University of East Anglia UEA

Biological Sciences University of East Anglia UEA Degree level: Undergraduate


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This is a four-year programme which starts by giving a broad understanding of the biological sciences including evolution, ecology, biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. You will also receive training in essential scientific methods and techniques, including applied maths and statistics. You then begin to specialise in either Plant Science or Microbiology in years 2 and 3, culminating with an advanced project in your specialism in year 4.

Plant Science or Microbiology are explored at an advanced level in this programme. This occurs through a wide range of modules encompassing the molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and the environmental factors affecting plants for the Plant Science specialism, and the pathological, biochemical, genetic and molecular aspects of microorganisms for the Microbiology specialism. Both benefit from collaboration with our partners at the world-class research institutes the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and the Institute of Food Research, whom, with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the University comprise the Norwich Research Park. The Research Park is home to Europe’s largest collection of plant and microbial scientists.

A number of our students take this unique opportunity to undertake casual work or summer placements across the Park, gaining valuable extra-curricular experience of plant biology or microbiology in its most modern idiom

Course Structure
Year 1 is common to both Plant Science and Microbiology Specialisms. You will study a common broad first year for both Plant Science and Microbiology specialisms which covers all the essential areas underpinning plant science and microbiology including evolution, ecology, biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. Towards the end of your first year you will select your specialism and follow one of the pathways.

Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

Course details


In Year 1 you will study a broad range of subjects, including evolution, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology. In Years 2 and 3, you will be able to focus on one aspect of biological sciences or study a broad range of disciplines such as Biochemistry, Genetics, Cancer Biology and Social Evolution. Your final year will be spent undertaking a year-long research project which is excellent preparation for further study.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

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Course code C105
Institution code E14
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB Including Biology or Human Biology. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element. Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM In relevant subject, please see website for details. Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services, BTEC Business Administration and BTEC Forensic Science.

BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
Science pathway with 12 level 3 credits in Biology.
Scottish Higher AAABB Including Higher A in Biology or Human Biology.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points With Higher Level 5 in Biology. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
Scottish Advanced Higher BCC Including Biology or Human Biology. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C.

We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website or email

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component).

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,800 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Provider information

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University of East Anglia UEA
Norwich Research Park

Course contact details

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01603 591515