Biology is the scientific exploration of the vast and diverse world of living organisms.
Biology has expanded enormously within recent years, revealing a wealth of knowledge about ourselves and the millions of organisms on our planet.
Learn modern lab techniques, participate in research field trips, develop employability skills and explore the most recent developments in the field. At Essex, you will study integrative biology, which covers the breadth of biology from molecules and cells, to whole organisms and ecosystems - giving you a solid foundation across biological sciences. There has never been a more exciting time to be a biologist.
"The amount of fieldwork the degree offered amazed me. With the University I travelled to Portugal, Indonesia and Greece! I also had the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of modules, from marine biology topics to biomedical science topics. I spent my Placement Year working in both Barcelona and Greece, and it has been an enriching and fulfilling experience that has improved my personal and academic skills."
In addition, we collaborate with a number of academic departments from across the University including social sciences and humanities.
Our research covers a wide range of areas, allowing the opportunity for developing novel ideas and inter-disciplinary projects. Our research is also supported by modern, well-equipped facilities managed by trained technicians and research officers.
"I’ve always been interested in the environment, and Essex specialises in the areas I’m most interested it: conservation, ecology and marine biology. After a decade of working I decided to return to education to pursue a more fulfilling and worthwhile profession, and I definitely haven’t regretted it. Now I’m studying for a PhD in environmental biology, which I wouldn’t have been able to do without the support of my undergraduate dissertation supervisor, personal tutor, and the Employability and Careers Centre, who assisted me with my application."
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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.