Biology and Biosciences


Biology student Megan Quail stands in a biosciences laboratory, wearing a white lab coat.

Research? Field work? Lab work at a pharmaceutical company? Biology and biosciences at Edge Hill prepares you for a range of roles where you can make a real impact.

With academics making discoveries in biomedical science, ecology, taxonomy and microbiology, you’ll be immersed in a rich research environment. When you’re not writing lab reports, we might ask you to create educational web pages, curate a museum collection, or even join us on a field trip (paid for by us).

From sub-cellular components to complete ecosystems, biology is the study of life. With strong links to the Royal Society of Biology, our courses help you explore all aspects of the subject. Carry out lab work in top facilities and undertake practical work at home and abroad, on the ground or even in the tree canopy.

Our researchers explore biomedical science, ecology, taxonomy and microbiology. You’ll be the first to hear about breakthroughs, whether it’s a new way to protect butterflies or an antibiotic discovery. Each year, you’ll complete your own research projects too, on everything from genetic connectivity in mountain plants to the molecular basis of skin diseases. You might even present your work at a conference for similar specialists.

As well as traditional exams and lab reports, we’ll challenge you with plenty of other projects and practical work. You might curate museum collections, produce an animation showing a biological process, or join us on field trips (paid for by the University).

  • Our BSc (Hons) Biology degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, and graduates become associate members. This opens up doors to many career development opportunities.
  • To help you apply your knowledge, we keep fieldwork at the heart of all our programmes. Students on all our courses start their research journey with a week-long field trip, usually abroad, while some also explore tree-top environments with an intensive climbing course.
  • Benefit from a whole host of opportunities: former students have spent time working in a genetics lab in Chicago, a Sydney hospital, and the University of Tartu in Estonia, assisting in biological research.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Biology BSc (Hons) C100
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) B910
Biotechnology BSc (Hons) B217
Ecology and Conservation BSc (Hons) C180
Genetics BSc (Hons) SRIV
Plant Science BSc (Hons) CC22
STEM Foundation Year Not Applicable Varies by pathway

Student Views

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A student checks the heath of a plant that is being used for an experiment on plant water relations.The Biosciences building incorporates impressive, modern laboratories, offering exciting and highly relevant practical experience in some of the best equipped facilities in the country.

Resources include fluorescence and scanning electron microscopes, DNA extraction and analysis equipment, climate controlled insectaries and specialist IT facilities. A dedicated microbiology suite is located in the adjacent Tech Hub.

A number of the leading nature reserves in the country are in close proximity. You will be taught within a short travelling distance of impressive field sites such as one of the finest saltmarsh and dune systems in Europe, restored mires of international importance, hay meadows and limestone woodlands. Just a short walk from the University is a farm sympathetically managed for biodiversity, as well as a mixed woodland.

Biosciences Building 360 Virtual Tour

External View

Bioscience Laboratory

Open Days and Virtual Events

Prospective students and their family members tour the Biosciences facilities during an open day.If you are considering studying at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into the student experience is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day.

You can tour the campus, including the halls of residence, with a student guide. There will also be opportunities to attend presentations and view subject facilities.

Alternatively, our virtual open day pages offer the chance to discover everything that Edge Hill University has to offer and find out more about any subjects of interest, including biology and biosciences, through a series of online activities.

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