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Biology with Science and Society

Consider the social, ethical and political dimension of the biosciences.

Biology with Science & Society Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • You want to combine your interest in science and humanities.
  • You want to be taught by and do research alongside academics from the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine who are world leading experts in their field.
  • You want to improve your employability by taking this course with an industrial/professional experience year
  • We have links with many relevant organisations including museums and healthcare communications companies.
UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
3 years
Number of places/applicants

650/4500 (Overall data for biological and biomedical undergraduate courses at The University of Manchester)

Typical A level offer
Grades AAA-ABB.

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher Level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Full entry requirements

Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5032
How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of Manchester's biological and biomedical undergraduate courses. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

“I’ve enjoyed the combination of hard science and historical analysis. I never get bored, and that’s one of the most important things for me. It’s been really insightful and satisfied a lot of my curiosity about what forces shape the world around us.”

Inez Dawoodjee

Course description

Do you want to see biological sciences as part of society? This course is designed for students who want a broad biological course, but who also wish to set the biosciences in their contemporary social context.

You will receive a wide range of training from staff at our world-renowned Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine . Our staff's specialisms include the critical history and social implications of genetics, evolutionary theory, biomedical sciences and modern medical practice.

You will explore the changing social, ethical and political dimension of biological sciences, while also developing research, writing and communication skills. If you like science, but you also like humanities and social studies, this is the course for you.

Both our science media projects - where you produce a portfolio of communication materials that could include a scientific article or a podcast - and our science communication placements through which you could spend a year working in an organisation that communicates science (such as a medical writing company or a museum) provide a wealth of opportunities for you to stand out from other graduates in this field.

This course provides transferable skills in reading, research, writing, analysis and presentation and is therefore an excellent basis for non-laboratory-based science careers such as management, museum work, science communication or science policy work.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year.

Open days

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the biological and biomedical sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250 per annum. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.