University of Leicester
Biological Sciences (Zoology) MBiolSci
University of Leicester

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Zoology includes the behaviour, ecology, conservation and evolution of everything in, and associated with, the animal kingdom, including humans. Zoologists study such processes in all types of organisms and research how they influence behaviour and ecosystems. On the MBiolSci, you will hone your research and laboratory skills and extend your medically specialised BSc programme into a fourth year of masters level study.

On the MBiolSci in Biological Sciences (Zoology) you will explore theoretical and practical aspects of animal biology and biodiversity including animal behaviour, development, ecology, evolution and animal physiology. You will gain a comprehensive, up-to-date understanding of the approaches to research in zoology and practical experience of the techniques that zoologists use to tackle some of the most important questions in neurobiology, behaviour, ecology and evolution through analysis of molecular processes. Alongside the fundamental theories of zoology you will learn to understand how whole animal sciences interact with the molecular processes of genetics and biochemistry to govern behaviour, evolution and the interactions of organisms with each other. You will also experience the fun and camaraderie of working and experimenting in the field, in the UK and abroad, whilst learning key subject-specific and employability skills.

You will also gain a broad understanding of fundamental biological processes, while developing analytical skills and gaining experience in handling complex information. By studying zoology alongside options in other biological sciences, you will be able to apply your knowledge across the boundaries of traditional disciplines and gain a valuable and powerful asset in scientific environments and in many other walks of life.

The first three years of this course are identical to the Biological Sciences (Zoology) BSc, including the option to spend a Year in Industry or a Year Abroad between Years 2 and 3. Your fourth year then lets you focus on refining your research and lab skills - while also putting into practice your employability skills - by conducting a research project in one of six specialist areas.

The analytical and critical skills you acquire by studying an MBiolSci in Biological Sciences are particularly valued by PhD supervisors, researchers and employers in non-scientific fields.

What's the difference? At the University of Leicester, we offer seven Biological Science subjects and four Medical Bioscience subjects, all as both BSc (three years) and MBiolSci (four years), plus a Foundation Year option, giving you an impressive range of 23 different courses to choose from.

Biological Science covers major aspects of biology and molecular science across a wide range of organisms from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. All 14 courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1. Medical Science allows you to select specialist modules that focus more closely on the application of biological principles to medicine. All eight courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1. It is possible to switch between a Biological Science course and a Medical Bioscience course during the first half of your first year, but after that the two fields diverge.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 105 graduates of Biological Sciences (Zoology) MBiolSci at University of Leicester for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Biological Sciences.

Overall student satisfaction
78 /100
105 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/student-information-and-data/national-student-survey-nss">Office for Students</a>

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Biological Sciences (Zoology) MBiolSci at University of Leicester

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Biological Sciences (Zoology) MBiolSci 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 £21000 £26500 £31000
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £25000 £18500 - £36000 £24500 - £45500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Biological Sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20007 £17852 £21830
25-75 percentile range £17182 - £23986 £13843 - £23064 £17316 - £28312

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Biological Sciences (Zoology), MBiolSci you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Modules

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

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

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

Example below based on all graduates of Biological Sciences (Zoology) MBiolSci at University of Leicester

15% Caring personal services
10% Natural and social science professionals
10% Administrative occupations
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
10% Teaching Professionals
5% Elementary occupations
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals

For more information on the methods of assessment on this course, visit the course information page on our website

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

including at least two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. General Studies is not accepted.

including at least two relevant science subjects from from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Two AS subjects may be considered in place of one A-level. Must be taken alongside two full A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

A strong science Access course is required. Please contact Admissions Office before applying to check acceptability for Access module content and your overall academic profile.

including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Applied Science Diploma considered with an A-level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, plus standard GCSE requirements. Applied Science Diploma considered with an non-science A-level, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. English Language and Mathematics to be held at minimum grade C/4.

Considered with three A-levels. Typical offer; ABB - BBB + EPQ at grade B. A- level subjects to include at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.

to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two relevant HL science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.

Applied Science. Plus five GCSEs at B/5 or above including two relevant sciences

including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Accepted in place of a third A-level at grade B or above, provided at least two relevant science A-level subjects are taken from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Biological Sciences (Zoology), MBiolSci.

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Leicester is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Biological Sciences (Zoology) MBiolSci

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

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for home students is reviewed annually and for the academic year 2022/3 it is £9,250. The fees for following years have not yet been decided but are likely to increase each year in line with inflation, subject to government regulations. The inflation rate used will be RPIX, which includes all the items in the Retail Price Index, excluding mortgage payments. For your information, the inflation rate used by the Government when increasing the tuition fee from £9,000 to £9,250 was 2.8%.

Fees for international students can be found on the individual course pages. https://le.ac.uk/courses

For further information about fees and funding please see the following page of the University website: https://le.ac.uk/student-life/undergraduates/fees-funding

Average student cost of living in the UK

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, 2023

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)
  • year 2

University Rankings

Positions of University of Leicester in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Leicester in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #28 
    • #39 
    Biological Sciences
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #12 
    • #89 
    Biological Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #14 
    • #151 
    Biological Sciences
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #20 
    • #251 
    Biological Sciences
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #28 
    • #275 
    Biological Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #20 
    • #265 
    Biology & Biochemistry
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

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About University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is a research university that receives its funding from public sources, located in Leicester, England. Its main campus is approximately one mile south of the city centre, close to Victoria Park and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College. As for the other campuses, the Fielding Johnson Building is home to the university’s administration offices, while the Attenborough Tower and Engineering Building house the College of Social Sciences and laboratories respectively.

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