Undergraduate courses

We offer a wide range of degrees to give you both breadth of vision and specialised knowledge across the range of the modern biological sciences.

The School comprises three departments: Genetics and Genome Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour. Together with the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation from the School of Medicine, we collaborate in teaching and research.

We also provide you with the opportunity to undertake a four-year degree. You can either spend one year studying abroad in the USA, Japan or at another European university (under the Erasmus scheme), or you can transfer to a four-year sandwich degree that includes a year working in a related industry.

Our degrees

Biological Sciences BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C100
This is for you if... you want a flexible programme that gives you the opportunity to study across the breadth of biological sciences but also to take your learning to the forefront of current research.

Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C700
This is for you if... you want to understand the crucial role played by biomolecules in life.

Biological Sciences (Genetics) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C400
This is for you if... you want to understand why research in genetics and molecular biology is at the cutting edge of today's biosciences, from synthetic life to the use of stem cells to treat human disease.

Biological Sciences (Microbiology) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C500
This is for you if... you want to understand the central role of microorganisms in biotechnology and in maintaining a habitable Earth, as well as their roles in health and disease.

Biological Sciences (Neuroscience) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: B140
This is for you if... you want to investigate the highly complex organisation of the brain.

Biological Sciences (Physiology with Pharmacology) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: B1B2
This is for you if... you are interested in understanding how the human body works, ranging from detailed cellular mechanisms through to how drugs interact with receptors to affect various physiological processes.

Biological Sciences (Zoology) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C300
This is for you if... you want to study biology at the level of the whole organism, and if you have particular interests in the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of animals and the diverse ecosystems in which they live.

Medical Biochemistry BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C720
This is for you if... you want to understand the role of biochemistry and molecular biology in understanding, diagnosing and treating disease.

Medical Genetics BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C431
This is for you if... you want to understand the role of genetics and molecular biology in understanding, diagnosing and treating disease, including clinical research, genetic testing and genetic counselling.

Medical Microbiology BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C521
This is for you if... you want to understand infectious diseases, which are responsible for a third of all deaths and are a major cause of death in infants and young children.

Medical Physiology BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: B120
This is for you if... you want to understand how the human body works, ranging from intricate cellular processes to the function of organs, and how malfunctions in these processes can lead to disease.

Why choose Biological Sciences at Leicester?

  • Our degrees will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities - 95% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation
  • We invented the technique for DNA fingerprinting - used by courts and crime agencies throughout the world
  • Gain experience in general laboratory skills and learn specialised techniques including electron microscopy, NMR, PCR and patch clamping
  • Our degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This meets the academic and experience requirement for membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status
  • The school was awarded £4.5 million by the Higher Education Funding Council to establish the GENIE Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning

Career opportunities

Our degrees will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities.

Careers in biosciences