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Undergraduate degrees in biology

Our flexible, broad-based degrees span the breadth of contemporary biology, biochemistry and biomedical sciences. We also offer specialist courses which are ideal if you have already developed a particular biological interest.

Why study biology at York?

The Department of Biology is surrounded by open green spaces where you're sure to feel connected to the biological world. You'll have a warm and friendly welcome from our community of staff and students. We'll be alongside you to provide support and academic advice throughout your journey. We're well connected to a host of experts throughout the University for any additional support you may need.

All of our undergraduate courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This recognises our academic excellence and commitment to developing graduate employability skills.

We offer three-year BSc courses and four-year integrated Masters courses which feature advanced modules and specialist research training that specifically focuses on the skills needed for a career as a research scientist.

Course options

All of our courses are available with an optional year in industry

There are also opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course.

If you're studying at a university outside the UK, you may be able to spend up to a year in York as a visiting student. 

Scholarships and funding

Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of Biology.

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Gold-standard education

Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in their latest national assessment (2023 Teaching Excellence Framework).


  • Our courses equip you with knowledge and practical skills within the biological sciences. We'll also help you to develop a number of other widely-applicable scientific abilities and skills sought after by prospective employers. 
  • Employment opportunities range from biological and biomedical research and development, to careers in science communication, the health service, forensic science, environmental health and wildlife conservation. 
  • Enhance your degree by completing a year in industry, gaining valuable work experience and helping to improve your employability. Or spend a year abroad and boost your confidence, independence and language skills. 

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Free online courses

Get a taste of studying biology at university level with our 'bugs, brains and beasts' online course.

You'll study topics including:

  • microorganisms and the biochemistry of life
  • neuroscience, learning and memory
  • interaction of animals with the environment, ecology and conservation.

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