University of Bath

5 reasons to study biosciences at Bath

There are lots of reasons to study biosciences at Bath. Here's our top 5.

Student working on a project
Work placements and excellent job prospects are just two of the reasons to study biosciences at Bath

1. Gain a broad foundation and specialise later in your course

We offer courses in Biology, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.

Whichever course you choose, in the first year you’ll gain a foundation in biosciences through a set of core units. You will be able to use your fundamental knowledge base to decide in which area of biosciences you’d like to specialise later.

You’ve got the flexibility to switch between our biology and biochemistry courses after the first year.

Explore our biosciences courses

2. Year-long work placement

Take advantage of our strong links with industry and do a placement as part of your studies.

We have 50 years of experience offering placements and links with some of the world’s leading research institutions and global companies. Recent employers include:

  • GSK
  • Harvard University
  • Lilly
  • Pfizer
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • University of Sydney

You’ll be able to apply for a wide range of placements, ranging from lab-based roles to marketing roles. Some students even get to publish their work in a scientific journal as a result of their placement.

Our specialist placements team offers dedicated support when you're looking for a placement and throughout your placement year.

Most of our students received a salary or funding while on placement in 2016/17.

Charlotte Cook
Charlotte: "I gained valuable experience seeing science being used in the working environment, and learnt many new skills."

Read more about Charlotte's experience on placement

3. Taught by world-leading researchers with top facilities

Most of our staff are active researchers in their field.

Research in the department is split into four themes:

In the final year of your course you’ll undertake a research project, giving you first-hand experience as a researcher.

The Department is home to a world-leading centre for evolutionary biology research: the Milner Centre for Evolution.

4. Excellent job prospects

Top ten for graduate prospects for biological sciences in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2018.

We are one of the ten universities most often targeted by Britain’s top graduate employers in 2016 to 2017.

5. Highly ranked course and university

Bath has been awarded Gold status in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bath is the 5th best university in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

95% of Biology & Biochemistry students agreed their course is intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2017).

Find out more about biosciences at Bath

Go to our course pages to find out more about the different biosciences courses we offer, including placement options.

Explore our biosciences courses