This course starts in 2022

Biology MSci

Biology MSci

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB
Contextual A-level offer:
ABB-BBB
UCAS code:
C101
Start date:
September 2022

Biology at Sussex offers a huge range of specialist modules to choose from, coupled with excellent teaching.”

Jenny Williamson Biology BSc

At Sussex, you learn from experts who are tackling some of society’s biggest issues, from research into cancer treatments to the declining bee population.

You can choose from a wide range of modules, based on the latest research, to tailor your degree to your interests.

Your integrated Masters year means you develop advanced research skills.

Outside of the laboratory, you can apply your practical skills through fieldwork – we offer amazing field trips to Wales, Portugal, Southern Africa, the Red Sea and Ecuador. This gives you real-world research experience before you graduate.

We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

MSci or BSc?

We also offer this course as a three-year BScFind out about the benefits of an integrated Masters year. 

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Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB

Contextual offer

ABB-BBB

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Marine Science, Physics or Sports Science. You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in at least one of the science subjects. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass Diploma with at least 39 level 3 credits at Merit or above including 24-27 credits at Distinction

Subjects

Substantial amounts of Level 3 credits in science subjects.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects (including A-level mixes)

Typical offer

D3, D3 and M2 in the Pre-U

If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects, we would expect you to have a grade A in the A-level and D3 and M2 in the two Pre-Us.

If you have two A-levels and Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects, we would normally expect you to have grades AB in the two A-levels and D3 in the Pre-U. 

Subjects

A-level or Cambridge Pre-Us must include at least one from A-level listing above.

You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in at least one of the science subjects. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.     

Subjects

Higher Levels must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with a grade of 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level

Typical offer

Grade A in A-level, and Distinction, Distinction in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.

Contextual offer

Grade B in A-level and DD in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels need to be one of the relevant science A-levels listed in the A-level section above. Applicants combining a different A-level with the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you have taken a science A-level you will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in a science subject. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

Typical offer

Grades AB in A-levels plus Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate.

Contextual offer

Grades BB in A-levels plus Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate.

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels need to be one of the relevant science A-levels listed in the A-level section above. 

If you have taken a science A-level you will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in a science subject. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD

Contextual offer

DDM

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma will need to be in Applied science and must include the following modules

For the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, please contact admissions ug.applicants@sussex.ac.uk

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAABB

Subjects

Highers must include one or two science subjects (other than Maths). Ideally, you will have at least one science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at Advanced Higher. 

GCSEs

You will also need Scottish National 5 in English, Mathematics and two sciences with grade B in each.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

AAB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Subjects

A-levels need to be one of the relevant science A-levels listed in the A-level section above. 

You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in at least one of the science subjects. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.     

Subjects

Higher Levels must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with a grade of 5.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of 80%

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential (at least a score of 8).

Also you will need to have a good ability in mathematics.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and 92% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 3 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 1.8 or better for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AAABB from 5 grade 12 courses

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

If you have the Goakao, we will consider applications for direct entry to first year. You would normally need an overall average of 75%, including required subjects.

We are also pleased to consider applications if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year or you have one or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution.

The Senior High School Graduation alone would not be sufficient for entry to our undergraduate degrees, but you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

Additional requirements

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of 4.5

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of 19/20 and above will be considered for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 - 10 on the new grading scale.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Pass Ylioppilastutkinto with overall final result of at least EEMM

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with overall final result of at least 14/20.

Additional requirements

Successful students will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalauréat with good results (12/20) in at least one science subject from Biology, Chemistry or Physics and have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.8 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results (12/15) in at least one science from Biology, Chemistry or Physics and have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 19 will be considered for first-year entry.

You must also have either Apolytirion pathway in at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics with a score of 19 or the Pan Hellenic in at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics with an overall score of 17.

Additional requirements

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 5, 4 from three subjects including two electives

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average of at least 55555 to 55544

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

85%-80% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)
85%-80% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
85%-80% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1,H1,H2,H2,H3.

Additional requirements

Highers will need to include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with a grade H1.

You must have at least grade O4 in Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Israel

Typical offer

For first year entry at least 80% (or 8/10) in at least 6 subjects, including one 5 unit subject, in one sitting of the Bagrut.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma Di Maturità or Diploma Pass Di Esame Di Stato with a final Diploma mark of 85/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Typical offer

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in science subjects with good results is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Pass the Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires with 48 points overall

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of  AAB, Maticulation 3.5, UEC overall average grade A2 78%.

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 8.



Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of 4.5

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Typical offer

You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies.

You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC). You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Pass Matura with least 3 Extended level subjects in the 80th percentile including at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of 18/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of between 8.7 including a score of 8 in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Pass Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške (Maturita)  with an average grade of 1.5 from 4 subjects including at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Additional requirements

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 25 points overall.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg/Högskoleförberedande Examen with a total of 2,500 credits to include B grades in the majority of subjects and to include grade B in in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see three good AP scores

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of 5,5,4 in three subjects.

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300 and will look for around 600 in relevant subject tests.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics with good results are essential. You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

TOEFL (iBT)

80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

Check your TOEFL qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% or Grade 3

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

For details on any additional costs, check out the Fees and scholarships section.

Modules

This is a single-honours course, allowing you to focus in depth on your core subject.

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

These modules are running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    Autumn teaching
    Spring teaching

    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

    While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

      Autumn teaching
      Spring teaching

      Explore modules from other subjects

      At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

      As part of this degree, you can explore subjects that are different to your course through electives and pathways that complement your main subject. You will either have the option to choose an elective as part of this course, or it may be necessary to choose an elective or pathway to meet the credit requirements.

      Find out what opportunities your course offers

      These modules are running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

      It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

      Options

      You choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

      While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

        Autumn teaching
        Spring teaching

        Explore modules from other subjects

        At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

        As part of this degree, you can explore subjects that are different to your course through electives and pathways that complement your main subject. You will either have the option to choose an elective as part of this course, or it may be necessary to choose an elective or pathway to meet the credit requirements.

        Find out what opportunities your course offers

        Study abroad (optional)

        Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you

        Placement (optional)

        To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can provide you with information and advice. If you’re successful in obtaining a placement, this will form part of your course.

        Find out more about placements and internships

        Recent Life Sciences students have gone on placements at:

        • AkzoNobel
        • Pfizer
        • the NHS.

        Please note: If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of your course with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA if the number of credits for the placement/internship exceeds 25% of the total credits for your course. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

        These modules are running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

        It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

        Core modules

        Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

          Autumn teaching

          Options

          Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

          While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

            Autumn teaching
            Spring teaching

            These modules are running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

            It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

            Core modules

            Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

              Autumn teaching
              Spring teaching

              Options

              Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

              While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

                Autumn teaching
                Spring teaching

                Our staff

                My speciality is bees and social insects, looking at how an ant colony is organised, and finding out how to control honey bee diseases.”Professor Francis Ratnieks
                Professor of Apiculture (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment)

                Fees

                Home students:
                £9,250 per year
                Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
                £9,250 per year
                International students:
                £22,500 per year
                Study abroad:
                Find out about grants and funding, tuition fees and insurance costs for studying abroad
                Placement:
                Find out about tuition fees for placements

                Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis as the Government reviews the fee levels.

                Additional costs

                Note about additional costs

                Please note that all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Activities may be subject to unavoidable change in response to Government advice. We'll let you know at the earliest opportunity. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out tips for budgeting as a student here.

                Field trips

                You can choose to go on assessed field trips in Years 1, 2, 3, and 4, partially subsidised by the School. If you attend, you'll need to pay the costs towards travel and, in some cases, subsistence and accommodation. Payment is made in week 3 of the autumn term. Costs vary depending on location and on number of courses taken, but are usually around:

                Year 1: Up to approximately £450
                Year 2: Up to approximately £800
                Year 3: Up to approximately £2,450
                Year 4: Up to approximately £2,450

                Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

                Find out about our terms and conditions

                Scholarships

                Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.

                Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2022.

                Careers

                Throughout your course, transferable skills such as time management, communication and numerical and data analysis are embedded within the modules. You also develop your problem-solving and team-working abilities. 

                At Sussex, you can access careers support in the form of one-to-one appointments, drop-in clinics, exclusive jobs listings and talks given by industry professionals. This support continues up to three years after you’ve graduated.

                What to do with a Biology degree

                Explore the careers you might be interested in after studying for a degree in Biology

                Working while you study

                Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

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