Biology Aberystwyth University

Accredited by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

Are you the kind of person who finds every aspect of the living world fascinating? The kind of person who one minute is marvelling at the machinery of gene expression, and the next minute wondering about the flight of birds? If you are that kind of person, then Biology at Aberystwyth is the degree for you.
From proteins to puffins our course covers everything that life has on offer. Aberystwyth is situated amongst hills, wooded valleys, wetlands, sandy and rocky shores and, of course alongside the pristine waters of Cardigan Bay. You might be studying microbiology in the morning, and investigating the life found in sand dunes in the afternoon; you don’t have to limit yourself to just one area of Biology.

You will be taught by passionate, engaged, friendly teaching staff in laboratory and field classes, which build real scientific skills essential for your future. Your academic studies will be bolstered by a wealth of laboratory and field classes which build real scientific skills essential for your future. Our outstanding teaching and E-learning facilities provide you with an outstanding study resources. The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.

The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact. You will be assigned a personal tutor who can guide you through your time at Aberystwyth and help you to settle in when you first arrive.

We have invested heavily and over a number of years in our research facilities, and project students may get the opportunity to work in the research units on Penglais, or in our dedicated research facility at Gogerddan just outside Aberystwyth. In your first year you will explore a wide range of topics from Biochemistry to Animal Diversity, from Microbial Diversity to Vegetation and Ecosystems. These are all designed to give you a firm footing in your second and third years and allow you to try out topics you might never have considered before. There is a wide range of modules on offer in years two and three, more so than in any other scheme we offer. In these years you can specialise, perhaps taking a more molecular or environmental route choosing modules such as Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics or Ecological Surveying. On the other hand you can keep your options open by mixing and matching topics like Biochemistry and Pharmacology with Population and Community Ecology.

Our students leave Aberystwyth University with the skills including; research and data analysis skills, enhanced mathematical and computational skills, effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills; a thorough grounding in information technology skills; the ability to work independently, time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines; the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form; self-motivation and self-reliance and team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.

Our graduates are strong candidates in the following fields: Research scientist, Clinical molecular geneticist, Nature conservation officer and Education. Students who have completed a biology degree could also progress to further training in Dentistry, Medicine and Science writing.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Start date

    24 September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years


How to apply

Application deadlines

To guarantee the university or college will consider you for this course, you must apply by:

15 January

Application codes

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

Course code C100
Institution code A40
Campus name Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.
A level BBC - BBB With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma DDM
Access to HE Diploma Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points With 5 points in Biology at Higher Level.

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,000 Year 1
International £15,000 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fee information: Based on the latest information available to us, for new Home/EU students enrolled on full-time undergraduate courses starting in 2018, Aberystwyth University currently intends to charge a tuition fee of £9,000 for the academic year 2018/19. Welsh government is still to confirm arrangements for 2019/20 onwards, which means that for students starting in 2018/19 or after, tuition fees may rise for any successive years of study, mapped according to any inflation-linked maximum tuition fee permitted by the Welsh Government. These increases would also apply for the proportional fees charged for Year Abroad and Year in Industry. We will inform all applicants and students of the fee levels for 2019/20 and any inflation-linked increases for successive years of study as soon as confirmation is received from Welsh Government, and will publish updates on the Aberystwyth University website. You should check the updated fee information on our website before applying. Up to date details of the relevant fees will be set out in our offer documentation, and your terms and conditions with us will describe how we may be entitled to increase or otherwise change fees during the period of your study with us. Costs not included in the tuition fee: The academic provision of the University includes certain elements of study away from Aberystwyth. These involve activities such as field trips in science degrees and visits to theatres, galleries and museums in humanities-based courses. The additional costs of such activities are not included in the overall University fee and you should, therefore, note the need to budget for them. Details of courses that have additional costs can be found on the Aberystwyth University website. These costs are given as an indication of likely cost and will vary as will the location and duration of the activity. Fuller details will be available from the department organising the activity.

Sponsorship information

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.