Biology is the science of life and is at the forefront of social change, from the use of genetically-modified organisms to humanity’s effect on the environment, sustainable energy and food production. Study Biomedical Science, the fundamental building block of medical practice, or the way living organisms function at molecular level, from viruses and bacteria to humans, plants and other higher organisms with a Biochemistry degree.
  • 100% of impact case studies submitted in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 were assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our vision

We aspire to be recognised for delivering world-class research and teaching excellence in the natural sciences, transforming our society through our innovative and interdisciplinary research, and educating our students to enhance and improve the local and global community.

At Kent, academics, researchers and students are all part of the same close-knit scientific community. We welcome staff and students from all over the world and have a strong commitment to equality and diversity within everything we do. Together we create success.

Professional accreditation

Our Biomedical Science BSc is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology.

Our Biochemistry BSc and Biology BSc are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Why study Biosciences at Kent?


We are committed to helping you to make the best possible start in your career.

All our undergraduate programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year on a work placement (sandwich year), which is a great way to boost your employability prospects by putting your learning into practice and making contacts in industry.

The subjects have a specialist employability and placements team who help you with valuable internship and training opportunities.

The School also benefits from having close working relationships with KMMS (Kent and Medway Medical School) and the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. These links allow our students to utilise the facilities for practical sessions, such as live video surgery.

I wanted some help getting work experience over the summer and they (the employability team) pointed me in the direction of a few websites that advertise jobs. The Employability Festival opened my eyes to other career avenues.

Przemyslaw Wieckowski Biomedical Science with a Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Inspirational teaching

Our world-leading research feeds directly into our teaching; our courses provide cutting-edge content and you learn about the latest breakthroughs in scientific research. We use a range of teaching methods, from traditional lectures and laboratory classes to hands-on work.

Our emphasis on problem solving and laboratory work allows you to develop a confidence that can extend well beyond your studies, allowing you to tackle new and unfamiliar challenges. This aspect of our teaching has proved to be popular with many employers and we have an outstanding record for graduate employment.

The School has achieved national and international recognition for providing high-quality teaching and all our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the relevant professional bodies, ensuring you have excellent job prospects. 

Research excellence

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2022, 100% of our submissions were rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. This sees an increase in its overall GPA to 3.24 from the previous REF in 2014.

Our research groups attract funding from sponsors including Horizon2020, the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, the Gates Foundation and UK research councils. We also have joint projects with a wide range of companies, research institutes, other universities and the NHS. 

Our research benefits all our students and we offer many opportunities to take part, for instance, final-year undergraduate or postgraduate research projects, summer internships, or by joining the lab apprenticeship scheme. 

State-of-the-art facilities

At Kent, you have access to the most up-to-date resources and can gain hands-on experience in our laboratories.

Learn more about our facilities.

biosciences equipment

Support for equality and diversity

In Biosciences, we are working hard to create a welcoming, supportive and diverse community for all our staff and students. We are committed to supporting all staff and students to develop their skills and realise their potential more effectively, to the benefit of everyone. 

You can find more information on the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity homepage.

Great location

Biosciences is based on our Canterbury campus with its first-class academic and leisure facilities. We are equipped with the latest resources and our beautiful setting offers plenty of tranquil spaces to study and relax.

Everything you need on campus is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, bank, cinema, theatre, a medical centre and a pharmacy. You can go off campus to explore the city's medieval buildings, historic pubs and an array of shops; visit the seaside towns of Whitstable, Margate or Broadstairs with their beautiful beaches, or head to London, just an hour away by high-speed train. 

Students by Canterbury Cathedral