Impatient to understand the world?
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. At Essex, you will learn modern lab techniques, participate in research field trips, develop employability skills and explore the most recent developments in the field. 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.
The research being conducted by members of staff and research students in our School of Life Sciences covers the whole spectrum of biology from genes, proteins, and cells through to whole organisms, communities, and entire ecosystems. We employ a range of state-of-the-art techniques covering all the biological sciences including biochemistry, biomedical science, environmental microbiology, marine biology, ecology, statistics, and computational approaches for biologists.
"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."
We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.