Meteorology and Oceanography with a Year Abroad

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 10.6k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 17.5k / Academic year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:1588 Duration:36 months

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Molecular processes and genetics lie at the very heart of biology, underpinning fields as diverse as evolution, the molecular basis of cancer and microbial genetics.

The School of Biological Sciences boasts major strengths in several aspects of these research areas, and this is reflected in the wide variety of units offered in this programme. In addition, we are extremely well placed in having close links to the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Food Research. Scientists from these Institutes contribute to the teaching of many of the advanced units.

Furthermore, a number of students choose to carry out their final year projects at one of these Institutes, both of which have high-grade facilities and expertise in numerous aspects of molecular biology. These features, together with the regular visits and seminar talks given by leading scientists, make UEA one of the outstanding centres in the country in which to study molecular biology and genetics.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
  • EUR 10550 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 17450 Year (Non-EEA)

UK/EU Students: £9,000. International Students: £14,900

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Year 1

You will study a broad first year giving you a thorough grounding in areas which are essential for all biologists and are fundamental to the study of life processes. You will also receive training in essential scientific methods and techniques.

Year 2

You will study compulsory modules in molecular biology and genetics as well as a choice of optional modules.

Year 3

In your final year of study you will have the opportunity to undertake a substantial independent research project. The compulsory modules will be complemented by the opportunity to choose modules from the optional range available.

Biological Sciences offer 11 different full-time undergraduate degree programmes (plus three part-time degrees) in a range of subjects. Approximately 150 new undergraduates join us each year to study Biological Sciences (including a range of specialised programmes), Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Ecology.

Our students also have the opportunity of studying abroad for a year in either Europe, North America or Australasia, or spending a year in industry. Indeed we are one of a very few departments in the UK able to offer such a comprehensive spectrum of biology-related degree programmes.

Two of the distinguishing features of the degree courses we offer are excellence and choice. You are able to choose from a large number of degree programmes composed of a wide range of teaching modules. Lectures and seminars introduce the latest ideas and understanding of biology, and you will gain a thorough training in modern experimental methodology through hands-on practical or fieldwork sessions.

Why Study Biology?

The biological sciences comprise a broad range of inter-linked disciplines which encompass the study of life from the molecular level, through cells, tissues and organisms, to populations and ecosystems.

As well as being intellectually interesting, advances in the Biological Sciences have direct relevance to our everyday lives. Examples of this are to be found in new medical treatments, increased agricultural output, the protection of endangered species and the development of new food products. These breakthroughs have improved the quality of life for millions of people over the past few decades, and led to a greater understanding of our impact on the environment and the need for better resource management and conservation.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 78

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


  • A Level:
ABB to include Biology
  • International Baccalaureate:
32 points with 3 HL Subjects at Grade 5 including Biology
  • Scottish Highers:
AABBB to include Biology and one other science subject
  • Scottish Advanced Highers:
ABB to include Biology. Other Sciences at Advanced Higher level would confer an advantage
  • Irish Leaving Certificate:
AABBBB at Higher Level including Biology and at least two other science subjects
  • Access Course:
See below
  • HND:
Please contact university for further information
  • European Baccalaureate:
75% overall, including 7.5 in Biology

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
  • PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

A2-level Biology is required for this course. In addition to this, applicants are asked to have two other A2-level subjects. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Grade B in Mathematics and Grade C in English Language GCSE Level.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • 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 East Anglia.


The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

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