Biological Sciences with Professional Experience

University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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On this degree you will spend your third year in an industrial business, a research institute or an environmental organisation. If you are passionate about biology and want to find out more about the many different aspects of our living world, then this is the course for you. With a wide variety of modules available, you can choose to study those that really align with your interests. You can also specialise in a particular area such as ecology and wildlife, where you will develop an understanding of ecology, conservation biology and humankind's impact on biodiversity, or human biology, where you will develop understanding of human physiology and the basis of disease. Our teaching staff are experts in their fields and you will have access to a range of research facilities and resources, including a purpose-built microbiology building, spectrophotometers, centrifuges and ultracentrifuges and real-time PCR. Outside of the labs, our award-winning campus is home to over 1,000 different animal species and is extremely useful for learning fieldwork skills. We are also home to the Cole Museum of Zoology and a herbarium, which house vast collections and offers volunteering opportunities. There is a strong practical element to this course which means that in addition to gaining subject specifc knowledge you will also develop skills in carrying out fundamental cellular and molecular techniques. Optional field courses run throughout the degree and offer the chance to apply your skills and knowledge in a different environment. Past fieldtrip locations have included Devon, South Africa, Florida and Spain. In your final year you could spend 11 weeks working on an original research project using cutting edge facilities and equipment; previous topics have focused on gene therapy of muscular dystrophy, emerging viral infections, the regulation of the stress response, stem cell biology, the spread of cancer and the control of blood clotting. We provide advice on finding placements and have a dedicated staff member to support you in this. Previous students having undertaken paid vacation studentships funded by external organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Foundation. Careers During the course, emphasis is placed on developing transferable skills such as computer literacy, information retrieval, data handling and communication skills. You could find employment in a wide range of roles across sectors including healthcare, agriculture, commercial manufacturing, environmental management and publishing. You may also decide to take up a research career or move into further study.

Course details


Sample modules may include:

  • Evolutionary processes
  • Cancer and cell communication
  • Venoms and poisons
  • Bacterial pathogens
  • Mammals: diversity, behaviour and conservation
Check our website for more details of the course structure.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeC101
Institution code R12
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB - ABB Biology and one other science at grade B. Acceptable Science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD including relevant science modules.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits including relevant science units.
Scottish Higher AAABB - AABBB Biology and one other science at grade B.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 - 32 points Biology and one other science at Higher Level.
Extended Project B In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or 193 overall.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or 200 overall.
PTE Academic64We require a minimum score of 64 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

Full list of acceptable English Language Tests

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £19815 Year 1

Additional fee information

Any decision on raising tuition fees for new UK/EU students starting in September 2019 would require the approval of both Houses of Parliament before it enters law. Currently, we do not expect an increase to occur, but will contact you if there is any change.
Biological Sciences with Professional Experience at University of Reading - UCAS