Our School of Life Sciences trains the biologists of the future.
From biomedical scientists who help diagnose disease, to marine biologists who see first-hand the impact of climate change, a life sciences degree can set you up for a rewarding career in your field of interest.
At Essex we know that choosing the right degree can be hard. Do you go for biochemistry or biomedical science? Why should you pick the BSc Marine Biology over BSc Biological Sciences? How do you choose between genetics and human biology?
To help with this our School offers a wide range of specialist modules, giving you an opportunity to try other areas of interest. This means that if you suddenly discover a new passion for a different area of life sciences, you may be able to change your course. And if you choose a broader degree, such as our BSc Biological Sciences, then our module choices mean you can still specialise in an area of interest such as ecology and conservation.
We get you ready for future employment by embedding the skills you need in our courses. Throughout your time with us you’ll have opportunities to apply for work experience placements, take part in paid and volunteer opportunities on campus, and join field trips across the UK or abroad. All of these possibilities enhance your skills, and can go on your CV as examples of your passion and commitment to your life sciences interests.
Whatever the future holds, the science of life has a place in it.
"I really enjoyed studying medical microbiology at Essex. By this point I realised that I wanted to study medicine, and the way this course was run really held my attention. I also found immunology and cancer biology to be very interesting, and all of these have been incredibly useful and relevant for my current course. I'm now on the MBBS Graduate and Professional Entry Programme at King's College London. If I hadn't been at Essex, I wouldn't have realised how much I loved human biology. There was a particular staff member who helped me become more resilient, confident, and independent, things which are essential in medicine, and I will be eternally grateful to her."
"I am currently in my first year of studying Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and I’ve recently completed a two-week placement in ophthalmology in Whipps Cross Hospital. Studying biomedical science at Essex gave me a great foundation of knowledge which underpins so much of what I am now learning in medical school – having studied biochemistry, genetics and microbiology has all been useful."