc (Hons) Biology route.  96% of students are overall satisfied with the BSc (Hons) Biology course. (From 28 (62%) students who responded to the 2015 National Student Survey.)  You will learn in high specification teaching and research laboratories which include a specialist microbiology and cell/molecular biology lab, a DNA-sequencing lab, specialist animal behaviour facilities with Ethovision and Observer software, invertebrate behaviour and freshwater biology labs, and controlled environment plant growth chambers. We also have high spec nuclear magnetic resonance, spectrometry and chromatography instrumentation which gives you hands-on experience of advanced analysis techniques.  You will have the opportunity to be involved in fieldwork in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.  Unique biological recording facility in Shrewsbury for species identification.  Read our conservation, evolution and behaviour group blogs:

  • Qualification
    Master of Biology - MBiol
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,Manchester