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The School of Biological Sciences – University of Reading

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  • The mechanics of a living world

    Your chance to study the infinitely complex tapestry of life on Earth

The School of Biological Sciences

Every day, you see the effects of the biological sciences all around you. From the smallest molecule to the largest ecosystem, the biological sciences are the study of the living world. At Reading, we go under the skin of life to discover the natural world's deepest secrets. Will you come with us?

The scope of the School of Biological Sciences is truly immense. Whether you are interested in a career at the forefront of biomedical discovery or want to protect endangered wildlife, this is the place for you.

biosci_Elephants270182Which Biological Science course?

At Reading, you will discover a School of Biological Sciences which offers an extraordinary variety of courses from molecular medicine and biomedical science to wildlife conservation and zoology. Not sure what path to take? Have a look at our degree courses to find out which course is best for you.

virus particleDelve deeper with Master's degrees

The School of Biological Sciences is an excellent place for graduates to pursue a higher degree. We offer an array of specialist master's courses, some of which are difficult to find elsewhere. With courses combining taught modules, field work and research, Reading is a renowned destination for postgraduate students.

microbiology homeDoctoral study at the forefront of discovery

The biological sciences are the sciences of today, with many repercussions for our society. As such, there is a growing call for researchers in many different fields. At Reading, you will study for your doctorate in a research-orientated and supportive environment whilst getting to work on ground-breaking projects.

plants growing under glassWorld leading research

We are a research intensive institution with a history of internationally recognised research which has been rewarded with substantial investment. Our research interests span the broad scope of modern biology, from individual molecules to global biodiversity and sustainability, and we emphasise cross-disciplinary and quantitative approaches.

campus shotAn ideal environment to learn

Reading is a great place to study biological sciences.

Whiteknights campus itself is an outstanding habitat, with 130 hectares of biodiversity including woods, meadows and a lake. The University owns 760 acres of farmland and woodland around Shinfield, Arborfield and Sonning. These locations are both beautiful and practical for study.


With an on-site Chemical Analysis Facility, greenhouses, plant-growing facilities, a renowned herbarium and the Cole Museum of Zoology, every discipline of biological sciences has a place here. 


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