UndergraduateBiological Sciences (Integrated BSc and MSc)

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  • Set up your career by taking a four-year integrated BSc and MSc in Biological Sciences and train at master's level in scientific research. 
  • Shape your degree by choosing modules that suit your interests, while studying the fundamental questions about how and why life exists.  
  • Study in state-of-the-art laboratories. 
  • Take up the opportunity to go on a field trip to South Africa in year three. 
  • Roehampton is in the top four universities in London for graduate earnings in biological sciences (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings three years after graduation).
  • 100% of students in work or further study within six months of graduation (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education, 2018 results).
  • 95% student satisfaction on this course (National Student Survey 2018 results).
  • We are ranked in the top ten universities in London (Complete University Guide 2020).


Explore current developments and issues in the biological sciences to gain a strong foundation in a scientific discipline for further study, research or professional development.  

This four-year degree integrates a three-year BSc Biological Sciences degree with a final year of training in master’s-level scientific skills. 

Capture the essence of life and living organisms on this fascinating degree, exploring the molecular, cellular and organismal biology essential for understanding modern biology. You will develop skills and understanding right across the biological disciplines. 

You will study rapidly-developing areas such as biotechnology, which harnesses cellular and bimolecular processes to develop technologies and products to improve our health; and recombinant DNA technology, where DNA molecules are formed by laboratory methods to create new sequences of DNA.  

You will also develop your understanding of traditional aspects of animal and plant biology, and learn about the diversity and evolution of life. 

This course offers you the opportunities to work in our state-of-the-art laboratories, participate in field trips, and conduct your own research projects.  

We offer exciting modules such as Chemistry of Life, where you will work in the laboratory to study the structure, evolution and biochemistry of the cell; Human Ecology, where you will learn the essentials of human diversity and adaptation; and The Brain in Health and Disease, where you will delve into the basis of neurobiology and the latest developments in brain research.

Year one 

  • Begin exploring the key areas of biology, including molecular biology, physiology, ecology, evolution, and the diversity and details of the major animal and plant groups. 
  • Gain knowledge in basic biochemistry, and biometrics and data handling. 

Year two 

  • Choose from modules spanning the range of the biological sciences, to focus on the areas that interest you most.  
  • Recent modules have covered topics such as organisms and ecology, evolutionary biology and behaviour, and molecular biology, physiology and biomedicine.  
  • The core Research Methods module will give you the freedom to develop a research proposal on a biological topic of your choice.  
  • A residential field course in rural south Wales provides a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection. 

Year three 

  • Focus on developing your skills at a higher level for scientific thinking and practice. 
  • Select advanced modules from any area of biology and specialise further.  
  • Immerse yourself in the scientific process through a module exploring the latest trends in the biological sciences, and a module that further cements and then progresses your analytical research skills. 
  • An independent research project will account for one third of the final year assessment. You will collect seminal data on a topic of your choice, under the tuition of an expert in the field, and then analyse and report on the new data you collect, which is expected to be of publishable standard. 
  • Take the opportunity to go on a student-funded field course to South Africa.

Year four  

  • Explore the latest trends in Biological Sciences and further cement and develop your analytical research skills. 
  • Undertake a large-scale research project as part of an active research laboratory, immersing yourself in the scientific process.  
  • Your dissertation will culminate in the analysis and reporting of new data you have collected which adds to the world’s Biological Sciences knowledge.  

Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Required Modules
Chemistry of Life
Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths
Cell Biology
Diversity of Life
Core Skills in Biological Science
Introduction to Evolution

Year 2

Students choose four of these modules:
Biosciences Field Course
Comparative Zoology
Ecology and Evolution
Biosciences Research Methods
Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice

Plus two-four of the following:
Understanding Behaviour
Physiology and Metabolism
Pharmacology and Toxicology
The Brain in Health and Disease
Humans and Other Primates

The following module is only available to students in particular circumstances and with prior agreement of the Programme Convener:

Field Work Methods in Ecology

Year 3

Required modules:
Biosciences Research Project
Biosciences Independent Study

Optional modules:
Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Conversation Ecology
Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology
Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course (optional student-funded module)
Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology
Medical Microbiology
Biological Data Analysis
Human Osteology and Diversity
Primate Behaviour and Cognition

Year 4

Current Topics in Biology
MBiol Research Project
Research Methods in Biology


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You will develop highly sought-after skills, suitable for a variety of careers in the life sciences fields and beyond, including bioengineering companies, pharmaceutical industries and environmental consultancies. 

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. 

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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