Why Choose Herts?

  • Excellent research-informed teaching across the portfolio of Biosciences subjects, including Biomedical Science, Biological Science and Pharmacology, with research quality ranked in the top 38%, 41% and 62% of UK Universities respectively. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 87% of the research submissions from the University of Hertfordshire were classed as World leading or Internationally Excellent in Unit of Assessment 3.
  • All our degree courses have accreditations with the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) providing you with a recognised skill set as you move forwards in your career as a graduate. Our Biomedical Science course is also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). This means that on successful completion of your degree, you will have the academic requirements to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a biomedical scientist in the NHS, subject to completion of a registration training portfolio during or after your studies.
  • Interactive and engaging teaching delivered by academic staff with experience of research, the NHS and industry.

In addition, all our bioscience degree courses benefit from a common first year where students study physiology and pharmacology, molecular biology and genetics, core biochemistry and cell and microbiology. This allows you to explore each bioscience pathway before specialising in your chosen degree subject (biochemistry, pharmacology, biological sciences or biomedical science) in your second year. This means if you have applied for biochemistry but develop a passion for pharmacology after first year studies you can switch degree courses. Switching to biochemistry, however, requires a good pass in core biochemistry and/or a pass in the optional first year module, Chemistry for Biologists.

In our ‘Practical and Transferable Skills’ module we provide a high level of practical classes to equip you with a broad range of practical lab skills across all of the bioscience disciplines.

Throughout your degree course you will engage closely with academic staff via fortnightly tutor meetings. By studying with us, you will boost your employability prospects and increase your project planning and research skills via a final year laboratory-based project.

You will be supported throughout your degree by dedicated tutors for academic skills e.g., guidance with academic writing, citation/referencing and statistics.

Stand out from the crowd. The University of Hertfordshire can offer you placement and year abroad opportunities, the latter can be for study or a lab-based placement. Our dedicated placement tutor will help you navigate through your application for placement or study abroad in your second year of study. Placement and study abroad are optional and are undertaken in your third year.

Modern facilities

Our state-of-the-art Science Building provides excellent biosciences laboratories and a dedicated bioscience and chemistry teaching lab.

Research laboratories provide facilities for our research work in a range of areas including:

  • microbiology
  • biochemistry
  • molecular biology
  • cell biology
  • bioinformatics

Explore a range of facilities in the School of Life and Medical Sciences

Bioscience staff

See a list of our staff