Department profile

School of Life Sciences

University of Warwick
2021/22 edition

About School of Life Sciences

The University of Warwick is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and here in the School of Life Sciences we focus on excellent teaching and research with impact. The School is ranked 5th in the UK for Bioscience (The Guardian 2020) and second in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research (REF 2014).

At the forefront of research and teaching in Life Sciences, the School is home to internationally recognised research scientists and high-quality facilities. We are ranked 62nd in the world (QS World Rankings 2020) and are a diverse department with students and staff from all over the world studying and working together.

Our research falls into four themes: Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Environmental Bioscience and Plant and Crop Science. This research impacts across a broad range of areas, particularly in crop improvement and protection, biosensing and early medical diagnoses, ageing, animal health, earth biosystems, pollution and environmental genomics.

Masters courses

A taught Masters course offers detailed study in Life Sciences, allowing you to develop specific skills for your future career. We have an 89% overall student satisfaction rating (PTES 2018). Our interdisciplinary Biotechnology and Business Management MScs offers a great opportunity to combine Life Sciences with Business study.

If you love science yet have an entrepreneurial spirit and are not sure whether to go into academia or industry, this course will help you identify your strongest qualities. It will give you a broad vision of the sector at different levels, from R&D to commercialisation

Jamie Garcia Sanchez-Cervera MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management

Future career prospects

Our taught masters programmes provide:

  • Specialist in–depth knowledge in areas of current relevance
  • Interdisciplinary knowledge, so broadening career choices and options
  • Vital transferable skills including team working, communicating with peers and sector specialists, logical reasoning, innovation, organisation and planning and report writing and oral presentation.
  • A foundation for a specific career or a career change
  • Skills to prepare for a PhD

As a result, our graduates are sought-after for their interdisciplinary understanding and experience and many go on to careers in a wide variety of industries including large pharmaceutical companies, governmental agencies, regulatory bodies, start-ups and numerous small to medium businesses around the globe. A significant percentage of our graduates go on to complete a PhD. Our careers page provides further information and student careers at the University of Warwick’s provides wide ranging support for current students and alumni.

Obtaining this MSc has opened up so many career opportunities for me.

Joe Collins MSc Sustainable Crop Production

Facilities and support

We provide our students with a distinctive learning environment with modern lecture rooms and work spaces. Our facilities include 120 iMacs and the BioMed Grid, an innovative learning environment with digital multimedia. Elsewhere on campus there is the very popular Postgrad Hub.

We support our students with a personal tutor and mentor system throughout their time with us. Warwick’s Centre for Applied Linguistics offers a pre-sessional language course and, in addition, we offer further dedicated language support to help our students achieve their full potential.

The best thing were the people. Professors and lecturers were approachable whenever we needed any help. Classmates were from all around the globe

Matej Sokol MSc Medical Biotechnology and Business Management

Our campus home

Situated in the heart of England, Warwick has an award winning campus with a mix of tranquil green areas, lakes, university buildings and additional facilities such as supermarkets, shops, banks, restaurants, bars, the largest Arts Centre outside London and a new world-class sports hub opened in April 2019. London is just one hour away by train and Birmingham International airport is only a 20 minute drive.


The University of Warwick’s postgraduate accommodation includes campus postgraduate halls of residence, partnership accommodation in Coventry and managed off campus housing in the local area. Warwick Accommodation manages the process and provides support at every stage.

How to apply

To make an application to one of our postgraduate courses, please apply online. Applications for international students are open until the end of July but scholarships are awarded much earlier so early application is encouraged.

Fees and funding

For October 2020 entry, tuition fees are as follows:

  • UK/EU: £9,460
  • Overseas: £27,160

SLS Excellence Scholarships are for high achieving students and award a 50% fee reduction to five chosen students.

For information on other funding opportunities please visit the Life Sciences funding web page.

Visit us

If you are interested in finding out more about studying Life Sciences and experiencing life at our university, you can attend an Open Day, arrange a drop-in visit or why not join us for a Live Chat.

Contact details

+44 (0) 24 7657 4995
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