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Biological sciences

The rich ecology of Wales provides the perfect environment to develop and hone your skills as a biologist. Combining scientific theory and practical lab and field work, this fascinating subject will give you a greater understanding of the world around you and how it works.

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Wales is your playground

Wales’ diverse landscape is the perfect place to develop and hone your field skills, preparing you for a career in research – wherever in the world that may take you.

Why study with us

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Flexibility

Our innovative, research-driven degree programmes are highly flexible, enabling you to tailor your course to suit your interests.

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World-leading research

Our School plays a lead role in several University Research Institutes and runs a conservation focused field centre in Borneo, Malaysia.

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Career prospects

93% of our graduates reported that they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation (2016/17).

Courses

Biological Sciences (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Our research-led BSc Biological Sciences degree offers a wide choice of topics and includes a range of impressive field courses both within the UK and overseas.

Biological Sciences (MBiol)

Full time, 4 years

Our research-led Biological Sciences integrated master’s degree offers a wide choice of topics and includes a range of impressive field courses both within the UK and overseas.

Biological Sciences Preliminary Year and Professional Training Year (BSc)

Full-time - Sandwich (Thick), 5 years

Our research-led BSc Biological Sciences degree offers a wide choice of topics and includes a range of impressive field courses both within the UK and overseas.

Biological Sciences with Preliminary Year (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

Our research-led BSc Biological Sciences degree offers a wide choice of topics and includes a range of impressive field courses both within the UK and overseas.

Biological Sciences with Professional Training Year (BSc)

Full-time - Sandwich (Thick), 4 years

Our research-led BSc Biological Sciences degree offers a wide choice of topics and includes a range of impressive field courses both within the UK and overseas.

Biological Sciences with Professional Training Year (MBiol)

Full-time - Sandwich (Thick), 5 years

Our research-led Biological Sciences integrated master’s degree offers a wide choice of topics and includes a range of impressive field courses both within the UK and overseas.

Why study Biological Sciences?

Biological Sciences is the study of life itself – from the smallest living organism to the largest. It plays a crucial role in finding solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges – from healthcare and food security to biodiversity loss and climate change.

Biology at Cardiff University offered a wide-range of first year modules which allowed me to discover my main interests and enthusiasm of the subject. This allowed the appropriate specialism in the second and final year.
Katie Journeaux School of Biosciences student

Learning from the best

The world faces unprecedented challenges to sustain ecosystems and keep its growing population healthy. Bioscience has a crucial role to play in understanding the underlying mechanisms and researching solutions.

At the School of Biosciences, you are taught by world-leading research and will gain hands-on experience.

Bringing the School of Biosciences to you

As a student at the School of Biosciences, you will become the next generation of cutting-edge scientists. To give you the opportunity to see what it would be like studying with us, we are bringing our School to you with a series of talks from our lecturers as well as a 360 tour.

Dr Emma Yhnell answers some of your frequently asked questions about our courses.

Dr Andrew Shore, lecturer and Senior Admissions Tutor for the School of Biosciences, talks us through more of your frequently asked questions.

Building a career

From cancer researchers to carnivore keepers, environmentalists to science bloggers, our graduates go on to enjoy a wide range of successful and rewarding careers.

We support students to develop the scientific knowledge, hands-on experience, and transferable skills required by employers in today’s global job market.

Professional training year

Gain valuable first-hand research experience by taking a Professional Training Year, standing you in good stead for the remainder of your degree and your post-university career.

Careers

We support students to develop the scientific knowledge, hands-on experience, and transferable skills required by employers in today’s global job market.

Integrated master’s degrees

Our integrated master’s degrees offer a solid foundation for aspiring researchers and those seeking a career in science.

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

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Student life

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