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5 reasons to study biosciences at Bath

From a great student experience to graduate job prospects, 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'll 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's flexibility to switch between our biology and biochemistry courses after the first year.

We also offer undergraduate master's options for all three subjects.

What our students say

Current students talk about what it's like studying a biosciences course at Bath.


2. Year-long work placement

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


Most of our students go on placement and in 2016-17, most of those were paid or funded.

We have over 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, and University of Sydney.

You’ll be able to apply for a wide range of placements, ranging from lab-based 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.

‘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. Excellent job prospects

All of our courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to embark on a successful career in the biosciences.


We're ranked 1st for employment after six months for biosciences in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Many biosciences graduates have gone on to have successful careers in the biosciences. Job titles have included:

  • Scientist/Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Research Technician
  • Drug Safety Scientist/Case Manager
  • Research Associate
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Healthcare Scientist
  • Quality Control Microbiologist
  • Science Teacher

Find out more about what our graduates go on to do.

"The Biology course has really opened my eyes to the number of opportunities available to me once I graduate. Being taught by some of the top researchers in their fields has been truly inspiring." Ellie McMullen, BSc Biology including placement year (2017)


4. Taught by top researchers with top facilities

Our staff are active researchers in their field.


Our teaching staff are heavily engaged in research which means our courses are 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.

We have research strengths in four areas:

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

You'll choose a final year project in one of these areas, working closely with an active researcher in the field.

5. Highly ranked university

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


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