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Study with us because:

  • Our teaching is delivered by those who are actively involved in world-class research and is shaped by the latest discoveries.
  • You will benefit from being taught in state-of-the- art lecture theatres and laboratories in both the biology building and the nearby Medical School.
  • Our flexible paths of study mean you can usually transfer between our courses within the first two years.
  • Our graduates are highly respected and you will be well placed to follow a variety of career paths.
  • Biological sciences at The University of Nottingham were given a top 15 position in The Times Good University Guide 2014.
  • We are in the global top 100 for Life Sciences according to The Times Higher Education World Rankings 2013/14.

What is biology?

Biology is a science for those with adventurous minds. Apart from offering a degree in biology that covers a broad range of biological topics, you can also chose to study: genetics, which studies the way cellular and developmental processes are programmed by genetic information, coded as DNA; human genetics, which uses genetics and genetic technology to understand human biology and disease; zoology, which studies the biology of animals; or biochemistry and genetics, which covers areas such as molecular biology, genetic engineering and biotechnology.

How will I study? 

Our teachers are active in internationally recognised research, so you will benefit from working with those at the cutting edge of developments. Teaching methods include formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as laboratory classes, field work and computer-aided learning. We use state-of-the-art lecture and laboratory facilities, and you will have a personal tutor who will oversee your academic progress and personal wellbeing. The School has longstanding links with the School of Biosciences, which offers courses that focus on applied environmental biology and animal, plant, agricultural and food science. You will have the opportunity to take optional modules in these areas.

BSc or MSci? 

The MSci courses are recommended for those of you who expect to follow a career in the biological sciences and would benefit from an additional year of masters-level research training. The BSc courses are ideal for those who wish to obtain a strong background in the biological sciences, and provide entry into a wide variety of careers and destinations including postgraduate training.


In all courses, formal exams, together with continuous assessments, determine your overall mark. The first year is a qualifying year which you must pass, but your marks do not affect your overall degree. Marks gained in subsequent years make up your final degree classification.

Studying abroad

There will be some opportunities for study abroad in the second year.

Nottingham has the highest number of any UK university on outward mobility under Erasmus.

Career prospects and employability

There is a strong demand for graduates trained in biology, zoology and genetics. Some students undertake employment in relevant areas such as conservation biology, intellectual property rights law, hospital laboratory diagnosis, or in research in pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies. Others find employment in careers not directly related to their field of study, such as accountancy, computing, finance, management and scientific administration. Many of our students go on to further study and research, either at Nottingham or elsewhere.

In 2012, 94% of first-degree graduates in Biology who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £17,761 with the highest being £29,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.

The University of Nottingham is the most targeted university by Britain’s leading graduate employers according to The Graduate Market in 2014, High Fliers Research.

Application and interview 

Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry qualifications, including mature students, may be invited for an interview.

Open days 

Students offered a place are invited to a visit day between December and March. For dates of University-wide open days, please visit our open day pages.


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