Biological Sciences is a gateway into all Life and Health Sciences career paths. Study what you’re passionate about in this rapidly developing scientific discipline.
3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
BSc (single honours)
September 2022 entry: 112 points
Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
Take control of your learning by choosing modules in your area of interest.
Work in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
Go to Wales on a field trip, and take up the chance to go on a student-funded trip to South Africa.
Course and Module Details
On this fascinating BSc, you will delve into the very essence of life and living organisms and will develop your skills and understanding right across the biological disciplines, from core aspects of animal and plant biology via the diversity and evolution of life, right to cutting edge developments within the fields of biotechnology, climate change, antimicrobial resistance and molecular ecology.
This degree provides opportunities to work in our state-of-the-art laboratories, participate in field trips in the UK and abroad, and conduct your own research project. We offer exciting modules such as Chemistry of Life, where you will work in the lab to study the structure, evolution and biochemistry of the cell; Comparative Zoology, where you will learn about vertebrate anatomy, physiology and development; and The Brain in Health and Disease, where you will gain valuable insight into neurobiology and the very latest developments in brain research.
You’ll begin your degree by exploring the key areas of biology, including cell biology, ecology, evolution, and the diversity and details of the major animal and plant groups. You’ll learn about biochemistry and the physiology of our own bodies and contrast them with other species, as well as develop analytical skills to assess laboratory and field data.
In your second year you’ll be able to focus on the key areas that interest you, choosing what to study from our broad range of modules which include diverse topics such as ecology, evolutionary biology, animal behaviour, molecular biology, physiology and immunology. You will also be able to go on a residential field course in rural Wales, and immersing yourself in field and lab data collection.
In third year you’ll specialise further, and select modules from any area of biology as well as complete an independent research project where you’ll collect seminal data on a topic of your choice, advancing current knowledge in that area.
You also have the option of undertaking a one-year paid work placement between years 2 and three, giving you the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills within an industry or sector of choice.
Overall, you will gain highly transferable skills allowing you to pursue careers across Life and Health Sciences and beyond.
Extended degree (4 years)
This course is offered as an extended degree - a four-year programme which provides an additional 'foundation' year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.
During the foundation year:
- You will complete core modules in English and Mathematics, as well as an extended project which will develop your skills in carrying out research, using scholarly sources, drawing comparisons between your own research and that of others and documenting your findings.
- You will study two modules in Life Sciences which will give you the opportunity to explore methods of scientific thinking and reasoning in an enquiry-based way.
- You will also be introduced to key concepts in human physiology that are common cornerstones of the different degree programmes.
- There is also a Disciplinary Investigation module where you will demonstrate the ability to utilise the academic and subject-specific toolkit acquired through previous modules to manage your own learning, and in partnership with your tutors, negotiate, plan and carry out an investigation into the chosen topic.
September 2022 entry: 64 points
The following modules form the foundation year of this degree.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.
The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.
Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.
This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.
With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Find out more about where your degree could take you here.
You will develop highly sought-after skills perfect for careers in a range of industries, including:
- Biotech and bioengineering
- The pharmaceutical industry
- Environmental consultancies
- Forensics and scientific consultancy
- Biological research
You can also continue your studies at post-graduate level.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
How to apply
How to join us in January or February 2022
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS (Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48)
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
Application process FAQs
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