Why study Biological Sciences at Warwick?
- At the School of Life Sciences 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
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
Our Biochemistry degree explores the biochemical and structural basis of molecular, cellular and developmental processes in a variety of organisms, and prepares you to work in a range of settings within biological, biochemical and medical sciences.
You will learn in a supportive environment, maintaining regular contact with a personal academic tutor, with flexibility to tailor the course to your own interests. You will develop a sound understanding of biomolecules and their analysis, including new and novel analytical methods, how these molecules function and how this affects the biological functioning of the whole organism. You will develop the research and analysis, presentation, communication, problem-solving and writing skills that are essential in all employment sectors.
Following an in-depth foundation in biochemistry, the course broadens out, enabling you to focus on specialist areas including biophysical chemistry (describing biological macromolecules at atomic level), and understanding genomes and gene regulation. 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 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 projectoriented 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.
A level ABB, including Biology and Chemistry
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
International Baccalaureate 34 points, including 5 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry
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 and Critical Thinking.
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.
What modules could I study?
As well as Laboratories and Tutorials, in Year One modules could include Physical Chemistry; Molecules, Cells and Organisms; Agents of Infectious Disease; Quantitative Skills for Biology; Physiology and Metabolism and Organic Chemistry.
Year Two core modules you may take include Tutorials; Labs Biochem Year 2; Protein Biochemistry; Molecular Cell Biology; Tools for Biochemical Discovery and Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease and you could choose from optional modules including Neurobiology; Ecology and its Applications; Immunology; Genetics and Genomics and Evolution.
Examples of core modules in Year Three are Research Project; Structural Molecular Biology; Laboratories and tutorials; Protein Targeting; Principles of Development and Dynamics of Biological Systems. Optional modules may include Advanced Immunology; Oncology; Biological Clocks; Bioenergy and Biorefining; Integrative Neuroscience; Synthetic Biology; Extreme Environment Biology; Science Communication and Business Studies 1 and 2.
*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.
A level: ABB including Biology and Chemistry, plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).
IB: 34 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
School of Life Sciences
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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.