Cardiff University Biosciences

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Cardiff University Biosciences

Studying at the School of Biosciences opens up so many opportunities; it’s not just about the lectures and practicals, but also developing your own skills. The staff encourage you to be driven and motivated; in my first year I was able to get work experience in the microbiology labs and have a paid summer placement. The pastoral care is brilliant; I found the transition to university quite difficult but the support available does make it easier. If you’re looking to be a happy and satisfied student, this is definitely the place for you.

We aim to address the major global challenges of our time in sustaining and keeping healthy both the world’s growing population and the planet’s ecosystems.

Our research contributes to the underlying biological mechanisms of life and disease, seeking to deliver new solutions with major economic, societal and environmental impact. Through our research-led teaching, we will inspire and train new generations, equipping our graduates with the skills and understanding needed to contribute to research, the knowledge-based economy and wider society.

We provide a dynamic and stimulating research environment with impressive modern facilities and high-calibre research-active staff. We have an international reputation for our teaching and research and within the School there are:

  • over 100 academic staff
  • around 150 research staff
  • over 160 postgraduate students
  • around 2000 undergraduate students.

Supported by a range of high quality facilities, our topical courses and advanced research spans the full range of the life sciences from whole (eco) systems to molecular biology.

Biosciences courses (BSc)

Our innovative and dynamic degree programmes are highly flexible, enabling you to tailor your course to suit your interests.

We offer four main degrees for entry through UCAS:

  • BSc Biological Sciences
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc Biochemistry
  • BSc Neuroscience.

Option to specialise

Our courses are designed with student choice in mind. As you move through the course, you may choose to specialise in a particular area or even transfer to one of the other degrees offered by the School – either one of the four entry degrees listed above or one of our four additional ‘exit’ degrees:

  • BSc Biological Sciences (Genetics)
  • BSc Biological Sciences (Zoology)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Physiology).

Your final degree title will depend on the modules you select in the second and final years. Our tutors will guide you through this process to ensure you graduate with a degree that matches your interests and career aspirations.

Find out more about our course options in this video:

All of our degrees are available with a preliminary year and/or professional training year. We also offer four year integrated masters’ degrees.

Depending on the modules you choose, you may also have the opportunity to benefit from our range of field courses, which provide hands-on experience of modern biological techniques and practical in-field skills.

Career prospects

We are committed to ensuring that our students receive an educational experience that prepares them fully for the next phase of their lives. As well as gaining subject-specific skills, our graduates also develop many transferable skills which are attractive to a wide range of employers.

In 2015, 86% of graduates from the School reported that they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Our reputation

In the 2016 World University Ranking (based on research strength and performance) complied by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Life Sciences at Cardiff University was ranked in the top 100 worldwide and the top 10 in the UK.

Facilities for staff and students

A £4M extension to the School’s building complex in 2010 means we have high quality meeting facilities, a coffee shop for staff and students and well-equipped offices. In recent years there has been extensive refurbishment of laboratory space and investment in new state-of-the-art equipment (for example, a Two-Photon System).

We are home to the Welsh Centre for Anatomical Education, providing resources and training for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The new £30M Hadyn Ellis Building houses two University Research Institutes in which the School has a key role: the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute and the Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Institute. The building is also used for research and postgraduate training.

Equality and diversity

We endeavour to promote equality and diversity in all of our practices and activities.

Our aim is to establish an inclusive culture which welcomes and ensures equal opportunities for applicants of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, family structures, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, religious or other beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds.