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  • Be taught by some of the brightest minds at the forefront of ground-breaking research - we are ranked 1st in the UK for our research environment*
  • Expand your horizons and shape your future with our exciting study abroad and industry placement opportunities
  • Benefit from our exceptional teaching facilities, specialised laboratories and 24/7 learning resource centres

* The Research Excellence Framework, 2014 (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science unit of assessment)

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What is biosciences?

Biosciences encompasses many areas of science and biology that make a difference to our daily lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat, and the environment in which we live.

Our courses cover 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, quality, health, nutrition and safety

How will I study?

We want you to have the best possible learning experience, whatever your chosen course of study. In the School of Biosciences you'll experience an integrated range of teaching and learning styles including:

  • traditional lectures and seminars
  • tutorials and small group problem-based challenges
  • computer-assisted learning
  • field work, demonstrations, practical classes and visits to research establishments.

We have extensive links with a range of businesses, organisations 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 which is located 10 miles south of Nottingham. The campus is also home to the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and there are around 2,000 students studying across the two schools. 

The 100 acre campus offers an excellent range of facilities including:

  • student residences ─ over 700 on campus student bedrooms
  • retail and catering outlets
  • the James Cameron-Gifford Library
  • a new sports centre
  • a new student amenities centre

The campus offer exceptional teaching and research facilities including a new purpose-built Super Lab, specialist laboratories, learning resource centre and the University Farm and Dairy Centre.

There is a free, regular hopper bus linking the campus to University Park Campus and Nottingham city centre, and easy access to national rail and road links and East Midlands Airport.

Environmental Science and Environmental Biology are taught at University Park Campus.

Additional year in Computer Science

Boost your degree even further by studying computer science for a year between years two and three of your degree, extending your degree to a four year programme.

A year spent in the University's School of Computer Science will give you training in software development and computing skills relevant to your final year research project and benefit you in your future career.

You can decide to transfer into this programme from your BSc course when you start your degree (subject to progression criteria).



In 2017, 95% of undergraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,000 with the highest being £30,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2017, High Fliers Research).

There is a great demand for our graduates, with transferable skills and competencies integrated into our teaching. Opportunities include;

  • business management, finance and marketing
  • food manufacture, product development and quality
  • environmental and agricultural consultancy
  • academic and industrial research
  • pharmaceutical development 
  • healthcare and and medical research
  • nutritional advice and government advisory roles

Industry placements

All biosciences students have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between years two and three, in most cases you are paid as an employee. 

A year in industry can help you:

  • Gain the opportunity to put your learning into practice, giving you a better understanding of your studies and the chance to solidify your knowledge in an industry setting. 
  • Stand out from the crowd as a graduate: many students secure a graduate job as a direct result of their placement year.
  • Learn about what you enjoy doing, and your strengths and weaknesses, putting you in a strong position when considering your future career.

Recent students have worked at companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, Marks and Spencer, Mars, Mondelez, Nestle, PepsiCo, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Unilever.

If you are interested in studying the MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics, you will benefit from a series of practice placements as part of the course to develop and consolidate your clinical skills. 


Study abroad

Depending on your subject, you can;

  • Spend a semester or a year studying abroad at the University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus, located 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. All teaching is in English and the modules and exams are very similar to those in Nottingham.
  • Study abroad for an additional year between years two and three of your degree at one of our highly ranked Erasmus+ partner universities in France, Austria or Spain, depending on your degree programme. If you choose to transfer to this option you would take language modules in the relevant language during year two, and would have the option of studying abroad in your chosen language or in English, subject to availability. 

Application and interview

Offers are made usually without interview with the exception of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course.  

Open days

University open days take place in June and September, with further mini-open days in October. Visiting the university on these days enables you to meet current students, find out about the courses you are interested in, and explore the campus and facilities.

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