How to apply for a Biological Sciences degree
How to apply
All applications to study Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway must be made through UCAS. When we receive your UCAS application form we carefully read your personal statement, academic reference and academic performance to date. Offers will be made based on the information on your UCAS application and any offer we make will be one we think you can realistically achieve. We do this so that if you accept our offer, it's likely you'll obtain the requirements and be spared the clearing process.
Once we have made an offer, we'll invite you to an Applicant Visit Day. We understand that some candidates, especially from overseas, may not be able to attend an Applicant Visit Day.
What happens on Applicant Visit Days?
We run an interactive day for candidates, designed to give you a real idea of what life is like here. We show you the campus and School of Biological Sciences, give you a presentation about our teaching and research, and have you take part in a laboratory exercise. The latter is not assessed and is intended to be informative and fun! Finally, you'll have a short meeting with a member of academic staff where you can discuss your particular scientific interests and also ask questions about the degree programme. Parents and relatives are welcome to attend this day - there is a special presentation for them.
If you cannot attend any of our applicant visit days, but would still like to see the School before you make a decision, you're welcome to attend one of the College's Open Days.
Taking a gap year
We're happy to accept applicants who wish to defer entry for a year. We will consider you for entry in the normal way and if you meet the conditions of our offer, we will guarantee your place for the following year. Alternatively, you can apply during your gap year, having already obtained your results.
Most of our degrees are available to study part-time over six years. Part-time students apply directly to the College, not through the UCAS system.
Every student has a right to have their application considered seriously, fairly and efficiently. You're entitled to a selection procedure that operates fairly for all applicants regardless of ethnic or religious background, age, gender or sexual orientation and which takes account of special needs to the extent that the College's resources allow.