Queen Mary University of London
Biology with a Year Abroad BSc (Hons)
Queen Mary University of London

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 35 graduates of Biology with a Year Abroad BSc (Hons) and other courses in at Queen Mary University of London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
79 /100
35 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in biology (non-specific)

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £24500 £30500
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £28000 £19500 - £30500 £24000 - £37000

Salary of all UK Graduates of biology (non-specific)

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £22375 £26273
25-75 percentile range £19489 - £26022 £16894 - £27526 £20699 - £33736

Course Description

Choose this programme if you’re looking for a flexible degree covering the whole of the biological sciences. In the first year you’ll build a strong scientific understanding of biochemistry, genetics, physiology and ecology, mastering new practical skills along the way with advanced lab work. From there you can choose from a wide range of modules for your second and final years, from evolutionary genetics and infectious disease to neuroscience, reproductive biology or plant diversity. Mix and match to take a broad approach to your studies, or drill deep into the areas that interest you most. If you’re passionate about ecology, conservation or animal biology, you’ll develop real-world skills with our field courses – studying large mammals in South Africa or ecological interactions in Croatia.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Biology with a Year Abroad, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Biology with a Year Abroad BSc (Hons) at Queen Mary University of London

20% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Teaching Professionals
15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
10% Sales occupations
10% Administrative occupations
5% Customer service occupations
5% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Information Technology Professionals
0% Managers, directors and senior officials
0% Natural and social science professionals

Measuring attainment in our modules against the intended learning outcomes involves either a series of coursework elements (practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests), an end of semester final summative assessment/written exam or a combination of both. Final-year students undertake a research or investigative project, assessed with a detailed written report, poster and interview.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

To include A Level Biology Excluded subjects: General Studies and Critical Thinking Please note: You will also be excepted to achieve a Pass grade in the practical endorsement for any of the following A levels - Biology, Chemistry, Physics - if taken with one of the Awarding Bodies in England.

We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.

We consider applications from students offering an EPQ and may make an alternative offer to include three A levels, one grade lower than our usual requirement, along with a specific grade in the EPQ.

6,5,5 from three HL subjects, to include Biology at HL

Queen Mary University of London welcomes applications from students currently studying Level 3 BTEC qualifications and will consider you for entry to the majority of our undergraduate courses. The typical entry requirements will vary according to the course you are applying for. Some of our courses require specific subject knowledge which you may not be able to cover as part of a Level 3 BTEC qualification and we may therefore require additional Level 3 qualifications to ensure that you are suitably prepared for relevant courses. A small number of our courses do not accept BTEC qualifications for entry, either as a standalone qualification, or in combination with other qualifications at Level 3. Information on our typical entry requirements and guidance for applying can be found at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/btec/ If you are at all unsure about the acceptability of your BTEC qualification for entry, please contact the Admissions team for individual advice ([email protected]).

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Biology with a Year Abroad, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Biology with a Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

Our most recent information regarding tuition fees can be found at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/tuitionfees/

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Queen Mary University of London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Queen Mary University of London in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #30 
    • #40 
    Biological Sciences
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #76 
    Biological Sciences
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #15 
    • #143 
    Biological Sciences
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #23 
    • #184 
    Biological Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #14 
    • #154 
    Biology & Biochemistry
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

See all 32 university rankings of Queen Mary University of London

About Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) was founded in 1989 in the Mile End district of London. This Russell Group University offers state-of-the-art facilities, including their Advanced Molecular Imaging Services, and the Genome Centre for DNA research at Barts and the London School of Medicine, among numerous others for a wide variety of subject matters. QMUL is without a doubt an excellent option for any student wishing to pursue a career path in scientific research, and is recognised worldwide as such.

Student composition of Queen Mary University of London

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

Queen Mary University of London - Mile End campus
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