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The University of Essex is one of the UK´s leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).
Our flexible BSc Biological Sciences (including Year Abroad) offers modules ranging from cell and molecular biology to biodiversity and applied ecology. You spend your third year abroad. You also have the option to transfer to one of our more specialised courses at the end of your first year. You will find a wide choice of modules in your second and third years with options that allow you to continue to study a wide range of subjects, or to focus on the aspects of biology that you find most interesting. For example, you can choose a range of optional ecology modules (including a subsidised tropical field course) to develop your understanding of coral reef biology and community ecology or you can select from cell and molecular biology modules to study health and disease, proteins and genetics. Your individual third-year research project allows you to develop your interests further. You also study the broader ethical and socio-economic issues involved in subjects such as DNA fingerprinting, cloning and managing climate change.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
- GBP 13950 Year (Non-EEA)
Our courses are based on flexibility and choice, so that you can tailor your degree to your interests. In your first year you usually take four or five pre-requisite modules for your course allowing you flexibility to try subjects you have not come across before.
With a small number of exceptions, once you successfully complete the first year of your BSc, you qualify to enter the second year not only of that course but also of a range of other courses. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
We continue to offer a range of optional modules in your second and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project. The research project enables you to work in one of our research laboratories alongside our internationally reputed scientists, studying real science in a real scientific environment. Some of our science courses offer an optional extra year of an industrial placement.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Molecular Cell Biology;
Genetics and Evolution;
Biochemistry of Macromolecules;
Animal and Plant Biology Ecology; and
Life Science Key Skills
Skills in Ecology or Biomolecular Science;
Residential Field Course or Laboratory Workshop; and
optional modules from: Plants for the Twenty-first Century, Ecological Monitoring and Assessment, Cell Biology, Animal and Plant Physiology, Immunity in Health and Disease, Proteins and Regulation of Human Metabolism, Evolution, Populations and Communities, Biodiversity and Conservation, Molecular Biology, Microbial Diversity and Ecology, Marine and Freshwater Vertebrates, and Sulawesi Coral Reef Field Course
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
A-levels: ABB-BBB, including Biology
GCSE Mathematics: C
GCSE English: C
IB: 32-30 points, including Higher Biology grade 5 and Standard Mathematics grade 4 (if not taken at Higher Level, we consider IB certificates at the Higher level on a case-by-case basis)
If taking the Access to HE Diploma in Sciences please e-mail us.
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Essex.
For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.