At a glance
- Study at one of the UK’s strongest teaching and research centres for agricultural, animal, nutritional and food sciences*
- Learn in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities
- Tailor your degree to your interests, and gain a solid scientific background, commercial awareness and transferable skills
* The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2016; QS World Rankings by Subject, 2015.
What is Biosciences?
Biosciences is a generic term for many areas of science which have a daily impact on our lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the environment in which we live. Our courses encompass a range of areas as diverse as: the environment and its protection; the growth, development and reproduction of plants and animals; the production and preservation of agricultural and food commodities; food manufacture, health, nutrition and safety.
How will I study?
Learning is undertaken through lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-assisted learning, field work, small group problem-based challenges, demonstrations, practical classes and visits to research establishments.
We have extensive links with companies and institutions working in the field of biosciences, both nationally and internationally, helping us to ensure our courses are relevant to industry.
The School is renowned for its supportive and friendly community environment and you will have a dedicated personal tutor who will provide you with support and advice throughout your time at Nottingham.
Sutton Bonington Campus
The majority of Biosciences courses are based at the Sutton Bonington Campus – a 40-acre site located 10 miles south of Nottingham, with easy access to nearby cities, national rail and road links and East Midlands Airport. There is a free, regular hopper bus linking the campus to University Park Campus and Nottingham city centre.
Sutton Bonington Campus offers an excellent range of facilities including halls of residence, an extensive library, sports centre and a new student amenities centre, The Barn. You will benefit from state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, specialist laboratories, an extensive library and the University Farm and Dairy Centre.
Environmental Science and Environmental Biology are taught at University Park Campus.
Year in Computer Science
Most of our degree courses can now be taken with an extra year (year three) spent in the University's School of Computer Science, providing extra skills.
There is a great demand for our graduates. Opportunities include business management, finance and marketing, food manufacture, environmental consultancy, agricultural consultancy, product development, academic and industrial research, pharmaceutical development, nutritional advice and medical research.
In 2014, 91% of first-degree graduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,257 with the highest being £28,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
All Biosciences students (except those on the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, BSc/MSci International degrees or Pre-Veterinary Science Certificate) have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry as a paid employee between years two and three, recognised as an Industrial Placement Award and endorsed by the Science Council.
The year in industry gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills in a real-world environment which will significantly improve your employment prospects. Recent students have worked at companies including Cadbury, GlaxoSmithKline, Kellogg’s, Mcdonald’s, Marks and Spencer, Mars, Mondelez, Nestle, PepsiCo, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Unilever.
Depending on your degree programme, you can apply to spend a semester or year studying abroad at The University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus, located close to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Alternatively, you have the opportunity to apply to the University-wide exchange programme and spend a semester studying abroad at one of our world-leading partner universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong or the USA, to name a few possible destinations.
Most students in the School of Biosciences also have the opportunity to transfer onto the Certificate in European Studies which gives you the unique opportunity to study abroad for an additional year in a foreign language at one of our highly ranked Erasmus+ partner universities in France, Germany or Spain. You can transfer to this option in your first year, subject to language competency.
Nottingham has the highest number of any UK university on outward mobility under Erasmus.*
* Erasmus student and staff numbers by institution, Erasmus+ 2014.
Application and interview
Offers are made usually without interview (except for Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course and pre-Veterinary Science, when an interview is required).
Visit days for students offered a place are normally held between January and April. For University-wide open days, please see our open day