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Study biosciences at Manchester

Explore the science of life.

Undergraduate biosciences

Discover the fascinating world of biological and biomedical sciences with a degree that gives you flexibility to explore your interests. Learn from experts in the field and open the door to a world of opportunities.

Explore your interests

Whether you already know what subject you want to study or you want time to discover your passion, our universal biosciences first year makes it easy for you to switch between most of our 70+ undergraduate course options before you start the second year.

The size and scale of the bioscience community at Manchester means there are always opportunities for you to cross into related areas and find your niche.  With so many options, Manchester will have the right course for you!

Whatever area of biosciences you study, you’ll develop your skills as a scientist in modern lab facilities based right at the heart of the University’s Oxford Road campus.

"The University has hundreds of research labs working across all biological disciplines, meaning there is sure to be someone working in your area of interest, and many of the academics are also leaders in their fields."

Lucy McGowan / MSci Biology

Foundation year

Want to study biosciences but don't have the appropriate entry qualifications? Find out how our foundation year can help to prepare you.

"My foundation year really helped with the transition to higher education. The teaching staff were incredibly helpful and supportive and it’s given me the knowledge I need to successfully complete a biosciences course at Manchester."

Lauren Goodfellow / BSc Genetics



Tailor your degree

Most of our 3-year BSc courses can be taken with an additional year to do an integrated master’s (MSci), study a modern language or complete an industrial and professional experience placement.

Enhance your studies

We know that life at university is about more than lectures, so we give you the opportunity to gain life experiences and skills that will set you apart once you graduate.


What will you do with a degree in biosciences?

A degree in biosciences can help you develop skills you can use in a wide range of careers. What will you choose to specialise in?

Meet some of our graduates doing amazing things with their bioscience degrees...

“As part of my placement I’ve been given the freedom to establish my own long-term monitoring study and field site which will allow me to discover something which is as-yet unknown to science.”

Jennifer Thomson / BSc Zoology with Professional/Industrial Experience


Apply for biosciences

If you’re ready to apply to a bioscience degree at Manchester, here’s what you need to know.


Contact us

Course enquiries

tel: +44 (0)161 275 5032



General undergraduate enquiries

tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2077




Taught master’s in biosciences

Taught biological sciences master's courses at Manchester are powered by the research that we are known for, from immunology and inflammation to genomic sciences.

Get ready for your PhD

Many of our master's courses are designed to help students prepare for PhD study and a career in the lab, giving you a head start if you want to become a research scientist.

"I love reading scientific papers and trying out different techniques or reagents in the lab. The lab-based project was really suitable for someone like me who was interested in taking on a postgraduate research position. Now I’m doing a PhD Neuroscience degree."

Arthur Yushi / MSc Neuroscience graduate



Learn from top researchers

You'll benefit from extensive hands-on work in the lab, learning from leading researchers through practical placements and working as part of a research team. Skills workshops and seminars with respected experts offer additional perspectives on conducting world-class research.

Find your specialism

Choose from a large variety of courses within biosciences at Manchester, whether your passion lies in bioinformatics, cell biology or neuroscience - or even outside the lab in science communication.

"I believe the programme has helped prepare me for a career as a research scientist, as well as obtain transferrable skills for jobs outside of science."

Anya Morrison / MRes in Infection Biology


Access unique facilities

Depending on your area of interest, you'll have access to world-leading facilities such as our Genome Editing Unit, which is the only UK core facility that both uses CRISPR-Cas9 and trains others to do so.

Other courses offer the opportunity to familiarise yourself with technologies such as live cell imaging, flow cytometry and next generation sequencing, taking advantage of facilities right here in Manchester.

If your interests lie in biomedical research, you'll benefit from learning in a world-class research environment with close links to local NHS hospitals. This provides access to samples that can be used to explore real-life scenarios on some courses.

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"The influence of the course became apparent when I was approached by a number of recruiters for professional and academic opportunities even before I submitted my final dissertation, and before I had finished the course I was accepted for a very interesting and well wanted Data Science role."

Dimitrios Solomos / Graduate, MSc Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Contact us

Course enquiries

tel: +44 (0)161 306 5439



General postgraduate taught enquiries

tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2077