Bioscience and Health at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS

Course options

There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options

Course summary

Your studies on Birkbeck’s BSc Bioscience and Health will be at the interface between molecular and integrative biology, evolving disease therapies, and epidemiology and public health. You will develop your understanding of the science that underpins the investigation, diagnosis, management and treatment of disease and of the socio-demographic, economic and environmental factors important in managing human diseases. Learning with internationally recognised researchers, study on this bioscience and health degree will provide you with an academic grounding in the science that underpins modern medicine, with the opportunity to explore public health management. You will develop a sound knowledge of scientific principles across a range of disciplines, including biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, drugs and drug discovery, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology and physiology, and will understand their applications. A key element of your degree will be practical laboratory experience. In tandem with your scientific understanding, you will develop practical and data analysis skills that will support an evidence-based, critical approach to scientific discovery. You will also practise creativity and team-building that drive scientific innovation. You will develop the technical, intellectual and social skills needed for careers in research, medicine, teaching, and the wider application of scientific knowledge in the modern workplace. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights

  • Birkbeck provides state-of-the-art, specialist laboratories and facilities for studying biological sciences in the heart of academic London.
  • In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK.
  • You will be taught by internationally distinguished experts who work with governments and institutions around the globe to extend the boundaries of knowledge.
  • Working in close collaboration with the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint institute between Birkbeck and UCL, we are recognised for the excellence and international impact of our research.
Careers and employability Birkbeck’s BSc Bioscience and Health graduates complete the degree with a set of valuable attributes and skills, for example:
  • analysis, critical evaluation and synthesis of evidence, concepts and principles
  • data analysis and problem-solving
  • practical laboratory skills
  • high-level oral and written communication skills in English
  • research skills.
You will find bioscience graduates in the following kinds of roles:
  • pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • NHS laboratory analysts
  • civil service
  • biosciences academic research.
We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Informal assessment may include: engaging in discussions and/or solving problems in class; designing and executing your own laboratory investigations; engaging in peer assessment. Depending on the module, formal assessment may include: short tests, practical reports, problem-solving and data analysis assignments, presentations, internet surveys and written examinations.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Student Outcomes

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1
International £8810 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Bioscience and Health at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS