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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. You will gain a foundation in cell biology and genetics, and study evolution, biological data analysis, and plant life. You may select from a very wide range of modules that include studies at molecular, organ, organism and ecosystem levels.
You will gain practical experience across all three years of the degree. In your first and second years you will attend laboratory-based and field-based practicals. In your final year, you will join our renowned research culture as you complete your individual research project alongside academics with expertise in a wide range of research areas. Your topic may be from biomedical, environmental, microbial or plant sciences, and you may choose to use a laboratory, field, or computer-based approach.
You’ll gain invaluable laboratory experience across all three years of your degree. In your third year you will complete an individual project, becoming part of our renowned research culture. Many of our former students have contributed to published scientific papers, and our low student-to-staff ratio maximises your contact time with our internationally respected and enthusiastic academics.
You will also develop a range of transferrable skills that you will need to impress potential employers, alongside experience of woking in teams, project management, resilience, determination and strong organisational skills.
Tailor your studies to suit your specific interests in your second and third years.
Learn on a biodiverse campus in reach of sites of special scientific interest.
Develop an understanding of how to design and analyse ecological experiments.
Examine the major theories that seek to explain animal behaviour.
Equip yourself with the skills needed to work in a wide range of sectors.
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|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BBB - ABB||
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|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|