Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Flexible degree structure; if you are undecided as to what degree you will finally take, our flexible course structure allows you to keep your options open. You can change your course within the organismal or molecular areas right up to the start of the second year, providing the degree you change to is not oversubscribed. Transferable skills; you learn a wide range of skills during the degree, which will serve you well whether you go into a career within or outside Biological Sciences. First'class facilities; we have state'of'the'art mass spectrometry, proteomics and metabolomics facilities, marine and freshwater aquaria, plant and animal cell culture, glasshouses, and an electrophysiology suite. We also have access to extensive areas of natural habitat for fieldwork and are close to sites of national scientific importance, such as Windsor Great Park, Box Hill and Chobham Common. Strong support network; an exceptionally friendly and welcoming environment. Because of our high staff'student ratio, we can offer teaching in small groups, even one'to'one when the need arises. Financial help; we offer Bioscience Entrance Scholarships for students of outstanding ability. These are worth up to '1,000 along with a guaranteed place in a hall of residence for all three years of your degree.

Course Modules

Year 1: cell biology and genetics; living systems: animal and plant physiology; principles of molecular bioscience; biochemistry. Years 2 and 3: applications of molecular genetics in biology; protein structure and function; molecular basis of inherited disease; molecular and medical microbiology; proteomics, genomics and bioinformatics; cell and molecular biology of cancer.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • European Baccalaureate 75%-80%
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • Course specific
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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81% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 74%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 76%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 74%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

81% Go on to work and/or study

In work 40
Studying 37
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 13
Unknown 6

27% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 66%

Total Coursework: 28%

Total Practical: 6%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation