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Heriot-Watt University

UCAS Code: C100 | Master of Biology - MBiol

Entry requirements

A level

B,B,C-A,B,B

including a science subject (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics) for entry to Year 1. For entry to Year 2: ABB including Biology or Human Biology.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

It is also a requirement of every applicant to have English and Mathematics at a minimum of National 5 Grade C or GCSE Grade C or 4 (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

including a science subject at Higher Level 5 for entry to Year 1. For entry to Year 2: 32 points with Biology at Higher Level 6.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in relevant subject for entry to Year 1. For entry to Year 2: DDM in relevant subject.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B

including Biology or Human Biology plus Highers AABB for entry to Year 2.

Scottish HNC

Pass

HNC in relevant subject with C in graded unit for entry to Year 1. For Year 2 entry: HNC in relevant subject (science based course to include Biology) with grade B in graded unit.

Scottish HND

Pass

For Year 2 entry: HND in relevant subject (science based course to include Biology) with grades BB in graded units. For Year 3 entry: HND in a relevant subject (science based course to include Biology) with grades BA in graded units.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B

including a science subject (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics).

We will consider T Levels as suitable for entry to our degree programmes, however, certain subject requirements may be required for entry to specific programmes. Where this is not evident as part of the T Level studies, we may ask for additional qualifications.

UCAS Tariff

96-128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course

Course option

5years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Biological sciences

The Integrated Master’s in Biology expands on the traditional BSc Biology degree with a further year of study that culminates in graduation with an M.Biol. This programme will train and equip graduates for a career in modern biological industries. The aims of this new degree are to enhance the creativity and employability of our best students by exposing them to courses that will allow them to grow their skill-set in business and entrepreneurship, as well as fully capitalise on their laboratory and field work skills in Biology. As well as taught courses, there is a strong emphasis on practical work with the entirety of the second semester being devoted to project work. The M.Biol will result in graduates who are well suited to a range of contemporary graduate employment posts in the Biology sector, including the environmental, biomedical and biotechnological sectors.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£24,048
per year
International
£24,048
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni

Course location:

Edinburgh Campus

Department:

Biology

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

69%
Biological sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biosciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
2%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation

The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biosciences (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Science, engineering and production technicians
15%
Engineering professionals
12%
Natural and social science professionals

These stats refer to the prospects of graduates from general courses in biosciences. About a quarter go into further study and for those who go into work, bioscience, teaching and finance jobs are the most common types of employment. But you can go into most careers with this kind of degree — the majority of jobs for graduates don’t ask for a particular degree subject - and you will acquire a wide range of skills valued by many employers. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences (non-specific)

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£25k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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