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Biological Sciences Degrees

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This course spans the entire scale of biological systems - from molecules to ecosystems.

It offers broad exposure to cutting edge research in molecular, cellular and whole organism biology, while describing applications of science to major global challenges such as environmental management, food security, biotechnology and human health.

"This is a very broad course that offers the chance to explore multiple aspects of Life Sciences; to find the area you like best and introduce you to things you’d not thought to explore."

Adam Pickles
BSc Biological Sciences

Year One modules

Laboratories and Assessed Work (30 CATS)

Physiology and Metabolism (18 CATS)

Animal and Plant Biology (12 CATS)

Environmental Biology (12 CATS)

Agents of Infectious Disease (12 CATS)

Quantitative Skills for Biology (12 CATS)

Molecules, Cells and Organisms (24 CATS)


Year Two core modules

Tutorial Assessments (15 CATS)


Molecular Cell Biology (15 CATS)

Plant Molecular Development (15 CATS)

Genetics and Genomics (15 CATS)

Ecology Principles and Processes (15 CATS)

Biological Oceanography (15 CATS)

Evolution (15 CATS)

Optional modules

Neuropharmacology (15 CATS)

Clinical Microbiology (15 CATS)

Immunology (15 CATS)

Ecology and its Applications (15 CATS)

Protein Structure and Function (15 CATS)

Microbial Pathogens (15 CATS)

Neurobiology (15 CATS)


Year Three core modules


Research Project (30 CATS)

Laboratories and tutorials (15 CATS)


Optional modules

Dynamics of Biological Systems (15 CATS)

Synthetic Biology (15 CATS)

Virology and Immunology (15 CATS)

Exploiting Innovation in Biology (15 CATS)

Oncology (15 CATS)

Science Communication (15 CATS)

Protein Targeting (15 CATS)

Environmental Science & Management (15 CATS)

Biological Clocks (15 CATS)

Principles of Development (15 CATS)

Integrative Neuroscience (15 CATS)

Bioenergy and Biorefining (15 CATS)

Bacteria: Genes to Behaviour (15 CATS)

Extreme Environment Biology (15 CATS)

One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases (15 CATS)

Business Studies 1 (15 CATS)

Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology 15 CATS)

IATL module (Any of the modules available from this list, in their 15 CAT version)

BSc Biological Sciences with placement year (Year 3)

Study Year Abroad or Work Placement (120 CATS)

MBio Biological Sciences department based (Year 4)

Extended Research project (80 CATS)

Research Skills (28 CATS)

Research Proposal and Funding (12 CATS)


MBio Biological Sciences with industrial placement (Year 4)

Extended research project in industry (90 CATS)

Research Skills (18 CATS)
Research Proposal and Funding (12 CATS)  

Students take a minimum of 120 CATS per year (CATS = credits).

Students who do not have A2 Chemistry (or equivalent) will have to take and pass an additional module Chemistry for Biologists (PASS/FAIL).

Progression requirements are in place for MBio students at the ends of their second and third years. If requirements are not met then students move to a BSc degree.

With permission, students can take additional modules such as language modules; these require specific approval from the School of Life Sciences.

Our course and module content and schedule is continually reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research expertise at Warwick. So it is therefore very important that you check back here for the latest information before you apply and when you accept an offer (as set out in our terms and conditions).


BSc Biological Sciences (C100)

BSc Biological Sciences with Placement Year (C101)

MBio Biological Sciences (C1A1)

MBio Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement (C1A5)

Duration: BSc 3 or 4 years / MBio 4 years
Typical offer for BSc: AAB-ABB
Typical offer for MBio: AAA-AAB
Starts: October

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All of our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) and our MBio degrees hold advanced accreditation. RSB accredited degrees undergo rigorous, independent assessment to ensure a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

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