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Biological Sciences Degrees

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.

I have always loved biology and this course offers a broad range of topics across all the biological disciplines.

Philippa Hirst
BSc Biological Sciences

All our degrees come with the possibility of a year long work placement or study abroad.

Year One modules

Laboratories and Tutorials (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

Tutorials (12 CATS)

Multicellular Systems (18 CATS)

Laboratories Biosci Year 2 (24 CATS)

Genetics and Evolution (18 CATS)

Molecular Cell Biology (18 CATS)

Ecology and Environment (18 CATS)

Optional modules

Pharmacology (12 CATS)

Clinical Microbiology (12 CATS)

Immunology (12 CATS)

Ecology and its Applications (12 CATS)

Protein Structure and Function (12 CATS)

Year Three core modules

Research Project (30 CATS)

Dynamics of Biological Systems (12 CATS)

Laboratories and tutorials (18 CATS)


Optional modules

Advanced Immunology (12 CATS)

Exploiting Innovation in Biology (12 CATS)

Oncology (12 CATS)

Science Communication (12 CATS)

Protein Targeting (12 CATS)

Environmental Science & Management (12 CATS)

Biological Clocks (12 CATS)

Principles of Development (12 CATS)

Integrative Neuroscience (12 CATS)

Bioenergy and Biorefining (12 CATS)

Bacteria: Genes to Behaviour (12 CATS)

Extreme Environment Biology (12 CATS)

Synthetic Biology (12 CATS)

One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases (12 CATS)

Business Studies 1 (15 CATS)

Business Studies 2 (15 CATS)

Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology (24 CATS)

IATL module (Any of the modules available from this list, in their 12 CAT version)

BSc Biological Sciences with placement year (Year 3)

A placement year can be taken between second and third years of study. It can be either a years work experience or a years study abroad.

Entry is via the BSc Biological Sciences course followed by an internal transfer at the end of year two.

MBio Biological Sciences department based (Year 4)

Extended Research project (80 CATS)

Research Skills (30 CATS)


MBio Biological Sciences with industrial placement (Year 4)

Extended research project in industry (90 CATS)

Research Skills (30 CATS)

Entry is via the MBio Biological Sciences course followed by an internal transfer.

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

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

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

BSc Biological Sciences with Placement Year

MBio Biological Sciences

MBio Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement

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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Biological Sciences

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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