Department of Biology & Biochemistry


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Thinking of studying for a biosciences degree?

Our undergraduate courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to embark on a successful career in the biosciences.

We offer three courses with some flexibility to switch between Biology and Biochemistry:

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First Year

The First Year aims to build on your existing skills and knowledge. You will develop practical, study and career skills through tutorials, practical classes and other teaching activities. Your knowledge will grow in a range of topic areas that are fundamental to all bioscientists (common to all three courses). The remaining study will be more specific to the degree you are studying.

Second Year

In the second year you will have the opportunity to select optional units, though Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences have about half of their units prescribed. The options begin to allow you to tailor your degree to those areas upon which you wish to place greater focus.

Optional Placement Year

You can undertake fully-supported, a one-year placement year after your second year. Placements provide you with professional skills and experience.  The range of placements includes not just ones in bioscience research, but also in diverse areas administration or management. The experience can be invaluable in helping you to find a job or further training after graduation. We have the longest running placements programme in the UK (since 1966).

The potential to earn a full salary during the programme is another big bonus!

Final Year

During your Final year you will undertake a research project with a member of academic staff as your supervisor. Since the Department has some of the best academic staff in the world you will experience what it is like to be at the cutting edge of bioscience research.

You will be supported throughout your studies by a full-time Director of Studies and your Personal Tutor.