Studying biological sciences at Royal Holloway will provide you with a wide variety of skills highly valued by employers. You will develop your ability to research and present your findings, analyse and critically assess data, work as an individual and as part of a team and manage your time effectively.
Some courses offer a study abroad option, as an additional year via our international exchange partner institutions. The School also has strong links with Operation Wallacea allowing students to carry out conservation projects throughout the world.
The School has links with a large number of local industries which provide internships and research project placements. Our annual careers event offers you the chance to network with external speakers and previous graduates.
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different biology-related roles in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food, brewing, agriculture and associated biotechnology industries, as well as launching careers in medicine (both in research institutes and hospitals), forensic science and microbiology. Other graduates have gone into careers in environmental consultancy, research (in universities and research institutes), veterinary medicine, agriculture, conservation, nature reserve management and forestry. Profiles of Biological Sciences graduates are online.
Additionally, the School provides plenty of opportunities to develop your communication skills through outreach work. We host an annual Rare Disease Day event for schools, involving speakers and researchers from around the UK. Our undergraduates are involved in event organisation and putting on activities. Our undergraduates also contribute to the annual Royal Holloway Science Festival directing activities such as making liquid nitrogen ice-cream and extracting DNA.