UCL Division of Biosciences


Biological Sciences BSc

Studying Biological Sciences at UCL spans a vast range of subjects, from the origins of life and evolutionary genetics, through molecular and cellular biology to ecology and biodiversity. Our flexible programme structure provides all students with a sound foundation in year one across a range of scientific subjects.

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.

Course benefits

  • 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.

  • National Student Survey results:
    - 84% of students were satisfied with the teaching on their course. (NSS 2022)
    - 91% of students were satisfied with the learning resources provided on their course. (NSS 2022)

Career opportunities

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.


Year 1

CompulsoryBIOC0001Biochemistry and Molecular Biology15
CompulsoryBIOL0001Quantitative Biology15
CompulsoryBIOL0002First Year Core Skills0
CompulsoryBIOL0003Introduction to Genetics15
CompulsoryBIOL0004Life on Earth15
CompulsoryCELL0007Cells and Development15
CompulsoryBIOL0006Methods in Ecology and Evolution15
Students will need to choose one of the following modules
CHEM0010 or BIOL0005Chemistry for Biology Students15
 BIOL0005 or CHEM0010Fundamentals of Biology15
 BIOC0004 or BIOL0005Introduction to Microbiology15


Year 2 and 3

When you have completed the 1st year of your degree (BSc or MSci), you have the opportunity to transfer to a more focused degree in the area of interest, you may choose from. Click the links below to see the module breakdown for each subject area.