Biological and Medical Sciences

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Biological Science degrees

Medical Sciences degrees

Welcome to Biological and Medical Sciences at Leicester

Our research expertise is formidable. We are globally recognised for our excellence in genetics and the discovery of DNA fingerprinting, but our world-class research spans the range of the biosciences.

We take our teaching as seriously as our research. Our academics are enthusiastic about their work and they are keen to share their knowledge and insights with you. As a result we are proud of our consistently excellent scores in the National Student Survey (NSS) (96% student satisfaction for Biosciences in the 2014 Survey).

We deliver courses across the breadth of the biosciences. Our broad range of expertise allows you to choose from a wide variety of modules and specialise in areas that really interest you. You will also have the chance to undertake your own research project. You will be supervised by research specialists and develop professional lab-based techniques and academic skills that are crucial for careers in the biosciences.

Why choose Biological and Medical Sciences at Leicester

For all undergraduate (BSc) degrees in Biological Sciences

  • Places: 312
  • Applications: 2,014
  • Employability: 96%
  • NSS: 96% overall satisfaction

Detailed entry requirements

  • You’ll be taught by world-leaders. We are especially renowned for the discovery of DNA fingerprinting, which has had massive implications for areas such as forensics.
  • You can get hands-on work experience through our year-long industry placements with leading employers.
  • Your practical classes and individual research projects use our well-equipped laboratories, giving you experience of some specialist techniques e.g. electron microscopy, NMR, PCR or patch clamping.
  • We are the UK’s Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning in Genetics.
  • High performing students may be considered for a transfer to Medicine at the end of the first year..

Course opportunities

On a four-year course you spend one year of your degree either working in industry (a scheme accredited by the Society of Biology) or studying at one of our partner universities in Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, Finland, Japan or the USA.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Traditional lectures are supported by a variety of activities including tutorials, practical classes, seminars and field work. From the outset, you will be encouraged and supported in your development as an independent learner.

We also use a range of approaches to assessment. Most modules have a written examination but are also assessed through coursework, including essays, practical reports, oral presentations and data handling exercises. You will also undertake a Final Year research project, which, with its strong emphasis on independent study, forms an important part of your academic and intellectual development.

Career opportunities

  • A series of lectures – ‘Careers After Biological Sciences’ – feature alumni giving insights and tips into their career experiences.
  • We offer a range of internal research placements working in research labs in the summer vacation between the Second Year and Third Year, giving you the chance to develop your scientific skills.
  • We run an analysis of our students’ career intentions, which leads to bespoke bioscience careers events in the summer term.
  • Departmental seminars let you hear from national and international experts in the biosciences – allowing you to enhance your knowledge and get useful insights into topical themes in the fields.


Previous graduates have found jobs with: Abacus International, Age UK, Biofocus, Credit Suisse, Eden Biodesign, Mahle Engine Systems, Nike, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, St George’s Hospital, Serco, Teva Pharmaceutical, Twycross Zoo, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Postgraduate study

Previous graduates have gone on to study: Biochemistry; Cardiovascular Sciences; Cell Physiology and Pharmacology; Genetics; Medicine; Molecular Pathology and Toxicology; PGCE

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