Biological Sciences

Student life

Learn about student life at Edinburgh, community building, societies, and student support.

Your time as a student here at Edinburgh is more than your classes and studies. We encourage our students to take part in activities that we hope enriches their time with us, some examples are coming along to a ceilidh, joining a society or participating in sports. Of course, we have a dedicated student support team too, who are here to do just that: support students. 

There are so many ways to get involved with the community in the School of Biological Sciences when you study with us. From seminars to ceilidhs, we aim to provide plenty of spaces for you to meet with your classmates in informal settings to get to know them. We invite your teachers along too! Have a look at what is currently on offer at the link below. 

Community building for current students

The University's clubs and societies will help you develop your interests, meet like-minded people, indulge a hobby or simply socialise.

The University hosts an extensive range of clubs and societies here at Edinburgh. With more than 290 to choose from, you’re bound to find one that’s right for you.

Sports clubs

Joining a sports club will give you the opportunity to train, compete and socialise with other members.

From archery and athletics to trampolining and Taekwondo, we offer a vast selection of sports clubs for you to choose from.

The Sports Union is made up of more than 60 sports clubs, catering for all types of activity and ability level, from complete beginner to elite.

Sports clubs


Joining a society is a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends from around the world.

The University's Students' Association supports more than 290 student-led societies and volunteering groups, from the Aberdeen FC Supporters Club to the Harry Potter and the Zoological societies.

Societies range from mainstream to obscure, whether it’s TEDx or Tango, there’s bound to be something for you. If not, you can always start your own.


The University offers a wide range of resources for study skills and study support, including a Biological Sciences Student Support Team. The Student Support team provide academic and pastoral support to all our undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and are here to support you throughout your studies.

They can provide:

  • Administrative support such as course changes
  • General academic support and advice on study skills
  • Pastoral support when significant issues in your life (such as physical illness, mental ill-health or bereavement) impact your studies
  • Help applying for special circumstances and coursework extensions
  • Guidance on accessing support through University services, such as the Student Counselling Service and the Disability and Learning Support Service
  • Help with any other concerns or issues you might have

Your first point of contact will be your Student Adviser, we have six in the School and they are specifically trained to support you during your time studying with us.