Biological Sciences courses

We offer Biological Sciences degrees with the option to specialise in areas such as Genetics, Zoology  and other areas.

Many of our biology courses offer you the opportunity to add something extra to your degree, if you are interested in a research career have a look at our Undergraduate Masters programmes, or would you prefer to get some work experience during your degree. If you have a flair for languages why not investigate our "with study in continental Europe" course.

Specialist Degree Label Options

The following labels may be added to our Biological Sciences degree programmes: 

Human Health and Disease

If you are interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of biology that underpin our health and enable us to find solutions to injury and disease this pathway may be the one for you. This pathway may include modules such as ‘Human Structure and Function’, ‘Cancer Biology’ and ‘Topics in Medical Biosciences’. 

Microbiology and Infection

From tackling the latest developments in human infectious disease research to understanding the basic biology of host-pathogen interactions in a range of environments, this pathway delves into research from the humans to plants and fungi. This pathway may include modules such as ‘Microbiology: Medicine, Environment and Industry’ to ‘Structures of Destruction: the Structural Biology of Pathogenicity’.  


This pathway enables you to develop a clear focus on genetics, including classical genetics, gene regulation, epigenetics and RNA processing all the way to genome science. This pathway may include modules such as ‘Genetics I and II’, Eukaryotic Gene Expression’ and ‘Bacterial Gene Regulation’.  

Food Security and Sustainability

In the current climate crisis, the need to preserve the environment and our natural resources to provide food security is paramount. Crucial to this is our understanding of the genetic and cellular control of plant growth and development as well as our knowledge of crops and their wild relatives. This pathway may include modules such as ‘Critical Issues for 21st Century Ecosystems’ and ‘Plant Sciences: From Cells to the Environment’. 

Conservation Biology

This pathway focuses on a wide range of interrelated topics that are key to protecting our natural world for future generations. This includes an understanding of the basic biology and behaviour of animals and plants, to the management techniques that we can apply to produce practical results. This pathway may include modules such as ‘Responses to Global Environmental Change’ and ‘Conservation Practice: From Genes to Ecosystems’.    


If you are interested in understanding the fundamental aspects of animal biology, from evolution to genetics, their behaviour and conservation then this pathway may suit your interests. This pathway may include modules such as ‘Animal Biology: Principles and Mechanisms’, ‘Adaptations to Aquatic Environments’ field course and ‘Animal Behaviour: Theory to Application’.  

What are specialist Labels?

Researchers in the School of Biosciences are constantly pushing the boundaries to tackle the challenges that face us and the planet over the coming generations. To align with our research strengths we offer a number of specialist degree pathways that enable you to focus your interests as you progress through your chosen programme. You are able to reflect on the modules you have taken and add a specific pathway (if you meet the requirements) at the start of the final year of your degree programme. These labels enable you to showcase a particular area of interest and skills that may act as a springboard to the next stage of your career. The following specialist labels can be added to some of our main degree programmes depending on the specific modules and number of credits taken (this includes the International Year, Year in Continental Europe, Placement Programme and MSci degree options).  


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We are proud to be a Teaching Innovation Awards winner for developing virtual lab-casting to enable effective remote and in-lab teamworking activities in the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL). 

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