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Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biology
with a Sandwich Year

Discover Biology as the science of life and shape a sustainable future.
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2024

Course overview

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. At Kent you'll gain the skills, knowledge and support to help build a better tomorrow.

You study living organisms and their interactions with the environment, investigating life forms ranging from viruses and bacteria to complex animals and plants. You’ll learn from inspirational academics working at the cutting-edge of research with access to fantastic facilities.

Sandwich year

Tailor your degree to suit you with a sandwich year where you’ll work in industry for a year, giving you the chance to put into practice the skills you’ve learnt and build important connections. Taken between your second and final years, the sandwich year provides an excellent opportunity to gain relevant work experience in industry in the UK or abroad. During your placement you are paid by your employer and produce an independent research project.

Why study Biology at Kent?

Focus on your future.

You have the chance to take a paid Summer Studentship after your second year, giving you valuable hands-on experience in our research labs.

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Accredited courses

The School of Biosciences has added to its impressive array of professional recognition, with Society of Biology.  

Student experience.

Professor Dan Mulvihill explains the benefits of studying Biology at Kent.   

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World-class facilities

Regular investment in our laboratories ensures you learn in a world-class environment.

Life-saving research.

Kent researchers are helping to tackle Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), one of the biggest killers in young athletes.

Everything you need to know about our Biology course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
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The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You’ll gain an insight into key biological disciplines, including anthropology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolution, genetics, infection and immunity, microbiology, and the physiology of animals and plants. Your skills will develop as you gain expertise in laboratory practical work and the analysis and presentation of biological data.

How you'll study

Teaching includes lectures, laboratory classes, workshops, problem-solving sessions and tutorials. You have an Academic Adviser who you meet with at regular intervals to discuss your progress, and most importantly, to identify ways in which you can improve your work further so that you reach your full potential.
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Industry-standard environment

Our well-equipped laboratories provide an excellent environment for teaching and research.

Your future

Graduate with an excellent grounding in scientific knowledge and extensive laboratory experience. During your studies, you’ll also develop key transferable skills in research, critical thinking, analytical abilities and problem solving.

Our dedicated Careers and Employability team are here to support you with a range of workshops to develop your skills and confidence at every stage of your degree. Plus there’s advice and support to prepare you for placements and life after you graduate from Kent.

Employability boost
"I spent three days a week working at a pathology company in Kent. It’s been great to realise that I can actually do what I’ve been training to do."

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £22,700
  • International
    £22,700

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

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