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BSc Biological Sciences

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

21320 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 12 GBP
National 12 GBP
Life Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

The Biological Sciences BSc offers you an extremely wide choice of options ranging from molecular genetics to behaviour and ecology, and a flexible programme of study. Taught across the Faculty of Life Sciences, we offer a breadth of biological education unmatched in almost any other UK university.

Degree benefits

  • You will have the opportunity to choose a specialist degree option in Biodiversity and Conservation, Genetics, Human Genetics, Molecular Cell Biology or Zoology.
  • Research-led teaching takes advantage of our links with London-based organisations including the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo and the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing and UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research.
  • Benefit from excellent facilities including our own field station at Blakeney Point in Norfolk, our own on-site museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology and the newly refurbished UCL Cruciform Hub.
  • Our Summer Studentship scheme allows second-year students to experience original research in the laboratory or the field.


  • The breadth of biological studies opens up a wide range of careers, and key skills training embedded in our degrees, for example, statistics, computing and making presentations, helps make you attractive to employers.
  • Many of our graduates choose to undertake further studies, aiming for a research career in universities or 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.

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Eligibility Criteria

Entry requirements

A Levels

  • Grades: AAA
  • Subjects: Biology required plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
  • AS Levels: For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
  • GCSEs: English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

  • Points: 38
  • Subjects: A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Biology at grade 6 and one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5

English language requirements

  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
  • The English language level for this programme is: Good
  • A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

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Course Modules

Degree structure

  • In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
  • The first year of the programme covers a core range of subjects from across the spectrum of the biological sciences, giving you a firm foundation for later choices.
  • In your second year, you can either continue towards a degree in general Biological Sciences, or you can choose from five specialised degree pathways.
  • In your third year you have the choice to take courses from many different subjects across UCL, and can choose a research or a literature project based with one of UCL's research groups.
  • Specialist Degree Pathways:
  • Environmental Biology allows you to study the interactions between organisms and populations with the environments they inhabit. In the Zoology programme you will focus on the study of animals in all their complexity and diversity.
  • Genetics focuses on evolutionary, genomic and population genetics while Human Genetics is more concerned with gene function in disease.
  • In Molecular Cell Biology you will take advantage of UCL-wide expertise in the molecular basis of cell function and its role in major human diseases.

Year One
Compulsory courses

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Genetics 
  • Introduction to Microbiology 
  • Life on Earth
  • Quantitative Biology

Optional courses
Either Chemistry for Biologists or Fundamentals of Biology, and Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Year Two
Pathway options
In the second year, you will have the opportunity to either remain on the generalist Biological Sciences programme, or select a specialist pathway in:

  • Environmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Human Genetics
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Zoology

Final Year
Compulsory courses

  • Introduction to Research
  • Literature Review

Optional courses
You will select 2.5-3.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses in your chosen degree and from other approved disciplines within UCL.

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How to Apply

Applications for UCL's undergraduate programmes are made through UCAS who provide application services for UK higher education providers. Full details of how to complete your application through UCAS are provided on the UCAS website.

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