University undergraduate students studying in the Monica Partridge Building Digital Hub. Friday November 5th 2021.Megan Mahoney (blue top); Cole Pearce; Jane Israel (denim jacket) and Sara Bintey Kabir (yellow top); Francis (black and white hoodie); Adam and Lucy Woodward and Zoe Markham-Lee (ponytail)

Biology MSci

Medical School Queen's Medical Centre, University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Are you ready to join the next generation of biological researchers, tackling challenges such as emerging infectious diseases or the biodiversity crisis?

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this integrated master's degree will take you on a journey from learning about the building blocks of life and its incredible diversity in year one, to the cutting edge of biological research in year four.

You will receive training in the key knowledge, practical and transferable skills needed to enter the world of research and development in academia and industry.  Be part of a community where scientists develop new drugs, create more productive crops, and devise new conservation strategies. 

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Core Skills in Biology, Genetics & Zoology

Mandatory

Year 1

Genes, Molecules and Cells

Mandatory

Year 1

Life on Earth

Optional

Year 1

Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Optional

Year 1

Human Physiology

Optional

Year 1

Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Optional

Year 1

Hallmarks of Cancer

Optional

Year 1

Causes and Consequences of Cancer

Mandatory

Year 2

Higher Skills in the Biological Sciences

Mandatory

Year 2

The Genome and Human Disease

Mandatory

Year 2

Neurobiology of Disease

Optional

Year 2

Bacterial Genes and Development

Optional

Year 2

Microbial Biotechnology

Optional

Year 2

Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

Optional

Year 2

Infection and Immunity

Optional

Year 2

Evolutionary Biology of Animals

Optional

Year 2

Ecology

Optional

Year 2

Building Brains

Optional

Year 2

Biodiversity Field Course

Optional

Year 2

Reproductive Physiology

Optional

Year 2

Animal Behaviour and Physiology

Optional

Year 2

Behavioural Ecology Field Course

Optional

Year 2

The Green Planet

Optional

Year 2

Developmental Biology

Optional

Year 2

Biological Photography and Imaging I

Optional

Year 2

Bacterial Genes and Development

Optional

Year 2

Microbial Biotechnology

Mandatory

Year 3

Research Project

Mandatory

Year 3

Science and Society

Optional

Year 3

Advances in Immunology

Optional

Year 3

Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Optional

Year 3

Biological Photography and Imaging II

Optional

Year 3

Evolution and Behaviour

Optional

Year 3

Evolutionary Ecology

Optional

Year 3

Immunity and the Immune System

Optional

Year 3

Molecular Parasitology

Optional

Year 3

Advanced Developmental Biology

Optional

Year 3

Pathogens

Optional

Year 3

Population Genetics

Optional

Year 3

Conservation Genetics

Optional

Year 3

Molecular Plant Pathology

Optional

Year 3

Molecular Evolution: Constructing the Tree of Life

Optional

Year 3

Virology

Optional

Year 3

Conservation

Optional

Year 3

Biological Challenges in the Tropics

Optional

Year 3

Ageing, Sex and DNA Repair

Optional

Year 3

Cancer Biology

Optional

Year 3

Common and Complex Diseases

Optional

Year 3

Plant Disease Control

Optional

Year 3

Sex, Flowers and Biotechnology

Optional

Year 3

Plant Ecophysiology

Optional

Year 3

Reproduction and Fertility

Optional

Year 3

Aquatic Biology

Optional

Year 3

The Dynamic Cell

Mandatory

Year 4

Research Project

Mandatory

Year 4

Research Presentation Skills

Mandatory

Year 4

Research Planning and Preparation

Optional

Year 4

Cutting-edge Research Technologies and Ideas in Molecular Biology

Optional

Year 4

Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis

Optional

Year 4

Process and Practice in Science

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Tuesday 3 October 2023.

How you will learn

You will study in the School of Life Sciences building on University Park Campus and the Medical School, which is embedded in the Queen's Medical Centre. We have large lecture theatres, smaller seminar rooms and large multidisciplinary laboratories.

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Formative assessments
  • Lab reports
  • Literature review
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Poster presentation
  • Practical exams
  • Practical write-ups
  • Presentation
  • Short project

  • Approximately 18 hours of contact time per week split between tutorials, lectures and practicals, with 18 hours of self study.
  • You will be in a tutor group of no more than 7 students.
  • Varying class sizes.
University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

You will graduate with a sound understanding of the biology of animals, plants and microbes and the biochemical, evolutionary and genetic processes that underlie their biology. Your final year project will have given you the freedom to pursue a specific research area of interest. The combined knowledge and skills gained from all years of your undergrad degree will prepare you for either further study or a career in many varied industries including:

  • Biomodeical
  • Conservation
  • Bioinformatics and Data Analaysis
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Graduate Veterinary and Medicine Programmes
  • Civil Service
  • Scientific Governemntal Agencies
  • Teaching
  • University Research
  • Journalism and Science Communications

Find out more about the career options open to biology graduates, including recent Nottingham graduate destinations by visiting our careers page.

Average starting salary and career progression

93.90% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £28,993.


HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017- 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Course data

Open Day June 2022