Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Biological Sciences

Why choose Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 5 universities and the world's top 25 universities for biological sciences in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Our programmes will give you a solid grounding in fundamental topics allowing you to specialise in Year 3 and complete an independent research project in Year 4.

  • You will be taught in state-of-the-art laboratories and in interactive computing studio facilities.

  • You will be taught by staff whose research was ranked 3rd in the UK by research quality (Research Fortnight REF 2014) following the UK government’s Research Excellence Framework 2014.

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Getting taught by lecturers who were carrying out their own research and would allow you work alongside them was a dream come true to me.

Brenda Mionki 1st year BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Biochemistry)
Brenda Mionki 1st year BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Biochemistry)

Introducing Biological Sciences

Biology is the study of life and embraces many different areas of both biological and biomedical interest. Studies range from exploring molecular structures, to understanding how genes work, the development and behaviour of microorganisms, plants and animals, their evolution, and their environmental interactions and impacts. It reveals core scientific knowledge of how cells and organisms function, and results in applications that underpin up-to-the-minute technological and scientific advances.

The School of Biological Sciences offers several programmes spanning the breadth of biology.

On our BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences or Biological Sciences with Management, you enter a general programme where you will be able to experience a range of courses before choosing your final subject specialisation. A number of these courses are in areas that you will not have had the opportunity to study before. We therefore offer a flexible learning experience, where you can tailor your programme to whichever career path you choose.

You will be taught in an internationally reputed research environment, with access to modern facilities. You will also be directly involved in research projects as part of your training.


Work experience opportunities are possible during holiday periods. You will be able to arrange these yourself or with the help of the University’s Careers Service. Some students can apply for a placement of up to 12 months between Years 3 and 4. Students who accept a year-long placement will take an interruption of studies for it. Year-long placements are independent from your University studies and do not contribute towards your final classification. Please also be aware that there are restrictions for some students due to visa requirements.

Visa advice for international students can be provided by our Student Immigration Service.

Immigration and visas


Please apply for only one of the programmes in this group. You should also choose a subject specialisation on your application so we can appoint you a Personal Tutor within the field where your interests currently lie. If you have no subject specialisation preference at this stage, choose Biological Sciences (C100).

If you are interested in Biological Sciences with Management (C1N1) please put this choice on your application to ensure you are enrolled on the relevant compulsory business course. Regardless of application choice, you will have the flexibility to change programmes within Biological Sciences provided the required courses have been passed.