Our flexible BSc Biological Sciences offers modules ranging from cell and molecular biology to biodiversity and applied ecology. You also have the option to transfer to one of our more specialised courses at the end of your first year. You will find a wide choice of modules in your second and third years with options that allow you to continue to study a wide range of subjects, or to focus on the aspects of biology that you find most interesting. For example, you can choose a range of optional ecology modules (including a subsidised tropical field course) to develop your understanding of coral reef biology and community ecology or you can select from cell and molecular biology modules to study health and disease, proteins and genetics. Your individual third-year research project allows you to develop your interests further. You also study the broader ethical and socio-economic issues involved in subjects such as DNA fingerprinting, cloning and managing climate change.
Our courses are based on flexibility and choice, so that you can tailor your degree to your interests. In your first year you usually take four or five pre-requisite modules for your course allowing you flexibility to try subjects you have not come across before.
With a small number of exceptions, once you successfully complete the first year of your BSc, you qualify to enter the second year not only of that course but also of a range of other courses. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
We continue to offer a range of optional modules in your second and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project. The research project enables you to work in one of our research laboratories alongside our internationally reputed scientists, studying real science in a real scientific environment. Some of our science courses offer an optional extra year of an industrial placement.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Molecular Cell Biology;
Genetics and Evolution;
Biochemistry of Macromolecules;
Animal and Plant Biology Ecology; and
Life Science Key Skills
Skills in Ecology or Biomolecular Science;
Residential Field Course or Laboratory Workshop; and
optional modules from: Plants for the Twenty-first Century, Ecological Monitoring and Assessment, Cell Biology, Animal and Plant Physiology, Immunity in Health and Disease, Proteins and Regulation of Human Metabolism, Evolution, Populations and Communities, Biodiversity and Conservation, Molecular Biology, Microbial Diversity and Ecology, Marine and Freshwater Vertebrates, and Sulawesi Coral Reef Field Course
Research Project and Research Skills;
Issues in Biomolecular Science or Conservation Management Field Course; and
four optional modules from: Cancer Biology, Bioinformatics, Molecular Virology, Biochemical Regulation, Human Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, Climate Change, Immunology, Pollution: Impacts and Management, Tropical Aquatic Biology, and Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
A-levels: ABB-BBB, including Biology
GCSE Mathematics: C
GCSE English: C
IB: 32-30 points, including Higher Biology grade 5 and Standard Mathematics grade 4 (if not taken at Higher Level, we consider IB certificates at the Higher level on a case-by-case basis)
If taking the Access to HE Diploma in Sciences please e-mail us.
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.