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Integrative biology brings together all the tools of modern biology to unravel the complexity of living systems. BSc Biological Sciences at Essex will give you the expertise to comprehend the vast and diverse world of living organisms, from the latest sequencing technologies to profile biodiversity and computational tools to understand biological systems, to genome-editing techniques used in human health and biotechnology.
You will have flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests. First year offers a modern overview on diversity of animals, plants, and microorganisms, as well as cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution. Later you can choose one of our 5 pathways. Our Integrative Biology pathway allows you to choose from a broad selection of modules across different disciplines. Alternatively you can specialise in an area you enjoy most, choosing from Human Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Biotechnology, or Ecology and Conservation Biology.
Research-based teaching is a cornerstone of the degree, and lectures and laboratory practicals are designed and delivered by leading scientists performing research in the areas of Genomics and Computational Biology, Protein Structure and Mechanisms of Disease, Ecology and Environmental Microbiology, and Plant Productivity. Molecular biology modules will give you access to state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Ecology and environmental modules develop field skills.
Many of our courses offer a choice of optional modules to tailor your learning experience. More information about these can be found on the University of Essex website.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.
If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Colchester Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BCC||Including Biology grade B.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on subjects studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.|
|Access to HE Diploma||We will consider science based Access to Higher Education Diplomas. Advice can be provided on an individual basis.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||
Including Higher Level Biology grade 5, plus Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4 or above (if not taken at Higher Level). Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.
We are happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
In addition all applicants require GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Clearing contact details
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Undergraduate Admissions Office
Fax: 01206 872808