School of Life Sciences

Why study with us?

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 Life Sciences building and the nearby Medical School.
  • We allow transfer between our courses if students meet the appropriate course requirements.
  • Our graduates are highly respected and you will be well placed to follow a variety of career paths.
Undergraduate students work in a Life Sciences lab.


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:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory classes
  • field work
  • computer-aided learning.

You will also 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?


  • three year course
  • ideal for students who wish to obtain a strong background in the biological sciences
  • provides entry into a wide variety of careers and destinations including postgraduate study


  • four year course
  • recommended for students who expect to follow a career in the biological and biomedical sciences
  • benefit from an additional year of masters-level 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 may be some opportunities for study abroad in the second year depending on your course. Some of our courses have an integrated year at our Malaysia campus such as our Biochemistry BSc/MSci courses. For more details about study abroad check the prospectus course pages. 


Career prospects and employability

We're consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

There is a strong demand for graduates trained in the subjects we offer. Some students find employment and career opportunities in relevant areas such as:

  • conservation biology
  • intellectual property rights law
  • hospital laboratory diagnosis
  • graduate entry medicine
  • 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
  • scientific administration

Many of our students go on to further study and research, either at Nottingham or elsewhere. See the careers page for further details.

The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.





School of Life Sciences

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH

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