The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

What Our Students Think

The University of Southampton is a great place to study – feedback from our annual Student Experience Survey shows our undergraduates are highly satisfied with their experience here.

Biological Sciences' flexible course structures and supportive atmosphere contribute to a really positive undergraduate experience.

Here you can find out what students think of Biological Science's and the opportunities that have opened up for them since they graduated.

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Southampton is world renowned for its research within the Faculty of Biological Sciences and as a Russell Group university, the lectures, tutorials, seminars and practicals I have received as an undergraduate at Southampton have included relevant and up to date information and skills that I can apply to my work currently and adapt to use in future work.
Lucy Alford - MSci Ecology and Conservation*
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I would definitely recommend Southampton, it’s been really good and the facilities are really great. It’s small enough to feel like home but big enough for you to spread your wings.
Brittany Camp - BSc Biology, 2015
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Being around such world-leading professors in the laboratories is incredible, it’s a close-knit family in biological sciences and staff are working on so many world-changing projects.
Thomas Cross - BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2016
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In 2015, with the help of staff and students, we designed three innovative solutions which helped over 41,000 people in Kenya to improve their livelihoods. I have been involved in developing the soap from day one and it has been a wonderful chance to use knowledge from my degree in a practical way, all the while improving the lives of people in the communities we work in.
Rosie Davis - BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2016
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My placement year was the real highlight. I was at Astra Zeneca in Cambridge, one of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. I did geno-medicine, modelling cancer to find better treatments, it’s one of the latest technologies and I was fortunate to get all that laboratory experience.
Charles Dunlop - BSc Biomedical Sciences with a placement year, 2016
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I did a placement year at Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company, in their new product planning and business development team.
Genevieve Farrell - BSc Biochemistry, 2016
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My favourite memory here was the 2-week field course I went on to Spain. I really enjoyed working in a field environment and it gave me a taste of what it is like to be a field scientist.
Caitlin Ford - MSci Ecology and Conservation*
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Southampton offers so many opportunities for biological science students. You can focus your degree according to what you’re interested in, whether it’s the molecular side of zoology or the ecology and conservation side as I did.
Chloe Fulford - BSc Zoology, 2016
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If you want to be challenged to work hard, encouraged to do what you want to do, and celebrated for what you have achieved, Southampton is where you want to be. I have changed so much as a person since being here, and my confidence levels have soared thanks to the people I am surrounded by, both lecturers and classmates alike.
Georgia Harper - BSc Biology, 2018
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The highlight was going on the Spanish field course for ten days in the first year. It brought the whole cohort together and we bonded as a year group.
Rebecca Harrill - BSc Biology, 2015
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I’ve really enjoyed myself here not just in terms of my degree but also living here, Southampton as a place, the options I’ve had and the friends I’ve made.
Angus Haynes - BSc Biochemistry, 2015
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After I graduated I took a gap year to work, save money and decide what I wanted to do next. I ended up deciding to apply for MBBCH Graduate entry Medicine and I got accepted into Swansea University.
Emanuela Howard - BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2015
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I loved the Spain trips. We flew down to Andalucía and we spent twelve days learning really useful fieldwork skills. We really enjoyed the local wildlife and the diversity that’s there. I got hands on experience with insects, plants and the local marine life. I enjoyed the first year trip so much that I applied to be a demonstrator, going back to help teach the first years as a second year student.
Lisa Jones - BSc Zoology, 2015
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The many transferable skills I have gained from studying Biochemistry at Southampton have enabled me to secure a graduate position at the professional services organisation PWC.
Isabel King - BSc Biochemistry, 2016
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It has definitely been a good three years; probably the best three years of my life! After graduation, I’m starting a PhD course here at the University of Southampton. My ambition is to stay at the university and teach. I have met so many great researchers and outstanding lecturers at the same time and they have been and they still are inspiring and so I think in the future, I hope that could be me.
Monika Kudelska - Pharmacology, 2015
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As well as my ten month placement in the Gardens, I got the chance to go to Borneo on a field course as my supervisor is also a lecturer at Aberystwyth University. I jumped at the chance to get involved and even got to see orangutans out there
Abi Lowe - BSc Biology, 2016
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I attended three summer internships at University Hospital of Athens, where I worked as a research assistant. This experience gave me the opportunity to learn how a real laboratory is run and gain further valuable laboratory techniques to enhance my knowledge around the field of research.
Aikaterini Mamareli - BSc Biochemistry, 2016
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The University's laboratory summer internships are an invaluable source of skills and information. I did such an internship on inflammation and it’s influence to neurodegenerative disease, which gave me a very good insight into the scientific side of research.
Nash Matinyarare - BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2014
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In 2015, my dissertation took me to Mexico to study the distribution and abundance of jaguars and pumas in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. The trip, organised by Operation Wallacea, brought together students and scientists from all around the world and aims to train the next generation of conservationists to understand how conservation research is completed.
Owen Middleton - MSci Ecology and Conservation*
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I studied everything from plant biology to animal development and neuroscience it’s been incredibly broad which I really liked.
Isabel Morgan - BSc Biology, 2016
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The whole experience was absolutely insane and incredible at the same time – one of my biggest passions has always been wildlife presenting, Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham were huge idols off mine growing up, and so the opportunity to get a taste of that world was absolutely phenomenal. It was exciting to see the public engage with zoology and the wildlife around them, something that’s so important to me, and knowing that we made that happen was an amazing feeling.
Frances Mullany - MSci Zoology, 2017
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One of my projects involved investigating the paleohistory of Madagascan grass pollen using an electron microscope and looking at what it can tell us about vegetation landscape. I was delighted to be named first author on an academic paper with my colleague Dr Paula Rudall, the Head of Micromorphology at Kew.
Isabelle Needham - BSc Biology, 2015
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Studying Pharmacology has given me the essential skills required to be an effective member of a team in both a research and non-research environment.
Leighton Osbourne - BSc Pharmacology, 2016
Photo of Francesca Pipkin
The staff are amazing! They are really knowledgeable in their respective fields and really approachable. They are all such genuinely interesting and lovely people and it is nice just to chat to them about their research and interest areas as well as learning from some of the top researchers in the country.
Francesca Pipkin - BSc Pharmacology, 2016
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I had an Internship at the end of my second year at the University’s Cancer Sciences Centre at Southampton General Hospital - that was when I definitely knew I wanted to specialise in cancer research.
Aralee Rose Ramos - Master of Biomedical Science with Foundation Year, 2016
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I spent a year in industry at GSK in Stevenage looking at ways to monitor liver and kidney fibrosis.
Phillippa Richardson - Master of Neuroscience, 2016
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The lecturers have been very supportive, helping me to develop my interests and the course has been extremely enjoyable.
Sophie Rideout - BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2016
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One of the highlights of the year was a three month placement working at the University’s neuroscience laboratory. I wrote up my research into the causes of Alzheimer’s Disease and presented a poster at the annual conference of the Southampton Neuroscience Group.
Jessica Rigolon - BSc Biomedical Sciences
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As a Russell group university it is great to have lecturers at the forefront of current research. The staff who I have been in contact with have an approachable nature and many have gone above and beyond, providing references as well as help to offer summer placements in the laboratory.
Megan Simpkins - BSc Biomedical Science, 2016
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Throughout my time with GSK I was exposed to doctors, scientists and statisticians who were very supportive and helped shape my career goals
Alex Simpson - MBiochem Biochemistry
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Studying at Southampton was definitely one of the best decisions I've made. I've had countless experiences and made many lifelong friends along the way.
Kethan Suvarna - MBioSci Master of Biomedical Sciences
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I would recommend other students to do placement years or summer internships during their degree as I felt I developed new and existing skills during the year and had real-life industry experience when applying for roles after my degree.
Charlotte Taylor - BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2015
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My subject knowledge has increased dramatically with far more challenging content being delivered by the lecturers than what I covered in my A-levels.
Anna Thomas - BSc Biochemistry
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The Biology course here provides students with constant stimulation and a new piece of inspiration in almost every lecture.
Luke Vassor - BSc Biology
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There really has been countless opportunities to get involved with a variety of things that have not only enhanced my CV but also given me worthwhile and memorable experiences.
Kristin Vestermark - BSc Biology, 2015
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I ended up spending most of the summer chest-deep in rivers looking for mink and watervole tracks, we monitored the river Avon all the way from Fordingbridge to Christchurch. The mammalian research at GWCT also included work with squirrels and hedgehogs.
Sophie Watts - BSc Biology, 2016
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The University of Southampton has a fantastic Biological Sciences Department with modern teaching labs and a wide range of modules to tailor your degree.
Jake Weeks - BSc Biology
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The field trip to Spain for Biology, Zoology and Ecology students was brilliant.
Rebekah White - BSc Biology
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The newly built Life Sciences Building means we have a very modern, well equipped teaching and learning space which contributes a lot to the learning experience.
Charlie Wilson - MSci Ecology and Conservation 2017*
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Among the highlights of the last four years was the chance to do two dissertations, the first was about aggressive behaviour of crickets, then this year I researched the temperatures ants can survive in.
Daria Zielinska - MSci Ecology and Conservation*

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