This course starts in 2020

Biology MSci

Biology MSci

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAA-AAB
UCAS code:
C101
Start date:
September 2020
  • 100% said the course provided them with opportunities to explore ideas and concepts in depth (National Student Survey 2017)
  • 100% of Biology students were in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017)

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.

MSci or BSc?

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

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

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAA-AAB

Subjects

A-levels must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics. 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 must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, 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 with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above of which 30 credits must be at Distinction.

Subjects

Substantial amounts of Level 3 credit in science subjects.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, 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, M1 and M2 in the Pre-U

If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principal 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 a Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject we would expect you to have grades AB in the 2 A-levels and D3 in the Pre-U.

Subjects

A-levels or Cambridge Pre-Us must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

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 must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (grade B).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34-36 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 DD in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.

Subjects

A-level must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics. 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 must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, 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.

Subjects

A-levels must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics. 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 must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, 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

Subjects

In Applied Science and you will need to have opted for substantial numbers of modules in Biology or Chemistry related topics. 

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAAAA-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

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-level grades AAA – AAB

Subjects

A-levels must include at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34-36 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 at least 80%-83%

Additional requirements

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

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and beween 92% to 95% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 3 to 2 or better.

Additional requirements

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

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 - 1.6 for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

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

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. 

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.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

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

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.

Canada

Typical offer

 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75%-80% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AAABB -AAAAB 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.

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

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses.

However, we may consider you if you have studied one year or more of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution, or if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you have the Senior High School Graduation, 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.

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.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4.5 - 5.

Additional requirements

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

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 at least 19/20 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 EEEE, which must include 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.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 14/20 to 15/20.

Additional requirements

You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalauréat with good results (13/20) in at least one science subject other than Mathematics.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.8 to 1.6 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 other than Mathematics is essential.

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

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 5,5,5, to 5, 5, 4  from three subjects including two electives. 

Additional requirements

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

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 science subjects with good results is essential.

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 science subjects with good results is essential.

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

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

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 with grades H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 - 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 a good level of Mathematics and English.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

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.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma Di Maturità or Diploma Pass Di Esame Di Stato with a final Diploma mark of at least 85/100 to 90/100.

Additional requirements

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

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about 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.

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.

Lithuania

Typical offer

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

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.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

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.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of AAA-AAB, Mat 3.5, overall average grade from A2-B3, 75%-80%.

Additional requirements

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

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 7.

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.

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.

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.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of between 4.5 to 5

Additional requirements

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

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 science subjects with good results is essential.

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 at least 18/20.

Additional requirements

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

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.

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.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

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.

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 science subjects with good results is essential.

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. 

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.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0 - 8.5.

Additional requirements

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

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

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 3 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 science subjects with good results is essential.

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)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. 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

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

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% 

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

Modules

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

These modules are running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

    Autumn teaching
    Spring teaching

    Options

      Autumn teaching
      Spring teaching
      Options from other courses

      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 2019/20. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

      Options

        Autumn teaching
        Spring teaching
        Options from other courses

        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)

        A placement is a great way to network and gain practical skills. When you leave Sussex, you'll benefit from having the experience employers are looking for.

        Recent Life Sciences students have gone on placements at:

        • AkzoNobel
        • Pfizer
        • the NHS.

        Find out more about placements and internships.

        Please note: If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

        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)
        Prof Dave Goulson

        Prof Dave Goulson

        Professor Of Biology

        Research interests

        Animal behaviour, Animal ecology, Behavioural Ecology, Biodiversity, Conservation Ecology, Insecticides, Pollination

        View Dave Goulson’s profile

        Prof Paul Graham

        Prof Paul Graham

        Professor of Neuroethology

        Research interests

        Animal behaviour, Learning, Memory, navigation, neuroethology, social insect biology, Vision

        View Paul Graham’s profile

        Prof Leon Lagnado

        Prof Leon Lagnado

        Professor Of Neuroscience 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder'

        Research interests

        Vision

        View Leon Lagnado’s profile

        Dr Jeremy Niven

        Dr Jeremy Niven

        Senior Lecturer in Zoology

        Research interests

        Animal behaviour, Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Behavioural choice, Behavioural Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Evolutionary biology, neuroethology, Sensor Integration, Sensory receptors, Systems neuroscience

        View Jeremy Niven’s profile

        Dr Mark Paget

        Dr Mark Paget

        Reader in Molecular Genetics

        Research interests

        Antibiotic resistance, Antibiotics, Biofuels, Gene expression, Metabolic engineering, Microbiology, Renewables, Streptomyces, Transcription

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        Dr Wiebke Schuett

        Dr Wiebke Schuett

        Lecturer in Evolution Behaviour and Ecology

        Research interests

        Animal behaviour, Animal personality, Information ecology

        View Wiebke Schuett’s profile

        Prof Michelle West

        Prof Michelle West

        Professor of Tumour Virology

        Research interests

        B cells, Cancer cell biology, Cell cycle, Chromatin, Epigenetics, Transcriptional regulation, Translational regulation, Virology

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        Fees

        Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2020. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

        Additional costs

        The Additional Fees below are for the academic year 2019/20, to give you an idea of the additional costs you may have to pay on this course. All costs are best estimates based on market values at the time they are published. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out tips for budgeting as a student.

        Optional field trips

        Optional field trips are available throughout this course. The School subsidises the trips but if you attend you'll need to pay some of the costs towards travel and, in some cases, subsistence. Costs vary depending on location and on number of courses taken, but are usually:

        • Year 1: £60
        • Year 2: £250
        • Year 3: £450–1,000
        • Year 4: £250–1,000.

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        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 2020.

        Careers

        Graduate destinations

        Recent Life Sciences graduates have taken up a range of roles, including:

        • research consultant, Medical Action Myanmar
        • production lab technician, Thermo Fisher Scientific
        • graduate management trainee, NHS Leadership Academy.

        (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017)

        Your future career

        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. 

        You can use your Biology degree for careers in areas including:

        • environment, energy and utilities
        • patents, regulation and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG)
        • health and biotechnology.

        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.

        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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        The world champion powerlifter

        Push yourself, step outside of your comfort zone and use what you've learned to inspire others. At Sussex, you'll be supported to be whoever you want to be. Meet powerlifter and Sussex student, Poppy Joshi, who alongside studying a Physics and Astronomy degree, set a new world record in her category.

        Poppy Joshi - World champion powerlifter

        Poppy’s story

        "You have to make sacrifices to get a world record. Socialising’s a luxury, especially when you’re studying as well. Sleep doesn’t get much of a chance either.

        "I’ve had to push myself, but I’ve still got a physics degree to get. I love being competitive, but I know that it’s not something I’ll do forever. When I’ve finished my MPhys I’d like to study for my PhD. My end goal is to be an astronaut though. I think that’s the coolest thing ever." 


        I love the satisfaction of blowing them away by lifting 100 kilos.” Poppy Joshi
        Physics and Astronomy MPhys

        "When I first started at the gym I was put off by guys lifting huge weights. But now, every time I approach the squat rack and they’re like “she’s only going to lift 20 kilos”, I love the satisfaction of blowing them away by lifting 100 kilos.

        "I got involved in Sussex This Girl Can because I want to help get more girls involved in competitive sports. I hate seeing them intimidated by the gym. There’s no reason that anyone should feel like that.

        "Sussex has been ridiculously supportive. I have a sports scholarship which is brilliant, and my lecturers have really helped me fulfil my assignments during meets. I feel that I could ask anyone for help here and they’d always be there for me.

        "So, if you’re considering coming to Sussex, don’t consider it... just come."

        Find out more about the This Girl Can campaign.

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        World champion powerlifter Poppy Joshi, behind the text 'Push ideas; Push limits; Push yourself'