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Biology courses

Discover more about the fascinating biological world all around you.

The Open University provides a range of biology modules and qualifications, whether you want to expand your subject knowledge or develop and change your career.

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BiologyDegrees 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Stage 3120 credits
Total of 360 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 6 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 3 years


BiologyDiplomas 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Total of 240 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 4 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 2 years


BiologyCertificates 

Stage 1120 credits
Total of 120 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 2 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 1 year

Why study Biology with The Open University?

Join other OU undergraduate students to discover and benefit from our long-established, quality distance-learning teaching. We also use innovative technologies to provide a supported and varied learning experience. Study biology with us, and you’ll:

  • Explore and develop your knowledge of biology subjects and applications while developing your scientific skills.
  • Undertake home and field investigations, and virtual experiments delivered through our award-winning OpenSTEM Labs.
  • Design and undertake a small research project.
  • Further develop your fieldwork and practical skills through optional short residential schools.
  • Become an adaptable graduate with transferable skills highly valued in scientific and non-scientific job markets.

Careers in Biology

Study Biology with The Open University, and you’ll develop the scientific problem-solving, analytical, investigative and communication skills many employers require. You’ll be able to apply your new knowledge and skills in many different areas and fields of work.

Our range of courses in Biology can help you start or progress your career in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Biotechnology and bioinformatics
  • Environmental policy and management
  • Scientific and medical sales
  • Research or postgraduate study
  • Teaching
  • Veterinary, agriculture and medical-related fields

Looking for something other than a qualification?

The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

See our full list of Biology modules

All Biology courses

Browse all the Biology courses we offer – certificates, diplomas and degrees.

See our full list of Biology courses