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Why study with us?

Whether it's the opportunity to participate in courses led by world-class academics, the chance to fit your studies around your work and life commitments, or the challenge of taking a non-conventional route to higher education, over 2,300 students chose to study with us in 2012/13.

We're recognised for excellence in teaching and learning

  • We receive consistently high ratings for our teaching from students and visiting examiners. We incorporate a wide range of teaching methods and learning strategies in our programmes. Our research infrastructure is excellent; state-of-the-art in our key areas of research: nanomachines, protein crystallography, biophysics and computational biology.


We offer evening study at a central London location

  • We are London's leading university for part-time evening study. Your daytime responsibilities don't have to get in the way of your educational ambitions because almost all our taught programmes take place in the evening.

    You can study for a BSc degree over three, four or six years, or a Master's degree over two years, and gain a universally recognised University of London qualification. We’re based in central London in Bloomsbury (WC1) with major cultural and academic locations within a short walk, bus or tube ride. We’re also easy to get to after work – How to find us.

We have a great choice of courses

  • Students of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities choose to study with us. They may be starting with one of our certificate courses, or pursuing undergraduate studies or further research at postgraduate level. Find out which course is best for you.

    We also have distance learning courses, which we've been delivering for more than 20 years, and many students from around the world have used them to develop their professional skills and experience.

You'll have opportunities to work with world class academics

  • Researchers in the department engage in world-class research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) Biological Sciences were 11th based on Grade Point Average (GPA) and 4* papers (4* indicates world leading research). Their joint submission with UCL was 3rd nationally for research power (GPA multiplied by the joint FTE).

    We organise frequent seminars and symposia which allow top researchers and lecturers from other leading institutions to share their work with our students. We're part of both the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), a multidisciplinary centre for world-class research, and the Bloomsbury Centre for Bioinformatics (BCB).

We have flexible entrance requirements

  • Some of our best students have come to us through unconventional study routes. Even if you don’t have ‘A’ or ‘O’ levels we'll consider your application if you’re over 21, providing you have a genuine interest in science and a commitment to study it at university level. Find out more about course entrance requirements on the prospectus pages for each course. (Which course should I choose?)

We give you the support you need

Our students go on to a wide range of careers