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MBiol (Hons) Ecology
MBiol (Hons) Ecology

MBiol (Hons) Ecology

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAA including Biology or Human Biology and a second science

  • We accept the following subjects as a second science: Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Further Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Statistics.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 39 credits at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit or higher. Must include Level 3 modules in Biology and a second science.

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD. We consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (2016 syllabus) with all 7 mandatory units plus 4-6 units from 8,9,10,11,12,13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23 and no more than 2 units from 15,16,21,22,24,25,26. We consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (2010 syllabus), please contact us for information on the units we accept.

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, D3 including Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.

  • European Baccalaureate, 85% overall including 8.5 in Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.

  • International Baccalaureate, 36 points including 6 in Higher Level Biology and 6 in another Higher Level science or mathematics subject. If English is not your first language then we require 5 in English B.

  • International foundation programme, Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

Our integrated Masters in Ecology examines how the Earth’s biological systems respond to environmental change and why this is important, at scales ranging from microorganisms to global climate shifts.

This course is ideal if you want an interdisciplinary approach to Ecology. You will have a wide range of options to tailor the course to your developing interests.

You’ll develop an understanding of the processes that occur within and between organisms through to investigating global systems and the influences that drive changes in these settings. Ecology at York ranges from studying the fundamentals of evolution, to the structure of populations and communities, and applications in conservation and environmental biology. You will build a solid foundation in theoretical concepts, which you will supplement with valuable experience in the field, and we have a dedicated field course in each of the first three years of the programme. As an ecologist, your focus on understanding our ecosystems and the processes occurring in them will be vital in helping us to work towards sustainable and effective solutions around current and future global challenges, whether around climate change, feeding the world sustainably or tackling diseases.

The integrated Masters course introduces a four-year programme that specifically focuses on the skills needed for a career as a research scientist. During this time you work with researchers within one of the UK’s top bioscience departments to learn specialised techniques; you will gain experience in a research lab doing pioneering work at the forefront of their field. You also undertake specialist research training and take Masters-level modules.

Adding a year in industry or a year abroad are both an option with this course too, so you can benefit from the advantages that a year away can bring. The Department of Biology will provide you with the opportunity to learn in new, spacious and modern teaching laboratories which provide excellent facilities for practicals and small group project work, alongside our state-of-the-art computing facilities.

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Year 1

Stage 1 (the first year) consists of core modules which are designed to give you an excellent basis on which to build your future studies and develop your interests.​

In a typical week you will have around 25 hours of contact time, typically six or seven lectures, two or three practicals, a skills workshop and a tutorial. You will also spend time on independent study, consolidating information from lectures and practicals and preparing work for tutorials.

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Genetics 

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

  • Cell and Developmental Biology 

  • Microbiology 

  • Animal and Plant Biology 

  • Genetics and Evolution 

  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists 

  • Small group tutorials 

Year 2

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists II 

  • Small group tutorials 

  • Genes and Genomes in Populations and Evolution 

  • Ecology of Animals, Plants and Microbes 

  • Organisms in their Environment 

  • Big Data Biology 

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Cell Biology 

  • Molecular Genetics and Development 

  • Neuroscience 

  • Immunology and Infection 

  • Food and Fuel 

  • Genome Expression and Maintenance 

Year 3

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Data analysis 

  • Group Research Project 

The Research Project is your chance to investigate a topic relevant to your interests from a wide range of projects across the Department.

You'll receive supervision from the project director and often work as part of a research group, giving you hands-on experience of a real research environment. At the end of the project you will produce a 4,000-6,000 word project report, give a presentation on the topic and produce a poster.

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Advanced Topics in Biotechnology

  • Ageing and Regenerative Medicine

  • Advanced Topics in Evolution and Genetics in Ecology 

  • Current Research in Ecology 

  • Conserving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene 

  • Advanced Ecology field course 

  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology 

  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience 

  • Advanced Topics in Microbiology 

  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology 

  • Human Genetics 

  • Haematology and Immunology in Health and Disease 

  • Advanced Topics in Pathogens and Pathogenesis 

  • Molecular Recognition 

  • Molecular Machinery in Action 

Year 4

Core modules

  • Research project

  • Research process

  • Research skills

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Experimental officer

  • Research analyst

  • Graduate purchaser

  • Business development executive

  • Ecological consultant

  • Accountancy

  • Laboratory technician

  • Clinic coordinator

  • Health care assistant

  • Data manager

  • Postgraduate study

  • PhD

  • Zoo keeper assistant

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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