Studying Biological Sciences spans a vast range of subjects, from the origins of life and evolutionary genetics, through molecular and cellular biology to ecology and biodiversity.
Biological Sciences BSc degree overview
Biological Sciences is at the centre of UCL’s world-leading research on biodiversity and environmental science as well as human genetics, healthy ageing and many more. Many current research experts from UCL and our partner institutes are actively involved in the teaching of the BSc and MSci in Biological Sciences. Our staff have included Nobel Prize Winners, including 2014 winner and current staff member, John O’Keefe.
Our flexible programme structure provides all students with a sound foundation in year one across a range of scientific subjects. This better informs students to choose an area in which to specialise or they are able to convert to a Biological Sciences MSci degree. This is a unique opportunity to tailor your studies without losing focus from the main foundation of science.
All students (BSc and MSci) can do a research project with a single supervisor in a real lab and asking a real question. From year two, students are able to specialise in one of seven areas including high growth fields like biodiversity and conservation biology and computational biology.
Our partnerships with the Natural History Museum, the Crick and the ZSL London Zoo mean that students are able to attend lectures from some of the experts from these institutions. There may also be an opportunity to undertake research projects in their facilities.
Students are able to join our popular Biological Society. The society runs talks, Fresher's week activities, an end of year ball and a student and staff retreat each year.
Selection Module Title Credit Compulsory BIOC0001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 15 Compulsory BIOL0001 Quantitative Biology 15 Compulsory BIOC0004 Introduction to Microbiology 15 Compulsory BIOL0002 First Year Core Skills 0 Compulsory BIOL0003 Introduction to Genetics 15 Compulsory BIOL0004 Life on Earth 15 Compulsory CELL0007 Cells and Development 15 Compulsory BIOL0006 Methods in Ecology and Evolution 15 Optional
Students will need to choose one of the following modules
CHEM0010 Chemistry for Biology Students 15 BIOL0005 Fundamentals of Biology 15
Year 2 and 3
Once first year of the degree is completed, students may choose to either stay on the Biological Sciences programme or transfer to a more focused degree in the area of interest:
Biological Sciences can lead to a wide range of careers. There is key skills training embedded in our degrees (e.g., in statistics, computing and in giving presentations), which helps make you attractive to employers.
Many of our graduates choose to undertake further studies, aiming for a research career in a university or in industry.
As well as careers in scientific fields, such as in the health service, conservation or the pharmaceutical industry, our graduates have also pursued further training or employment in management, teaching, accounting, the civil service and law.