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MSci in Biological Sciences (Full Time)

University College London

Masters Degree , Biological Sciences

Course Description

This four-year MSci offers an additional year on top of the Biological Sciences BSc, which includes an extended research project in the fourth year, providing extra depth and knowledge which will particularly benefit those interested in further research. You will have the option to choose the MSci Biological Sciences (International Programme), which offers you the possibility to spend your third year abroad in Asia, Australia, Europe or the USA.

  • You will have the opportunity to choose a specialist MSci degree route in

    Biological Sciences: Cell Biology

    Biological Sciences: Computational Biology

    Biodiversity and Conservation

    Genetics

    Human Genetics

    Zoology

  • Our teaching takes advantage of the broad range of research activity in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) and the research centres within GEE www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/departments/gee

  • Your final year project will form the majority of your final year - you will be an active member of the GEE Research Department.

  • Our Summer Studentship scheme allows second- and third-year students to experience original research in the laboratory or the field.

This four-year MSci offers an additional year on top of the Biological Sciences BSc, which includes an extended research project in the fourth year, providing extra depth and knowledge which will particularly benefit those interested in further research. You will have the option to choose the MSci Biological Sciences (International Programme), which offers you the possibility to spend your...

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Course Content

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Year 1

Core or compulsory module(s)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Microbiology
Cells and Development
Life on Earth
Quantitative Biology
Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Optional modules

Either Chemistry for Biologists or Fundamentals of Biology 

Year 2

Route Options

After the first year, you will have the opportunity to either remain on the general MSci Biological Sciences degree programme, or transfer to one of our specialist MSci degree routes in:

Biological Sciences: Cell Biology

Biological Sciences: Computational Biology (only available after the second year)

Biodiversity and Conservation

Genetics

Human Genetics

Zoology

The compulsory modules will vary, depending on the specialist degree route you will choose. Further information on these specialist degree programmes can be found on the above Biological Sciences departmental webpage. 

A wide range of optional modules, depending on the specialist degree route you will choose

Year 3

Core or compulsory module(s)

Literature Review

Optional modules

You will select up to 90 credits from a wide range of optional modules in your chosen degree and from other approved disciplines within UCL. If you have transferred to the International Programme we will help you select appropriate modules during your year abroad.

Year 4

Core or compulsory module(s)

MSci Extended Research Project in Biological Sciences

Optional modules

You will select 30 credits from a wide range of optional modules in your chosen degree and from other approved disciplines within UCL.

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year. Year 1 Core or compulsory module(s) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Introduction to Genetics Introduction to Microbiology Cells and Development Life on Earth Quantitative Biology Methods in Ecology and...

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Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades

AAA

Subjects

Biology required plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

GCSEs

English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades

ABB (more about contextual offers)

Subjects

Biology at grade A required plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

IB Diploma

Points

38

Subjects

A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Biology at grade 6 and one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.

Contextual offer

Points

34 (more about contextual offers)

Subjects

A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects including Biology at grade 6 and one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

A Levels Grades AAA Subjects Biology required plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew...

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Assessment Methods

Initially you will be assessed primarily by end-of-year examinations, with a smaller component from practical reports or other coursework such as essays. As your programme progresses, research-based coursework exercises will become more important, culminating in your final-year project.

Initially you will be assessed primarily by end-of-year examinations, with a smaller component from practical reports or other coursework such as essays. As your programme progresses, research-based coursework exercises will become more important, culminating in your final-year project.