Biological Sciences

China 2+2 programme

Study for two years in the United Kingdom for a world-class biological sciences degree.

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The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh is offering the opportunity to study for two years in the UK for a world-class biological sciences degree.

If you attend one of several Chinese universities you may be able to study Biological Sciences for two years in China and then transfer to the University of Edinburgh to complete a further two years of study. This is known as a “2+2” degree.


  • Study for 2 years in China and 2 years in Edinburgh, the best of both worlds!
  • Study at and graduate from one of the top universities in the world. 
  • Benefit from unrivalled teaching, research expertise and facilities.
  • Choose from a broad range of biology subject areas.
  • Experience life in Scotland's historic capital city.
  • Improve your English.


This arrangement is available from the following universities:

  • China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing
  • Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou
  • Ningbo University, Ningbo
  • South China University of Technology, Guangzhou
  • Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Shenzhen
  • Zhejiang University, Hangzhou

Further agreements may be in place in due course.

Degree programmes

Depending on your progress at your Chinese university you may be able to study for the following degrees:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Development, Regeneration & Stem Cells
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Zoology

Guide for Chinese students

Further information on the China 2+2 programme, including guidance on applying can be found in the guide below. 

How to apply

To apply for this programme, complete the candidate registration form and send electronically to The closing date for applications for entry in September 2018 will be Monday, 12th March 2018.


Required documentation

In addition to completing the candidate registration form, you require to send electronic copies of the items listed below.

  • Two Academic references
  • Academic transcripts (in English)
  • Language certificates
  • Copy of the photo page of your passport
  • Personal statement

The personal statement should be written in English and should be no longer than 300 words. You should explain why you want to study your chosen Biological Sciences degree programme at the University of Edinburgh; and you can include your current knowledge of the subject, any relevant skills or experience and any personal qualities (interests or other skills) that you can demonstrate.

Please send these documents to 

Contact details

We are happy to answer your questions. For more information about our undergraduate programmes, courses or any other matter, please contact our Undergraduate Recruitment Officer.

Undergraduate Recruitment Officer

  • Biological Sciences

Contact details



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