• Biological Sciences

Why study at Roehampton

  • This course will give you the opportunity to go on a field course in South Africa in your third year
  • Highly recommended: 100% student satisfaction on this course (National Student Survey 2014)
  • Take control of your learning by choosing modules in your specific area of interest
  • Ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)

Capture the essence of life and living organisms with this fascinating course, exploring the molecular, cellular and organismal biology essential for understanding modern biology. You will develop skills and understanding right across the biological disciplines, including rapidly-developing areas such as biotechnology and recombinant DNA technology and their social implications. You will also study more traditional aspects of animal and plant biology. 

This course offers you the chance to shape your degree as your skills and interests develop.

More details

Year-by-year summary

First year

You are introduced to the key areas of Biology including molecular biology, physiology, ecology, evolution and the diversity and details of the major animal and plant groups, while also receiving a grounding in basic biochemistry, and biometrics and data handling.

Second year

A broad array of modules spanning the Biological Sciences are available for you to choose from, so that you can focus on areas that interest you. Recent modules have covered topics including organisms and ecology; evolutionary biology and behaviour; and molecular biology, physiology and biomedicine. A Research Methods module includes the development of a research proposal on a zoological topic of your choice. A residential field course in rural south Wales provides a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection.

Third year

You may select advanced modules from any area of biology, and have the opportunity to further specialise. An independent research project will account for one third of the final-year assessment and allows you the opportunity to collect seminal data on a topic of your choice, advancing current knowledge in that area. You also have the opportunity of going on a field course based in South Africa.

Examples of final-year project titles

  • Factors affecting the emergence of pipistrelles.
  • Learning in worms.
  • Influence of stress on memory function.



The University’s laboratories are equipped with facilities for Biological Sciences. We also have excellent microcomputing facilities with specialist hardware and software.


From Roehampton you can easily access the many world-class facilities in London, including: Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures and Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. We also make good use of the excellent local wildlife areas, which include Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park National Nature Reserve and the WWT London Wetlands Centre in Barnes.

What our students say

Renate Hinds - Biological Sciences

"I developed my laboratory skills and had the chance to design my own experiment as part of a field course to Wales."

Renata Hinds
BSc Biological Sciences

Example modules

  • Diversity of Life
  • Physiology and Metabolism
  • Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

Career options

Graduates will develop highly sought after skills perfect for careers in bioengineering companies, pharmaceutical industries and environmental consultancies. Students can also continue their studies at postgraduate level.

UCAS code





Single honours

Entry tariff

280 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Life Sciences »


3 years (full-time), 5–7 years (part-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »

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Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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8th or 15th December

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