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What makes an Integrated Masters in Animal Biology at Worcester special?

From the phenomenon of evolution to our curiosity regarding animal behaviour, we have always found ourselves enthralled by the wonders of the animal kingdom. Animal Biology explores this fascinating realm, from the functioning of a single cell right up to the processes that control reproduction and survival in complex organisms.

At Worcester, Animal Biology has a strong practical emphasis, reflecting the discipline’s increasing importance to our understanding of some of the major challenges facing society today, from the environment and global agriculture to international economic dynamics. This applied approach also gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and expertise invaluable in future employment.

In the fourth (masters) year you will undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise in Animal Biology within the department.

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Key features

  • Study for a four year Integrated Masters degree in Animal Biology in a friendly and supportive environment.
  • Take Animal Biology somewhere it has never been before with your independent study. Past studies have looked at DNA extractions from faeces of the Western Lowland Gorilla, the effect of raptors on roosting behaviour of waders, and the distribution and abundance of snakes in degraded forests in Madagascar.
  • Learn more about the latest technologies that are driving pure and applied Animal Biology research and its importance and application to solve problems encountered in industry and organisations.
  • Gain extensive practical experience and knowledge by working with academic and technical experts in new and refurbished laboratories and in the field using a range of specialist equipment.
  • Obtain a valuable postgraduate qualification and enhance your chances when applying for scientific jobs or a PhD degree.
  • The option to exit after three years and be awarded a BSc (hons) in Animal Biology.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Biology and A level in another science, maths or statistics.
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Biology
  • Other qualifications will be taken into account when considering your application, typical BTEC entry would be DMM.
Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Animal Diversity
  • Cell Biology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Ecology

Optional

  • Introduction to Human Biology and Disease
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Basis of Biological Surveying
  • Human Origins

Year 2

Mandatory           

  • Project and Career development
  • Molecular Genetics and Conservation

Optional

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Work Experience
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Agents and Allergens
  • Animal Senses and Survival
  • Comparative Animal Digestion and Nutrition
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Ecology of Fresh Waters
  • Field Techniques and Identification skills.

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study Project
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology

Optional

  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Work Experience
  • Animal Movement
  • Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Extension Module
  • Parasitology
  • Research Methods and Research Project
  • Residential Ecology Field Trip
  • Zoo-based Conservation

Year 4

Mandatory

  • Research Methods
  • Applied and Commercial Research
  • Integrated Masters Thesis/Project in Biology

In the first year the modules allow you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the key elements of animal biology. In Years 2 and 3 the subjects become more specialised and our modular scheme allows you to focus on the aspects of animal life which you find most interesting, ranging from animal behaviour to eco-physiology. A strong practical emphasis runs throughout the course, complementing a traditional approach to learning and giving you the chance to develop the practical skills which could be of great value in later employment.

In your third year you will undertake an Independent Study on a subject of your choice, having been well prepared for this by a Project and Career Development module in Year 2. Past studies have included topics such as a comparison of two methods of DNA extractions from faeces of the Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla spp.gorilla), the effect of raptors on roosting behaviour of waders, and the distribution and abundance of snakes in degraded forests in Madagascar.

Year 4 modules are common to a range of Biological Science Integrated masters courses but each subject specialisation will be achieved by students varying their selection of topics from within menus of material within each module. For example, an Animal Biology student will undertake an appropriate research project which will differ from the choices available to a Biochemist. Although there will be generic material, the individual skills delivered within the Applied and Commercial Research and Research Methods modules will also be tailored to deliver the individual needs of each Integrated Masters course.

Applied and Commercial Research is a unique aspect of our Integrated Masters programme compared with other institutions. It will offer students valuable insights into applied and commercial rather than just pure research. Most of this module will take advantage of current commercial and applied research expertise in our Charles Darwin Laboratories including the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit.

View the Biology Programmes Overview.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

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Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

  • Dr Chris Brown

    Dr Chris Brown

    Chris studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Following completion of his Honours degree, he joined the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology where he worked on their sub-Antarctic programme for several years, which included over two years carrying out research on the energetics and ecology of penguins, albatrosses and petrels on Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic.

  • Dr Kate Ashbrook

    Dr Kate Ashbrook

    Kate's background includes four years of post-doctoral studies at the University of Bath and a period as a field researcher for the Canadian Wildlife Service where she contributed to long-term monitoring of a seabird colony in Nunavut, Canada.

    Her research interests focus on using modelling to understand the dynamics of ecological systems and inform conservation management.

You will learn how to:

  • Become an independent, life-long learner.
  • Understand and apply knowledge and concepts in Animal Biology to enable continuing understanding of new techniques and discoveries in the subject area
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent piece of research and a research thesis/project that may be linked to a research group or commercial organisation.
  • Critically analyse new theories and conceptual issues in Animal Biology
  • Develop and apply approaches for problem solving; e.g. when constructing an effective research project or maximising the opportunity that your CV will be shortlisted
  • Undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise within the department.

Teaching Approach:

  • A variety of teaching techniques is used, including lectures, practicals, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials, videos, on-line and interactive resources and directed study.
  • An emphasis on activities which allow you to develop practical and transferable skills to increase your employability.
  • Some double modules to allow suitable development of the subject and for the delivery of important subject-specific and transferable skills.
  • An extended induction to allow the development of the necessary study skills as and when you need to use them.
  • Two special, course-based weeks each year to support skills development and employability.
  • Regular Personal Academic Tutorials on a one-to one basis to guide and support your studies.
  • Development of Laboratory and Field-Based pure and applied research skills.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

For the first three years you will follow the same modules as students on the BSc (Hons) course, which offer excellent practical hands-on experience. This course will prepare you for a number of different career paths including wildlife warden, health services, scientific research, teaching and education, as well as progression to higher degrees such as a PhD.

It is becoming increasing difficult for graduates to obtain PhD positions with only a BSc (Hons) degree. Graduates with an Integrated Masters degree would have significant additional research expertise that would enable them to progress straight to an MPhil/PhD position. There is an increasing need for graduates in the UK economy as skilled researchers for UK PLC. Such graduates have much to offer within the general area of applied biological research but also, critically, to drive forward the innovation that is vital for the UK economy.

There are many opportunities to extend your experience and enhance your CV by carrying out voluntary work. Staff members in the Institute have links with several Wild Life Trusts (including Worcestershire Wildlife Trust) and other environmental and conservation agencies, Sea Life Centres, Safari Parks etc. and can help organise voluntary work (which can feed into Independent Studies projects in the final year of study). There has also been the possibility for students to gain experience by volunteering to work within the Environmental Sustainability Eco Campus initiative.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You will also need a lab coat, which can be bought for around £13.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Animal Biology MBiol (Integrated Masters) - C1C3

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C1C3

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Lorraine Weaver

Head of Biological Sciences
01905 855598
l.weaver@worc.ac.uk

ISE Academic Support Unit

01905 855201/02/23
ise@worc.ac.uk