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University of East Anglia Biology

University of East Anglia Biology

Join our internationally renowned School of Biological Science based at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, where 100% of our research is recognised as ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). Our Biological Sciences course gives you plenty of optional modules, giving you the opportunity to study many different branches of biology.

Our school has world class academics and some of the best facilities in the country, including our undergraduate practical laboratories. The majority of learning will take place in lectures, seminars, practical laboratory classes and fieldwork providing you with invaluable contact time with lecturers, while learning through first-hand experience.


Our flagship BSc Biological Sciences course allows you to study a wide range of science subjects in the first year without prematurely committing yourself to any particular specialisation. The first year modules cover all the major areas of biology, alongside giving you a grounding in mathematics, statistics, computing, physics and chemistry. You will find the latter units especially valuable if you do not have A-levels in these subjects.

The flexibility of the programme encourages you to explore and pursue your own specialist interests within Biological Sciences as the course progresses. You will have the opportunity to select from more than 25 advanced optional modules that cover a diverse range of scientific subjects, ranging from Behavioural Ecology to Evolutionary Biology. You will also have the chance to apply your developing scientific interests through independent research, as you complete a substantial research project in your final year.

At the end of the first year you may, if you wish, transfer to one of our specialised programmes. Choosing to remain will not limit your module choices, as you will have access to any of the second year units offered across the school. However you do have the option to transfer to the following specialisations in the second year if you choose: Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Plant Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biochemistry, Ecology or Biology with Science Communication.

In order to provide you with even more academic freedom, in both the second and third years you will also have a free choice module, allowing you to select from a huge range of units offered by the School of Biological Sciences and other Schools across the University.

Course Structure

This three-year degree programme enables you to begin studying in the first year without committing yourself to any particular specialisation. During the second and final years of study you can tailor your studies according to any areas of interest or your chosen specialism, alongside completing a substantial independent final year research project.

First year
The first year of the degree programme is designed to give you a thorough introduction to biological sciences, alongside other core elements relating to the study science and mathematics. You will also begin to develop the key scientific skills necessary for your further research projects.

Second Year
The second year allows you to develop your interests in specialist biological subjects, with a range of optional modules. There is also a free choice module that allows you to choose a topic from the entire course catalogue, subject to the approval of the desired school of study.

Final year
In your final year of study you have an even greater range of modules to choose from, focusing on specific biological issues ranging from molecular plant-microbe interactions to cancer biology. You will also study more substantial modules such as Data Analysis, alongside undertaking a substantial independent research project.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


BIO-4001A 20


BIO-4002B 20


BIO-4009Y 20


BIO-4013Y 40


BIO-4008Y 20


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB to include Biology. Science subjects need a Pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL Biology at 5 and one other HL subject at 5
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB to include Biology. Other Sciences at Advanced Higher level would confer an advantage
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB at Higher Level including Biology and at least two other science subjects
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology
  • BTEC DDM in a relevant subject area.
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall, including at least 70% in Biology

Entry Requirement

A level Biology is required for this course.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE.


UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.


The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.




How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Biological Sciences)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.