Which? uses cookies to improve our sites and by continuing you agree to our cookies policy

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
Icon pencil

What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry, plus a Pass in the practical element of both subjects General Studies and Critical thinking A-levels are not accepted At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Scottish Highers

Subjects to include Biology and Chemistry

Scottish Advanced Highers

Subjects to include Biology and Chemistry

BTEC Diploma

Distinction, Distinction in Applied Science and grade B in A-level Chemistry or Biology. Alternatively, Distinction, Distinction in Health and Social Care and grades BB in A-level Chemistry and A-level Biology. A Pass is required in the practical element of all Science A-levels taken. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

5,5,5 at Higher Level including Higher Level Biology and Higher Level Chemistry, with a minimum of 32 points overall.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
Icon docs

Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

To gain a profound understanding of how living things function, grow and reproduce we must refine our focus to the molecular level. Studying Molecular Biology at Royal Holloway, University of London will give you an insight into the molecular mechanisms that control all life processes on Earth. This flexible programme focusses on the co-ordinated expression and interaction of genes and their products, before giving you the chance to tailor your studies in years 2 and 3 with a selection of optional modules including Evolution, Developmental Biology, Climate Change and Cell and Molecular Neuroscience. You’ll study at our state-of-the-art School of Biological Sciences, where a recent £16 million investment has helped to provide specialist equipment for mass spectrometry, bioinformatics and gene and protein sequencing. Gain laboratory experience across the three years, joining our renowned research culture in year three as you complete your individual research project alongside our expert academics. The School of Biological Sciences was ranked 25th in the UK for influential research output by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Develop your interest in Molecular Biology and you’ll graduate with a range of transferrable skills that will make you an attractive prospect to employers in a variety of fields. School of Biological Sciences graduates have gone on to find careers in fields including forensic medicine, medical research and pharmaceuticals, and Molecular Biology will give you a robust skillset to take into your chosen career. Gain skills and knowledge to take into a variety of sectors, from medicine to food production to environmental management. Use our state-of- the-art facilities, with £16 million recently invested in equipment for bioinformatics, mass spectrometry and protein and gene sequencing. Take part in world-class research led by renowned academics, with 76% of our Biological Sciences research ranked world-leading and internationally excellent. Join a close-knit and supportive learning community with a high staff-to- student ratio. Gain invaluable transferrable career skills including practical laboratory experience, data handling and time management skills.


Core modules Year 1: Principles of Molecular Bioscience, Living Systems - Animal and Plant Physiology, Cell Biology and Genetics, Biochemistry - Molecular Basis of Life Year 2: Cell Biology, Applications of Molecular Genetics in Biology, Protein Structure and Function, Molecular Biology Year 3: Applications of Advanced Molecular Biology Methods, Cell and Molecular Biology of Cancer, Functional Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics, Molecular Basis of Inherited Disease, Individual Research Project A range of optional modules is also available. For further information please refer to the Degree Programme Library at https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/docs/dpl/home.aspx

Royal Holloway, University of London

Founders building

Royal Holloway has one of the most beautiful campus settings in the UK - including the historic Founder's building at the centre of student life and modern academic and social facilities all within easy reach of London. Beyond the buildings there are acres of woodland and open spaces. Over 2,600 Royal Holloway students participate in 100 clubs and societies offered by the students' union.

How you'll spend your time

Sorry, we don’t have study time information to display here

How you'll be assessed

Sorry, we don’t have course assessment information to display here

What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

Icon bubble

What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 96%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
60% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
338 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
60% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
18% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
Icon ribbon

What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are caring personal services


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.
Carousel arrow left Carousel arrow right
Get all the advice
Expert tips for uni - straight to your inbox
Free to students, teachers and parents
Sign me up
Follow us