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
From the simplest to the most complex organisms, from the molecular level to the evolutionary development of species, the living world is endlessly complex and fascinating. This degree takes you across biological boundaries with the option to specialise in your second year.

Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C700
What are the chemical processes that happen inside all living things? And what do they tell us about the baffling complexity of life? Welcome to the fascinating world of biochemistry. This degree includes the option to change your specialism in your second year.

Biological Sciences (Genetics) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C400
From human health to food production, genetics impacts many aspects of society. You’ll look at how genetics functions in today’s biosciences, as well as what it takes to work at the forefront of the industry. This degree includes the option to change your specialism in your second year.

Biological Sciences (Microbiology) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C500
Microorganisms. They might be small, but they tell us more about life on Earth than almost any other living things. You’ll learn how they’re both helpful and harmful, as well as the evolving role of microbiology in biotechnology, health and disease. This degree includes the option to change your specialism in your second year.

Biological Sciences (Neuroscience) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: B140
No computer is more powerful or complex than the human brain. And you’ll get to study the central role it plays in our nervous system – and what can happen when it goes wrong. This degree includes the option to change your specialism in your second year.

Biological Sciences (Physiology with Pharmacology) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: B1B2
The relationship between the subcellular realm and the whole organism is a delicate and fragile one. Tiny changes can have huge effects on body systems, but can be tackled or prevented with correctly targeted drugs. This degree includes the option to change your specialism in your second year.

Biological Sciences (Zoology) BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C300
Zoology covers the behaviour, ecology and evolution of everything within the animal kingdom. Alongside the fundamental theories of zoology, you’ll also gain hands-on lab and fieldwork experience. This degree includes the option to change your specialism in your second year.

Medical Biochemistry BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C720
To make big breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating disease, we often have to look at life at the molecular level. Studying biochemistry in this way will help you tackle the world’s most pressing health issues.

Medical Genetics BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C431
Genetics and molecular biology already tell us so much about who we are. But when researched and tested in the right ways, they also tell us how to better diagnose and treat disease. If this sounds up your alley, this degree is for you.

Medical Microbiology BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: C521
Infectious diseases account for a third of all deaths. It’s a hard stat to take in, but it’s why we keep studying the microscopic organisms that cause them. In this degree, you’ll learn how infectious diseases are caused, prevented, managed and cured – in both research and clinical environments.

Medical Physiology BSc (with optional year abroad or year in industry)
Full-time, 3-4 years | UCAS code: B120
The human body is a well-oiled machine. But it’s still susceptible to disease. Why is this? You’ll answer questions like this through studying how the body works at a molecular, cellular and systems level.

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