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Biology helps us to understand the world around us – the way that plants and animals interact, the way that different living things evolve and adapt and our own role in the wider natural world. Biology at Royal Holloway, University of London gives you a sound understanding of the structure, function, evolution and diversity of living organisms and the interactions between them.
Our flexible Biology programme lets you tailor your studies to suit your specific interests in your second and third years, giving you the chance to study specialist courses from Practical Field Ecology to Human Physiology, Marine Microbiology to Seed Biology. This broad-based degree offers the opportunity to concentrate on either plants, animals or both.
Study at our biodiverse campus, in reach of sites of special scientific interest including Windsor Great Park, Box Hill and Chobham Common. You’ll have access to our first-class facilities including proteomics and metabolomics facilities, marine and freshwater aquaria, plant and animal cell culture, glasshouses and an electrophysiology suite, with a recent £16 million investment providing specialist equipment for mass spectrometry, bioinformatics and protein and gene sequencing.
Become a part of our renowned research culture in year 3, joining our expert academics in the laboratory as you complete your independent research project. The School of Biological Sciences was ranked 25th in the UK for influential research output by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
You’ll gain invaluable lab experience from year 1 onwards, with lab, field and independent research helping to hone the skills you need to impress potential employers in fields from biotechnology to environmental monitoring and practical conservation
Enjoy a flexible combination of lab, field and desk-based learning culminating in rewarding independent research.
Take part in world-class research led by renowned academics, with 76% of our Biological Sciences research ranked world-leading and internationally excellent.
Learn on a biodiverse campus in reach of sites of special scientific interest including Windsor Great Park, Box Hill and Chobham Common.
Join a close-knit and supportive learning community with a high staff-to-student ratio
- Graduate with a Royal Society of Biology accredited degree.
Please refer to our website for information:
Your course will be assessed by a combination of examinations and in-course assignments in the form of essays or presentations.
How 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||Main Site|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB - BBB||
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required.
Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Required subject: Biology, plus a Pass in the practical element
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Not accepted|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 24 credits
M: 21 credits
Including all Biology units at Distinction.
Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education
|Scottish Higher||AABBB||Including Biology|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||Applicants with the Cambridge Pre-U are strongly encouraged to apply to Royal Holloway. Offers will be made on the basis of equivalent A-Level grades as can be found on the Royal Holloway website.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||We require at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 points||5,5,5 at Higher Level including Biology, with a minimum of 32 points overall.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H3, H3, H3||Including Biology.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD||In Applied Science plus grade B in A-level Biology. A Pass is required in the practical element of all Science A-levels taken|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D||Plus A-levels grade BB including Biology. A Pass is required in the practical element of all Science A-levels taken.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||ABB - BBB||Including Biology|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.|
Combinations of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, please contact us on email@example.com to discuss your situation
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.