"Molecular biology can be a window into anything, an almost universal tool in biology which can be used in the purest of research." Steve Kett, Course Leader
Our Molecular Biology degree is taught in state-of-the-art laboratories where you will discover the molecular processes that lie at the heart of biology. These processes support pioneering developments in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries.
Our specialist degree explores the interactions of cells and molecules and their applications within medicine, health and disease. You will discover how biology can support life-saving advancements within the pharmaceutical and biomedical fields and you will study within a department that is making groundbreaking developments in cancer prevention, placing you at the forefront of breakthrough research.
You will support your own investigations using these research findings and will study biological developments in cancer research (including the structure and function of genes, gene therapy, drug development and medical diagnostics).
BSc Biology (Molecular Biology) is part of a new suite of biology courses, designed to offer choice and flexibility in the modules you study. There is a common first year that focuses on covering the fundamentals of biology so you have the option of changing pathway at the end of the first year. Find out more about:
In Year 1 you will gain a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of biology from molecular to whole organism biology and develop an understanding of chemical principles for biologists.
In Year 2 you will take additional core modules to develop your knowledge of biochemistry (particularly enzyme function and metabolic pathways). You will also take a practical module from Biomedical Sciences: Cellular Sciences, enabling you to review the principles and practices of cellular pathology.
In your final year you will extend your knowledge of cellular and molecular biology and the molecular basis of disease, and consider gene expression in the normal and diseased states.
What will you gain? Throughout the course you will develop essential skills in laboratory and field work and build detailed knowledge of research methodologies.
All pathways focus on core biological disciplines including plant and animal biology, cell biology, microbial sciences and molecular biology.
BSc Biology (Molecular Biology) modules:
BSc Biology (Molecular Biology) modules:
Please note that options may only be available alternate years and module titles may change
You can find further information about this course in the programme specification.
Graduates from the BSc Biology (Molecular Biology) are able to recognise the fundamental importance of research and develop enquiring, analytical minds within a reflective framework.
Our academics are research active so new advances in the field are always used to inform teaching. Many of the modules on this course include practical sessions which may be laboratory, field or computer based investigations and simulations. In this way you are provided with many opportunities to develop skills in scientific research methods of hypothesis formation, data collection, evaluation and dissemination that not only develop your skills as a researcher but enhance your employability for a wide range of careers.
The dissertation is a major component of your final year where you are given the opportunity to engage with research. As part of this, students carry out an individual research project under the supervision of a researcher. Such work may involve field and/or laboratory based analyses and you are encouraged to innovate and to explore your own areas of interest. We actively encourage and support outstanding student work to be published or presented in public.
You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects including Science
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental and Public Health foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Molecular Biologists develop new ways to diagnose and treat diseases using the latest techniques. You could find yourself working in a laboratory within a university, biotechnology company or a range of agricultural, medical and veterinary institutes.
We encourage our students to undertake work placements, which improve industry knowledge, support the development of practical work-based skills and help graduates to succeed in the job market.
There are two placement opportunities as part of this course:
These placements usually run for seven months and you will not be expected to pay tuition fees during this time. Additionally, if your placement is unpaid, you can apply for a maintenance grant. We provide full support with your placement applications and deliver an induction course before you start. The Natural Sciences department has extensive experience in delivering placements and they work closely with our Placement Office which has specialist expertise in establishing contacts and finding suitable placement hosts.
You can apply for the BSc Biology (Molecular) with a year in industry course directly through UCAS (see Apply tab) or you can choose to take this option before the end of your first year.
This 30 credit placement can be taken either in the summer between Year 2 and 3 or as day release from University in the final year. If you choose to complete the module in the summer you can also use the experience to collect data for your dissertation.
"The application of molecular biology is almost endless and here are just a few examples:
So you can see, molecular biology can be a window into anything, an almost universal tool in biology which can be used in the purest of research, for example, what is life? Even now this is very hard to explain."
Some of the main features of our laboratories are: