5 reasons to study biosciences at Bath

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

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

Whichever course you choose, in the first year you’ll gain a foundation in biosciences through a set of core units.


We offer courses in Biology, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.

You will gain a fundamental knowledge base in the first year which you can use to decide the area of biosciences you’d like to specialise in later in the course.

There is also flexibility to switch between our biology and biochemistry courses after the first year.

2. Go on a year-long work placement

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


Student on placement

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.

‘My placement year has really taught me about what it's like to do a PhD which is what I want to do now.’
Pippa Harding BSc Biology including placement year (2017)

3. Taught by world-leading researchers with top facilities

Most of our staff are active researchers in their field.


With teaching staff heavily engaged in research, you can be sure the course will be kept up-to-date and you'll benefit from discussions around the latest thinking in biosciences. It's inspiring to be taught by someone who's an expert 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. You'll work closely with an active research in the field.

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


4. A great place to live and study

Bath is ranked as one of the safest places to study in the UK.


Bath Abbey and city bikes

Students enjoy Bath for its range of shops and places to eat. Most of the key locations are in walking distance of the centre or if you want to travel further afield, there are easy transport links to Bristol or London. It's also ranked as one of the safest places to study in the UK.

There are regular buses to and from the city, and there's plenty to do on campus. We have everything from arts classes to University Radio and our £30 million sports village gives you the opportunity try a wide range of sports.


5. Highly ranked university

We are a top 10 UK university with a reputation for research and teaching excellence.


Find out more about biosciences at Bath

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