Biological Sciences MSci
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.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 26 January 2022
- London, Bloomsbury
- Biology required plus one from Chemistry, Life and Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
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- Biology at grade A required plus one from Chemistry, Life and Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
- 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. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.
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- 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. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Biology required plus one from Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Biology required plus one from Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA. Biology required plus one from Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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.
You will have the opportunity to choose a specialist MSci degree route in:
- Biological Sciences: Cell Biology
- Biological Sciences: Computational Biology
- Biodiversity and Conservation
- Human Genetics
Our teaching incorporates research activity in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment - www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/gee
Opportunity in year three to study at leading universities abroad.
Summer Studentship scheme second and third-year students to experience original research in the lab or the field.
Your final year project will form the majority of your final year - you will be an active member of the GEE Research Department.
Excellent facilities include the field station at Blakeney Point in Norfolk, the Grant Museum of Zoology and the UCL Cruciform Hub.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The first year of this programme covers a core range of subjects from across the biological sciences, giving you a firm foundation upon which to base your later choices.
In your second year, you can either continue towards an MSci degree in general biological sciences, or you can choose from six specialised MSci degree routes.
In your third year you have the choice to take modules from many different subjects across UCL. You may also apply to transfer to the International Programme MSci and spend your third year at one of our partner universities in Asia, Australia, Europe or North America.
The fourth year will be largely centred on a supervised research project, occupying 75% of your time. You will also take advanced Master's level modules, providing extra depth and breadth of knowledge.
Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Biological Sciences.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Microbiology
Cells and Development
Life on Earth
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Either Chemistry for Biologists or Fundamentals of Biology
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
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.
Investigative Project in Biological Sciences
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.
MSci Extended Research Project in Biological Sciences
You will select 30 credits from a wide range of optional modules in your chosen degree and from other approved disciplines within UCL.
This programme consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, problem-based learning and extensive personal study. You will have the opportunity to take part in UCL's world-leading research from your first year onwards, either in the laboratory or studying animals and plants in their natural habitats.
You will have the option of taking field courses based at our Blakeney Point field station in year one and in Spain or in the UK in years two or three.
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.
Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Biological Sciences MSci.
Biological Sciences can lead to a wide range of careers. There is key skills training embedded in our degrees (e.g., in statistics, computing and in giving presentations), which helps make you attractive to employers.
Many of our graduates choose to undertake further studies, aiming for a research career in a university or in industry. As well as careers in scientific fields, such as in the health service, conservation or the pharmaceutical industry, our graduates have also pursued further training or employment in management, teaching, accounting, the civil service and law.
UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
“One of my highlights has been studying abroad at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. The opportunity to spend a year in Canada studying, exploring and meeting people from all over the world was incredible.”Alice Miller - Biological Sciences MSci Fourth Year
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £28,500 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
Students will need to purchase a lab coat.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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