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Biological Sciences (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Biological Sciences at Warwick?

  • Our flexible degree programmes provide an integrated first-year core syllabus to develop your experience across the breadth of the biological sciences, while enabling you to choose optional modules according to your career ambitions or academic interests. From your second year, you have the option to pursue areas of academic interest outside science such as law, business or languages.
  • Our teaching is underpinned by world-class academic research, with a strong emphasis on practical laboratory teaching. We provide you with a supportive and stimulating study environment, including close supervision by your personal academic tutor through academic tutorials. In the 2014-15 National Student Survey 90% of students were satisfied overall with their course.
  • Our four-year integrated Master’s courses provide an additional year of study focused on a substantial research project within the School or in industry. You can apply directly for these courses or, if you are a BSc student and you reach a suitable level of achievement in your second year, you can apply to transfer onto the related integrated Master’s course.

Dr Emma Anderson

School of Life Sciences

Matt Jarman

Current Student

Why study at Warwick

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What will I learn?

Providing a firm grounding in the entire scale of biological systems, this flexible course covers topics from molecules to ecosystems, with options to tailor modules to your chosen career path and interests by specialising in areas including genetics, microbiology, ecology, virology, physiology and infection. It is the ideal platform for a career in many areas related to biology, such as research or science publishing.

You will learn in a supportive environment, maintaining regular contact with a personal academic tutor. The course will enrich your understanding of health and wellbeing of humans and animals, the biology of molecules and cellular systems, and the biological challenges facing us in a changing world. You will develop the research and analysis, presentation, communication, problemsolving and writing skills that are essential in all employment sectors.

Following an in-depth foundation in biology, biochemistry and genetics in your first year, the course allows you to focus on specialist fields with more project-oriented lab work in your second year. You can also attend an optional field course, subsidised by the School but a financial contribution is required, with recent destinations including Pembrokeshire (Wales) and the CEBIMar, São Sebastiãn (Brazil). In your third year you complete a challenging full-time research project on an area of particular academic interest. This may be lab-based, or involve data analysis, fieldwork, or literature-based research. If you follow the four-year MBio programme you will undertake an additional final-year extended research project within the School or on an industrial placement. This will give you invaluable experience of applying your subject knowledge to real-life workplace challenges

How will I learn?

You will have weekly (first year) and fortnightly (second and third years) taught tutorials, which are in small groups to ensure that you are able to develop, and receive regular feedback on assessment.

Purpose-built teaching facilities are fully integrated with research laboratories, meaning you will be learning alongside teaching and research staff who are at the cutting edge of their fields. You will spend one or two days a week undertaking lab work. This becomes more project-oriented in your second year, culminating in a six-week individual research project in your third year. In their final year, MBio students undertake a further 27-week research project.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through tutorials, laboratory practical, oral presentation, written assignment and exam-based questions.

What opportunities are there for work placements?

MBio students can choose between an extended research project in a research lab within the Department and a 12-month industrial research placement in their final year. Recent placements in industry have included the Assisted Reproduction Unit at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, AstraZeneca, GSK and Novartis. Both routes allow you to join carefully monitored research projects, covering a wide range of scientific areas
and giving you valuable experience in scientific writing, data analysis and information technology.

Many of our BSc and MBio students also choose to undertake work placements during vacations. We actively promote this, and will support you with applications and interview skills.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB, including Biology or ABB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science).
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

International Baccalaureate 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies, Critical Thinking or key skills at A2 level.

Further Information

Gap Year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days We invite all offer holders to Departmental Open Days in the spring term. For details of our main University Open Days and other opportunities to see campus head to our Visit Us pages.

What modules could I study?

Our degree courses are specially designed to provide choice and flexibility.

Year One modules could include Laboratories and Tutorials; Animal and Plant Biology; Physiology and Metabolism; Molecules, Cells and Organisms; Environmental Biology; Agents of Infectious Disease; Quantitative Skills for Biology.

Year Two core modules include Tutorials; Multicellular Systems; Laboratories for Biological Sciences; Genetics and Evolution; Molecular Cell Biology and Ecology and Environment. Optional modules could be selected from Clinical Microbiology; Immunology; Ecology and its Applications; Protein Structure and Function; Pharmacology.

In Year Three core modules comprise a Research Project, Dynamics of Biological Systems and Laboratories and tutorials. Optional modules can be chosen from Advanced Immunology; Oncology; Protein Targeting; Environmental Science & Management; Biological Clocks; Principles of Development; Integrative Neuroscience; Bioenergy and Biorefining; Exploiting Innovation in Biology; Synthetic Biology; One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases; Science Communication; Business Studies 1 and 2.

Visit the School of Life Sciences website to find out more about the degree structure and module options

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.  

Some of our recent graduate destinations include:

GlaxoSmithKline, Research and Development Scientist; Public Health England, Medical Public Relations Consultant; Great Ormond St Hospital, Technical Geneticist; Department of Agriculture and Agrifood, Assistant Plant Pathologist; Oppenheimer, Intern with Investment Bank.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level: AAB, including Biology or ABB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science)

You must also achieve a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).

IB: 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
School of Life Sciences

Student blogs
Emily Morris - Life Sciences

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry