School of Biological Sciences


Undergraduate courses


BSc (Hons) Accredited

Develop your understanding of biochemistry and have the opportunity to do a week-long intensive practical in genetic engineering taught by expert staff.

Study mode: full time


BSc (Hons) Accredited

Our BSc Biology course provides the knowledge and skills to support your passion for the living planet and build a career in this vital field.

Study mode: full time

Marine Biology

BSc (Hons) Accredited

Develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to play an active and positive role in the future of marine study and conservation.

Study mode: full time

Postgraduate courses

Applied Aquatic Biology


Draw on the University's broad industrial links and extensive research activities to expand your own research interests of aquatic ecosystems and the marine environment.

Study mode: full time



This Master's course in biotechnology equips you with advanced theoretical and practical knowledge, opening doors to a wide variety of career opportunities.

Study mode: full time | part time



An excellent opportunity to join an active research team and develop your science career.

Study mode: full time | part time

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate research at Portsmouth provides opportunities to work with research teams on a range of projects from molecular to whole organism biology, with many active collaborative projects between the groups and with external institutions. 

We run PhD, MPhil and MRes programmes, either on full or part-time basis. For a full range of postgraduate research opportunities, please visit the Graduate School's Postgraduate Research page. Potential applicants can also informally discuss projects with individual academics - contact details can be found on the School of Biological Sciences staff page.


We are in partnership with a wide range of UK and international academic establishments, meaning you can study for your University of Portsmouth degree in a variety of locations across the globe. View our list of courses and providers.

See below for collaborative courses within the School of Biological Sciences.

University Centre Sparsholt 

University Centre Sparsholt Hampshire is one of the leading providers of university level courses for the land and environment with a heritage spanning more than 100 years.

  • BSc (Hons) Animal Management
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour
  • BSc (Hons) Aquaculture and Fishery Management
  • BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation Management
  • BSc (Hons) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
  • BSc (Hons) Equestrian Performance Management
  • BSc (Hons) Equine Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Horticulture with Plantsmanship and Design
  • BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology

For more information and how to register, please visit the University Centre Sparsholt website.

  • FdSc Animal Management and Applied Science
  • FdSc Ecology and Conservation Management
  • FdSc Equestrian Performance Management
  • FdSc Equine Studies 
  • FdSc Horticulture with Plantsmanship and Design 
  • FdSc Marine Ecology and Conservation 
  • FdSc Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture 
  • FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science 
  • FdSc Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
  • MSc Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries 
  • MSc Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training
  • MSc Applied Zoo Biology