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Flexibility and choice

When you study with us, you can select from a range of modules across the School of Biological Sciences, giving a high degree of flexibility.

You'll have the chance to tailor your degree to your own interests, meaning you can study your passion from day one.

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Study abroad

Depending on your course, you could spend two weeks, a semester, or an academic year abroad.

This can be part of a standard three-year degree, an extended four-year degree, or a shorter length of time such as a summer school.

We’ll help you decide where to go and for how long, guide you through the application process, and support you when you’re abroad.

To find out more about the benefits of studying abroad, and discover where you could go, visit the Study Abroad website.

Gain real-world experience

We offer a range of opportunities to develop work-related skills and gain valuable real-world experience during your studies.

From year-long placements in industry to partnerships with organisations on research projects, there are many ways to enhance your career prospects.

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The first week [of my placement] was spent in the field, with the second week spent in the lab. I'm still in touch with the people I met there. This sort of project isn't available at any other university but it was the highlight of my degree. I was happy that the University of Reading gave me control over my modules and experiences. My options were broad, from immunology to medical genetics to virology.

Edd Jones,

BSc Biological Sciences and MSc Molecular Medicine graduate

Outstanding facilities

The School of Biological Sciences has a full suite of new, cutting-edge laboratories, allowing you to learn in a state-of-the-art environment and conduct original research.

Our facilities enable teaching and research in exciting fields such as phylogenetics, bioinformatics, protein structure, evolution and population biology.

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Excellent career prospects

As a numerate scientist, you will graduate with transferable skills for a wide range of biological or biomedical sciences-based careers.

Overall, 93% of graduates from Biological Sciences are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation.*

*Based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2022, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20; includes all Biological Sciences responders.

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How you'll study

Learn from our experts in lectures, practical lab sessions and through placements – a mix of teaching methods to provide an engaging experience.

Life in the Department

Join our friendly, supportive community who are as passionate about biomedical sciences as you are.

Our research

The aim of our Biomedical Sciences research is to extend life, ease pain, combat diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and enhance the healthy state.
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