Life Sciences class in the lab

Key facts

Total expected intake

Biochemistry/Biotechnology: 160 (2022 entry)
Biological Sciences: 160 (2022 entry)

Applications : Admissions ratio

Biochemistry/Biotechnology: 9 : 1 (based on 2020 entry data)
Biological Sciences: 7 : 1 (based on 2020 entry data)

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th in the UK

Why choose Life Sciences at Imperial?

Imperial’s Department of Life Sciences comprises one of the largest most renowned life science groups in Europe.

This means we can offer you a broad study programme, including areas like entrepreneurship and commercialising technology – as well as access to outstanding research facilities like tissue culture suites and specialist equipment for genomic and cell biology studies.

We embrace the full breadth of modern life science activity, and our internationally leading research programme is grouped around themes that currently include molecular mechanisms of disease, evolutionary biology, infection and immunity, plant biology and microbiology, as well as both systems and synthetic biology.

We are also involved in major cross-College initiatives in bioenergy, synthetic biology, infectious disease and climate change, and have cross-institution links with the Francis Crick Institute, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and the Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility.

Our outstanding facilities for teaching and research include a state-of-the-art biological imaging centre, a flow cytometry centre, stem cell culture rooms, pathogen manipulation suites, and world-class equipment for biological mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance and x-ray crystallography.

You’ll also have the flexibility to start following your own career path, whether by studying overseas, taking a year in industry or research, or studying management or a language as part of your course

Where could your degree take you?

Many of our graduates go on to study for a higher degree in the field, typically starting with a Master’s degree, followed by a PhD and a career in academic research or industry. Other opportunities for Life Sciences graduates include government and industrial research, public health, and careers in business.

Recent graduates have become...

  • Bioinformatics Data Analyst, Multinational healthcare company
  • Senior Associate, Management consulting firm
  • Co-founder, Biochemical startup
  • Pharmacy Technical Officer, NHS
  • Senior Analyst, Medical communications and health economics agency

Explore our courses

Biological Sciences courses

Three-year courses (180 ECTS):

Four-year courses (240/270 ECTS):

Four-year courses with Language for Science (270 ECTS):

* Apply initially to BSc Biological Sciences (C100)

Biochemistry courses

Three-year courses (180 ECTS):

Four-year courses (240 ECTS):

Four-year courses with Language for Science (270 ECTS):

* Apply initially to BSc Biochemistry (C700)

Biotechnology courses

Three-year courses (180 ECTS):

Four-year courses (240 ETCS):

Four-year courses with Language for Science (270 ECTS):

* Apply initially to BSc Biotechnology (J700)

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your student visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.