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Why study Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway?


Why study Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway?

World-class research informs our teaching

From gene therapy to Golden Rice, our research has impact and ensures our students are taught at the cutting-edge of Biological Sciences.

  • Our world-class research is highly ranked in the UK and in the University of London. In the most recent Research assessment, the REF, we were recognised for the world leading quality of our research; our students contribute to this research during their third-year research projects.
  • In the last Teaching Quality Assessment we scored the maximum 24 points.
  • All seven of our undergraduate degrees have been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
  • A degree from the University of London is prestigious and internationally recognised.
  • Our National Student Survey feedback scores (NSS 2016) for overall satisfaction are 93 % (Biology), 93 % (Biomedical Sciences) and 94 % (Zoology). This places us among the top 25 % departments for overall satisfaction in Biological Sciences.

State-of-the-art facilities

We recently invested £16 million in facilities for teaching and research 

  • Our department houses state-of-the-art equipment for mass spectrometry, bioinformatics, protein and gene sequencing.
  • We have top-class imaging facilities including confocal laser scanning microscopes for 3D live-cell imaging.
  • Other facilities include marine and freshwater aquaria, glasshouses, and an electrophysiology suite. 

A biodiverse campus

Our leafy campus is home to a wealth of species of plants and animals.

  • Our campus provides plenty of fieldwork opportunities for whole-organism biology.
  • We are also close to extensive areas of natural habitat and sites of national scientific importance such as Windsor Great Park, Box Hill and Chobham Common.

High employability

90 per cent of our graduates are employed or in further education within six months of graduating.

Our Careers Liaison tutor and central Careers Service help prepare you for finding a job after graduation through workshops, in-house surgeries, careers fairs and opportunities to meet past graduates. Our alumni work in diverse areas including:

  • forensic medicine
  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology
  • clinical trials coordination
  • medical research
  • environmental monitoring
  • practical conservation

Flexible, supported learning

Our flexible degree structure allows you to keep your options open.

  • You can change your course within the ‘organismal’ or ‘molecular’ portfolios right up to the start of the second year subject to capacity.
  • Our high staff-student ratio means we can offer teaching in small groups, even one-to-one when the need arises. This makes for an exceptionally friendly and welcoming environment

Scholarships and bursaries

Opportunities to get involved

We host numerous outreach activities that rely on the support of our students who in turn gain experience for their cv.

  • Put your science communication skills into practice by running our hands-on activities for families and school groups at Royal Holloway Science Festival in the spring term.
  • Help organise our Rare Disease Day event. The largest such event in the UK, we invite hundreds of school pupils and members of the public onto campus to showcase our research into novel therapies for rare diseases.
  • Participate in our Passport Award Scheme, which awards you points for the completion of a range of activities, such as volunteering, tutoring or educational support.  

Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences






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