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BSc (Hons) Biology

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

BSc (Hons) Biology

Our Biology course is a flexible and broad-based degree that covers biomedicine, biotechnology, genetics, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

This course is ideal if you want an interdisciplinary approach to biology, or wish to specialise at a later stage. You will have a wide range of options to tailor the course to your developing interests.

The study of life ranges from the chemistry of single molecules to understanding how populations of different species respond to changes in the environment. Driven by cutting-edge technologies, we now live in an era where medicines can be tailored to individuals and the genomes of novel organisms can be sequenced in less than a day. An explosion of discoveries relating to how cancer develops, predicting the effects of climate change and harnessing the biotechnological potential of organisms to produce fuel, food and medicines makes biosciences one of the most exciting and relevant subjects of the 21st century!

Adding a year in industry or a year abroad are both an option with this course too, so you can benefit from the advantages that a year away can bring. The Department of Biology will provide you with the opportunity to learn in new, spacious and modern teaching laboratories which provide excellent facilities for practicals and small group project work, alongside our state-of-the-art computing facilities.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: AAB including Biology and a second science
  • We accept the following subjects as a second science: Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Psychology, Statistics or Computer Science. Human Biology is acceptable in place of Biology.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher. Must include Biology modules at Level 3.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD. We consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science with all 7 mandatory units plus 3 units from 8,9,10,11,12,17 and 20 OR 2 from this list plus 1 unit from 13,14, 18 and 19.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, M2 including Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.
  • European Baccalaureate: 80% overall, including individual scores of 8.5 and 8 in Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points including 6 in Higher Level Biology and 6 in another Higher Level science or mathematics subject. If English is not your first language then we would also require 5 in English B.
  • Other qualifications: To secure a place as a mature student on this course you will need recent qualifications in Biology and another science at a sufficiently advanced level, together with evidence of some of the key skills needed for studying at degree level.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • Duolingo: 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

Stage 1 (the first year) consists of core modules which are designed to give you an excellent basis on which to build your future studies and develop your interests.

In a typical week you will have around 25 hours of contact time, typically six or seven lectures, two or three practicals, a skills workshop and a tutorial. You will also spend time on independent study, consolidating information from lectures and practicals and preparing work for tutorials.

Core modules

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Animal and Plant Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists
  • Small group tutorials

Year 2

Core modules

You will undertake the following core modules:

  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists II
  • Small group tutorials
  • Big Data Biology

Option modules

You will choose four of the following options:

  • Genome Expression and Maintenance
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics and Development
  • Neuroscience
  • Genes and Genomes in Populations and Evolution
  • Organisms in their Environment
  • Immunology and Infection
  • Food and Fuel

Year 3

Core modules

  • Research Project

Option modules

  • Advanced Topics in Evolution and Genetics in Ecology
  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
  • Advanced Topics in Biotechnology
  • Ageing and Regenerative Medicine
  • Advanced Topics in Microbiology
  • Current Research in Ecology
  • Cancer, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Conserving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene
  • Human Genetics
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Advanced topics in Pathogens and Pathogenesis
  • Haematology and Immunology in Health and Disease
  • Advanced Ecology field course

Program delivery

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)


  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £22,650 per year



All of our undergraduate courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. As a graduate, you will meet in-part the academic and experience requirement for membership and chartered biologist (CBiol).

Transferable skills

  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Teamworking skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Data interpretation and presentation
  • Independent study skills
  • Logical and critical thinking
  • Creativity and innovation
  • IT literacy

Career paths

  • Experimental officer
  • Research analyst
  • Graduate purchaser
  • Business development executive
  • Ecological consultant
  • Accountancy
  • Laboratory technician
  • Clinic coordinator
  • Data manager
  • Postgraduate study
  • PhD
  • Medical writer

About this institute

University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...

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Contact info

University of York

YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom


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