The Open University
Biology (R58) BSc (Hons)
The Open University

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Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Biosciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Biosciences at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £30000 £23500 £25500
25-75 percentile range £23000 - £39000 £17000 - £33000 £17500 - £35000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Biosciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £22375 £26273
25-75 percentile range £19489 - £26022 £16894 - £27526 £20699 - £33736

Course Description

Our biology degree is for those inspired by the natural world. Studying with the OU will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the foundations of life and biological processes involved. Explore diverse subject areas from the cellular and molecular levels to whole organism survival. Biology encompasses all living species, explaining their diversity via evolutionary origins. It defines their anatomy and structure, describes their physiology and behaviour, and provides scientific rationales for their habitat requirements and ecosystem interactions.

Key features of the course

  • Gain a contemporary understanding of a range of biology subjects with study of the scientific method throughout.

  • Develop biological data handling, some statistical analysis and technical report writing, presentation and IT skills.

  • Undertake practical work through home and field investigations, as well as virtual and remote experiments using our award-winning OpenSTEM Labs.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Biology (R58) BSc (Hons) at The Open University

15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
15% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Teaching Professionals
5% Process, plant and machine operatives
5% Elementary occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Natural and social science professionals
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Engineering professionals
5% Medical Practitioners

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Biology (R58), BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.

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About The Open University

The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.

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Where is this programme taught

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