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BSc Biology with Science & Society / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
3 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades AAA-ABB.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher Level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

650/4500 (Overall data for biological and biomedical undergraduate courses at The University of Manchester)

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of Manchester's biological and biomedical undergraduate courses. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

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Course description

Do you want to see biological sciences as part of society? This course is designed for students who want a broad biological course, but who also wish to set the biosciences in their contemporary social context.

You will receive a wide range of training from staff at our world-renowned Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine . Our staff's specialisms include the critical history and social implications of genetics, evolutionary theory, biomedical sciences and modern medical practice.

You will explore the changing social, ethical and political dimension of biological sciences, while also developing research, writing and communication skills. If you like science, but you also like humanities and social studies, this is the course for you.

Both our science media projects - where you produce a portfolio of communication materials that could include a scientific article or a podcast - and our science communication placements through which you could spend a year working in an organisation that communicates science (such as a medical writing company or a museum) provide a wealth of opportunities for you to stand out from other graduates in this field.

This course provides transferable skills in reading, research, writing, analysis and presentation and is therefore an excellent basis for non-laboratory-based science careers such as management, museum work, science communication or science policy work.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year.

Open days

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the biological and biomedical sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases.. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+44 (0)161 275 5456
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Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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