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Postgraduate International Students

The University of Warwick is now part of the Tier 4 visa pilot scheme which offers a simpler visa application process and an extended visa expiry date giving you more time to look for work or gain work experience.

The University of Warwick has a large number of international students and here within the School of Life Sciences we warmly welcome your application. We are a diverse department with students and staff from all over the world studying and working together.
You will join a thriving and multi-national community of taught MSc students, of which approximately half are from overseas.
Warwick's School of Life Sciences is ranked 4th in the UK for Biosciences (The Guardian 2019).

Warwick is a Russell Group University ranked 79th in the world in the THE (Times Higher Education) 2019 World University Rankings. The 2019 QS World Rankings place us at 10th in the UK and 54th in the world. We are ranked 4th in Europe in the new Times Higher Education (THE) Europe Teaching Rankings 2018 and is the 3rd placed University in Europe offering Biological Sciences.

In March 2018 we were named as one of the world’s top 20 most international universities by the THE (Times Higher Education). Recognised for our international outlook, research influence and global academic reputation, Warwick is ranked 19th in the world and 7th in the UK. An international approach to higher education has been at the centre of the University of Warwick since its inception.

In the QS Best Student Cities 2018 rankings, Coventry was ranked 44th in the world and 5th in the UK.


Life Sciences facilities are excellent with modern lecture rooms and work spaces for MSc students. We have both an Interactive Computational Learning (ICL) suite and the BioMed Grid for independent and group study.

The Postgraduate Hub offers a dedicated space for you to access support, work in a collaborative environment and socialise with peers.


In addition to University support mechanisms and facilities, Life Sciences has its own extensive support structure. You will have a personal tutor who will be there throughout your time with us to help with both academic and personal issues. You can also choose to have a mentor, one of our PhD students or PostDoctoral researchers will advise you on academic writing.

Tailored English Language Classes, run specifically for our students by the Centre for Applied Linguistics, will help you improve your verbal and written English.

The support services e.g. the accommodation, health centre, library, security etc. were of a high standard and all the staff were always ready to help. The tutors were very helpful and my supervisor was very prompt and provided academic and personal support throughout the last term.
Javeria Hashmi, MSc Food Security

One of the best things I enjoyed on the MSc course was the high degree of support I received. The tutors and programme managers were always available and ready to help me solve any problem I had, whether the problem was academic or non-academic and this was one the major reasons why I was able to succeed during my programme.
Ayodele Fakoya, MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management

Our Quantitative Biology Centre (QuBiC) provides an opportunity for you to obtain support with the data handling skills that are important for Life Sciences research and a range of careers.

The University has just developed an online interactive tool to help Chinese students increase their employability and entrepreneurship skills.

In addition to the University Welcome Programme, you will have a full week induction programme within Life Sciences which will introduce you to your course, fellow students and the taught postgraduate team.

I found the orientation to be a great way for students to come to terms with their new surroundings and get to know other students from all over the world in the same position as themselves.
Arvinder Deol, Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management


The University has a very safe campus indeed. We are committed to keeping it that way by providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment for everyone who studies, works and visits here. The University has its own Security Services team who are responsible for helping to keep you safe and your property secure. The team operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


We offer a range of scholarships including Commonwealth Shared Scholarships and SLS Excellence Scholarships to help you fund your studies.

Your Career Options

You will gain a range of skills that lead to employment within industry, public and government organisations, small to medium businesses and consultancy. As well as scientific and applied knowledge you will be gaining the transferable skills so desired by employers. Many students choose to go onto further study, for example a PhD. Course web pages will give you course specific careers information.

This course helped me a lot! Currently, employers prefer people with diverse backgrounds rather than experts in a certain field. Moreover, the course improved my English ability by a large amount.
Zhiming Xiao, MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management

The course sharpened my transferable skills such as presentation, group work, poster design and academic writing. These prepared me for employment in the food business after graduation. Studying abroad has given me the chance to know myself better. If there is one piece of advice I can give to the future students, it would be to learn new things and find what gives you a sense of achievement.
Shihuang Fu, MSc Food Security

The Government’s 2017 & 2018 Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) show that Warwick's Life Sciences graduates are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for high earnings five years after their graduation.

The University of Warwick is in the top three most targeted university by top employers. High Fliers Report 2018.

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018 have ranked the University of Warwick in the world’s top 100 universities for graduate employability.

I am in the process of starting up a biotechnology company in Nigeria with the friends I made on the MSc course and the multidisciplinary knowledge and unique set of skills the MSc has provided us will help us to succeed as entrepreneurs.
Ayodele Fakoya, MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management

"I will resume working at the Scientific Research Council (Jamaica) in a new capacity as the Research Scientist for the Tissue Culture Unit, however, I have plans to start my own company to produce value added products from hemp plant.
Shishca Higgins, MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management

After this course I came to realize what I was truly interested in doing for a career, and the multi-disciplinary nature of this course helped me get that job (as a member of the corporate strategy and development team in a top 15 Indian pharma). They said that if not for this course, my background would have been too technical to even be considered for the position I now have.
Abbas Deesawala, MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management


Local advice about the application procedure is available from all British Council offices and University of Warwick representatives. See our Study International pages.


Hear from students and staff what it’s like to study Life Sciences here at Warwick



Group work is an important part of our degrees

ICL Suite
Our ICL Suite with 120 iMacs


BioMed Grid

Alumni Jobs

Look at some of the jobs our international graduates have secured.

Alumni Profiles

Nalini Pinto (India)

Huda Daud (Malaysia)

Sally Musungu (Kenya)

Shijia Qian (China)

David Zhu (Canada, working in Shanghai)

Watsapon Wattanasuepsin (Thailand)

You can view additional student profiles on the course pages


Please find lots more information on our University of Warwick International Study pages