Biology (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
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3 years
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About this course

We're reviewing this course as part of our regular quality assurance process.
This may result in some changes to course content, delivery, or withdrawal of the course in 2025.

Learn about life at all levels, from molecules and cells to whole organisms. On this biology degree you'll explore species, communities and entire ecosystems. This broad view will give you the skills you'll need to work around the world in the areas of biology that interest you most.

Each year you'll improve your skills and knowledge and use our wide range of expertise in biological science. This includes:

  • ecology
  • microbiology
  • neuroscience

This biology course will help develop your practical skills and experience. You'll also have many opportunities for field trips and laboratory work.

Southampton is a research university. We're home to the UK's first Cancer Immunology Research Centre, and we're a lead university of the Biofilms Institute. Our research feeds directly into what you'll learn on our biology courses.

With this biological science course you can:

  • carry out fieldwork in the New Forest, Exmoor, Spain and Belize
  • work alongside our active research staff on an independent research project 
  • choose from a selection of optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests
  • spend a semester studying at a university in Europe or Australasia
  • take a year out to work in industry
  • develop transferable skills that employers look for

Practicals which use animals or their tissues are an important part of the course. These practicals follow ethical policies and we'll make adjustments for you if you have valid concerns about taking part.

Foundation year

If you have not studied the required Science subjects for this course, you may be eligible to apply for and enter through our Science Foundation Year.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).


Student stories

The practicals helped me learn the basics of lab skills which provided me with a solid foundation as I stayed here to pursue my master’s and PhD.
PhD student

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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