BSc Ecology (with a Year Abroad)


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Join our internationally renowned School of Biological Science, with 100% of research recognised as ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). UEA is an ideal place to study Ecology. It’s in a region with a diverse range of habitats and has one of the largest teams of ecologists and evolutionary biologists in the UK (Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation).

The year abroad – which is spent in either Australasia, Europe or North America – will also allow you to broaden your personal horizons and gain a new perspective on your subject.

Our school has world class academics and some of the best facilities in the country. The majority of learning takes place in lectures, seminars, lab classes and fieldwork, providing you with invaluable contact time with lecturers. You will also receive specialist teaching from two of our affiliated institutes, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and the British Trust for Ornithology.


Ecology is the study of how organisms behave, evolve, and interact with their physical and biological environments. It seeks to provide the basis for understanding life’s diversity, abundance, and distribution of organisms.

This single honours programme is recognised as one of the finest and most comprehensive in the country, allowing you to study the richness of the biosphere and how it is affected by human activities like climate change, pollution and the destruction of natural ecosystems. Furthermore this degree programme allows you to spend your third year in Australasia, Europe or North America with one of our university exchange partners, providing you with a great opportunity to combine your studies with the experience of study overseas.

The School of Biological Sciences brings together one of the largest teams of ecologists and evolutionary biologists in the UK in the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Academics from the Schools of Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and International Development teach the core modules of our ecology programmes, with additional tuition carried out by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. You will also receive specialist teaching by the staff of our two affiliated Institutes, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and the British Trust for Ornithology, amongst other local organisations.

Our unique research opportunities also provide an unrivalled opportunity for studying population biology, conservation and related topics, ranging from the molecular genetics of populations, plant science and animal behaviour, to environmental management and environmental aspects of economics and politics. Furthermore UEA is based in a region with a diverse range of habitats, which provides great opportunities for field-based final year projects. You are also given the chance to participate in optional field courses in East Africa in the final year.

Course Structure

This is a four year course, which introduces you to key concepts of ecology through seminars and practical work in the first year. Throughout your second and final years you will begin to specialise and tailor your degree programme to suit your interests, thanks to the increasingly varied module options. The third year is spent studying abroad with one of our exchange partners.

First Year
Your first year of study introduces you to key concepts in the study of ecology, including biodiversity, evolution and behaviour. You will take part in seminars, workshops and field trips in order to carry out numerical analysis.

Second Year
During your second year, alongside the core modules, you will have the chance to select optional modules in order to begin tailoring your studies according to your developing interests. 

Third Year (Study abroad)
After maintaining a good standard of academic performance during the first and second years of your degree programme, you will spend your third year of study with one of university exchange partners in Australasia, North America or Europe. We take into account your field of interest and placement preferences, and do our best to place you at the university of your choice.

Final Year
Specialisation continues in your final year, with a list of up to fourteen modules to choose from, including Biodiversity to Social Evolution. You will also undertake a substantial independent Ecology research project relating to your academic interests.

Study Abroad

With our Biological Sciences and Ecology degrees we offer you the option to spend a year of your studies abroad - in Australasia, Europe or North America.

Going to a university in another country will allow you to experience other cultures and by going to departments where different aspects of the biological sciences are taught, you can really broaden your academic and personal horizons.
To take a year abroad you must maintain a good standard of academic performance during the first and second years of your degree programme. In placing you at your overseas university we take into account your field of interest and do our best to place you at the University of your choice.


Since September 2002, we have been exchanging student to Australasia We currently exchange with many institutions, including the University of Sydney, Murdoch University near Perth, Western Australia, and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In addition to transport costs, living costs and medical insurance, Students are required to pay 15% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their year abroad, and we cover the Australasian fees via the exchange agreements.


Our longest standing year abroad programme offers students the chance to study at a range of European universities. We currently have exchanges with the Universities of Marseille and Nice in France, Tuscia (Viterbo) in Italy, the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. 

Students who wish to study at a European university will be required to have achieved a GCSE grade B or above in the language of instruction for the year abroad.

Students on a European exchange programme will be expected to pay 15% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their year abroad, and we will pay the fees of the European university.

North America

We also have a number of reciprocal exchange agreements with universities in North America. In the United States, our many partner universities may be found in Arizona, California (all major campuses), Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri and Oregon to name but a few. Our current Canadian partners are in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. In addition to transport costs, living costs and medical insurance, students on a North American exchange programme are required to pay 15% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their year abroad.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits


An introduction to the evolution of the major groups of microorganisms, plants and animals. The module considers structural, physiological and life-cycle characteristics of these organisms. It charts the development of life on land and interprets evolutionary responses to changing environments. Students on this module are strongly advised to also take BIO-4008Y or BIO-4010Y.




This module introduces the main ideas in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology and ecology. It concentrates on outlining concepts as well as describing examples. Specific topics to be covered include the genetical basis of evolution by natural selection, systematics and phylogeny, the adaptive interpretation of animal sexual and social behaviour, ecological processes and population biology.




What are the most pressing environmental challenges facing the world today? How do we understand these problems through cutting-edge environmental science research? What are the possibilities for building sustainable solutions to address them in policy and society? In this module you will tackle these questions by taking an interdisciplinary approach to consider challenges relating to climate change, biodiversity, water resources, natural hazards, and technological risks. In doing so you will gain an insight into environmental science research 'in action' and develop essential academic study skills needed to explore these issues. Please note that ENV students, BIO Ecology students, NAT SCI students and SCI Foundation Year students can request a place on this module, however priority will be given to ENV students. Please note that non-ENV students wishing to select this module must obtain a signature from their advisor confirming that he/she will agree to mark the independent essay component of the module assessment in the spring semester (this must be done within the first two weeks of the autumn semester by sending an email to the module organiser (Dr. Mark Chapman) copied to the HUB at: ).




A programme of field trips to a range of habitats will introduce students to local biodiversity and landscapes and give practice in useful techniques of project planning, data collection and analysis. Small group seminars and essay writing are used to introduce a variety of ecological concepts and scientific writing styles.




The aim of the module is to provide a broad range of teaching relating to skills students will need as biologists and in future employment, including a working knowledge of mathematics and statistics, and skills relating to information retrieval, structuring writing and arguments, data analysis, team work, presenting work verbally and visually and an appreciation of the role of ethics in science. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO YEAR 1 STUDENTS. THIS MODULE IS NOT AVAILABLE TO VISITING/EXCHANGE STUDENTS.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


Striking a balance between societal development, economic growth and environmental protection has proven challenging and contentious. The concept of `sustainability' was coined to denote processes aiming to achieve this balance. This module introduces sustainable development, and examines why sustainability is so difficult to achieve, bringing together social and ecological perspectives. It also explores sustainability from an ecological perspective, introducing a range of concepts relevant to the structure and functioning of the biosphere and topics ranging from landscape and population ecology, to behavioural, physiological, molecular ecology, and biodiversity conservation at different scales. This module is assessed by coursework and an examination.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module introduces the major community concepts and definitions, before looking in some detail at community patterns and processes including: species interactions; energy flows and productivity; and the hierarchy of drivers influencing community assembly, structure and diversity. Progression through these topics culminates in a macro-ecological perspective on community patterns and biodiversity. Throughout the module, there is an emphasis on the relevance of ecological theory and the fundamental science to the current environmental and biodiversity crisis. Anthropogenic impacts on natural communities through land-use, non-native species and pathogens, and climate change, are a recurrent theme underpinning the examples we draw upon.




Students explore the ecology of moorlands, bogs, sand dunes, rocky shores, estuaries and woodlands. Students should develop skills in identifying plants and animals using scientific keys, carrying out quantitative surveys and statistically analysing their data. Strong emphasis is placed on student-lead project work. The bulk of the teaching takes place on a two week field course in Western Ireland, that runs immediately before the start of the Autumn Semester.




We live in a human dominated era recently designated "the Anthropocene". Humans harvest more than half of the primary productivity of the planet, many resources are over-exploited or depleted (e.g. fisheries) never before it was so important to correctly manage natural resources for an exponentially growing human population. It is, thus, fundamental to predict where other species occur and the sizes of their populations (abundance). Population Ecology it is an area dedicated to the dynamics of population development. In this module we will look closely at how populations are regulated, from within through density dependent factors and, from external density independent factors. We start the module with a global environmental change perspective to the management of populations and the factors that affect the population size. We then extend these ideas to help us understand population properties and processes both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Finally we examine several management applications where we show that a good understanding of the population modelling is essential to correctly manage natural resources on the planet. Practicals will be based on statistical or modelling projects and will provide a strong training in both subject specific and transferrable skills.



Students will select 40 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


An analysis of how chemical, physical and biological influences shape the biological communities of rivers, lakes and estuaries in temperate and tropical regions. There is an important practical component to this module that includes laboratory work and three field visits. The first piece of course work involves statistical analysis of class data. The module can be taken alongside hydrology or geochemical modules, it fits well with other ecology modules and can fit well with modules in development studies. Pre-requisite requirements are: An A-level in a biological subject, a biologically biased access course or any 1st year ecology module in ENV or BIO. Students must have a background in basic statistical analysis of data. Lectures will show how the chemical and physical features of freshwaters influence their biological communities. Students may attend video screenings that complement lectures with examples of aquatic habitats in the tropics. To do well in this module, students need to show that they can use primary literature to illustrate or contradict ideas introduced in lectures: There will be one formal session that shows how to do this. Practical work is an important part of this Module and is an opportunity to develop skills in taxonomy mainly using microscopes, chemical analysis of freshwaters, field observation, working in small groups, mini-lecture presentation, writing a research proposal and statistical analysis of ecological data. If interested in a career in ecology, the usual route is via a higher degree (Masters or PhD), for which a first or 2:1 is needed. This might lead into research or management work, either in an academically orientated environment or in industry. An alternative path is via casual or voluntary work leading ultimately into conservation or management, but bear in mind that many committed and keen people follow the same route and competition for permanent and paid jobs can be intense. There are also opportunities to enter relevant employment directly after graduation. The Environment Agency, which is responsible for the management, monitoring and legal regulation of many aspects of freshwater, estuaries and coastal waters, is a potential employer. Consulting engineers and many multinational companies have environmental departments that tackle aquatic projects. For this type of work, students might combine ecological modules with management options, or with more physical sciences such as soils, hydrology, hydrogeology, water resources, oceanography and environmental chemistry. Careers in international development on the natural resources side may also benefit from a background in freshwater science.




In this module, the interrelationships between animal behaviour, ecology and evolution will be explored. Students will examine how behaviour has evolved to maximise survival and reproduction in the natural environment. Darwinian principles will provide the theoretical framework, within which the module will seek to explain the ultimate function of animal behaviours. Concepts and examples will be developed through the lecture series, exploring behaviours in the context of altruism, optimality, foraging, and particularly reproduction, the key currency of evolutionary success. In parallel with the lectures, students will design, conduct, analyse and present their own research project, collecting original data to answer a question about the adaptive significance of behaviour.




This module is for students on relevant courses in the Schools of BIO, ENV, DEV and NAT. NOTE: There will be a significant additional cost to this module to cover the costs of transportation and accommodation in the field. Costs will be detailed at an initial meeting for interested students and clearly advertised. Conservation ecology and biodiversity are central areas of research in the biological sciences and they share many theories, concepts and scientific methods. This module intends to take a practical approach to the commonalities in these areas using a combination of seminar work and fieldwork. The seminars will develop ideas in tropical biology and students will research issues affecting conservation of biodiversity in the tropics, considering the species ecology and the habitats, threats and challenges. There will be a significant component of small group work and directed, independent learning. The field component of this module will be a two week residential field trip to the tropics, one of two field sites (depending on numbers of students and availability).The field sites are run by expert field ecologists and during the two weeks we will explore the local environment, learn about the ecology of the landscape and about the species that inhabit the area. We will develop and run practical sessions on survey and census techniques, use of technology in modern field biology and the role of protected areas in species conservation. Students will conduct original research on the field trip, informed by prior research at UEA, to gain a deeper understanding of an aspect of tropical biology. There will be an assessed presentation on the field trip and many opportunities to develop the students own interests. All student participants will take an active role in the organisation and running of the module in order to gain project management and field logistics experience. Students will be responsible for the procurement, storage and transport of field equipment on the way to the field site and of samples on the return to the UK. Students will gain experience of travelling to a remote area and of working through licensing and customs processes. At the end of the module a report is written on the field project in the style of a journal article addressing specific questions in ecology conservation or biodiversity. Throughout the module students will be expected to maintain a modern-media record of their project from the initial desk based work at UEA, through the field component to outcomes and reporting.




This module investigates the principles of evolutionary biology, covering various sub-disciplines, i.e. adaptive evolution, population ecology, molecular and population genetics, speciation, biogeography, systematics, and finishing with an overview of Biodiversity. This module will enable you to understand, analyse and evaluate the fundamentals of evolutionary biology and be able to synthesise the various components into an overall appreciation of how evolution works. Key topics and recent research will be used to highlight advances in the field and inspire thought. Weekly interactive workshops will explore a number of the conceptual issues indepth through discussions, modelling and problem solving.




Pre-requisites: Students must have taken BIO-4003A and either BIO-4001A or BIO-4004B to take this module. A broad module covering all aspects of the biology of microorganisms, providing key knowledge for specialist Level 6 modules. Detailed description is given about the cell biology of bacteria, fungi and protists together with microbial physiology, genetics and environmental and applied microbiology. The biology of disease-causing microorganisms (bacteria, viruses) and prions is also covered. Practical work provides hands-on experience of important microbiological techniques, and expands on concepts introduced in lectures. The module should appeal to biology students across a wide range of disciplines and interests.




This module aims to provide an appreciation of modern plant biology with an emphasis on development, signalling and response to the environment. It consists of practical classes and lectures. It encompasses molecular genetics, molecular, biochemical and physiological perspectives, and affords an understanding of aspects of plant and plant cell function including photosynthesis and the mechanisms by which plants perceive and respond to biotic and abiotic environments.



Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module aims to provide an understanding of the themes and principles of physiology and a detailed knowledge of the major human organ systems. Topics include: Information transmission by the nervous system and the integrative processes of the spinal cord and brain; Reaction to the environment through perception of external stimuli by sensory receptors, including the eyes and ears; The muscular and skeletal systems, including muscle contraction and its control, bones and joints; Respiration, gas transport, blood circulation and heart function; Kidney function in excretion and in water and mineral homeostasis; Nutrition and the digestive system; The endocrine system and its role in human disease. A central principle in physiology is the concept of homeostasis. An understanding of how disease affects the ability of organ systems to maintain the status quo is an important part of this course.




This module will combine lectures, practicals, seminars and fieldwork to provide students with an appreciation of the soil environment and the processes that occurs within it. The module will progress through: basic soil components/properties; soil identification and classification; soil as a habitat; soil organisms; soil functions; the agricultural environment; soil-organism-agrochemical interaction; soil contamination; soil and climate change.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


Candidates on these degree courses undertake a full academic year of approved study at a specified Australian or New Zealand University.




Candidates on these degree courses undertake a full academic year of approved study at a specified European University.




Candidates on these degree courses undertake a full academic year of approved study at a specified University in North America.



Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits


THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS ON ECOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAMMES. Students design and undertake an independent research project under the supervision of staff members from the Centre for Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation (CEEC). Students may choose to conduct fieldwork in the summer preceding the 3rd year or during the school year.



Students will select 40 - 80 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


The global biodiversity crisis threatens mass species loss. What are the implications for society? How can communities solve this problem in a world that is facing other challenges of climate change, food security and justice? This inter-disciplinary module focused on the interactions between biodiversity and human societies is designed for students of Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology and International Development who have an interest in biodiversity. The module adopts a rigorous evidence-based approach. Classes first critically examine the human drivers of biodiversity loss and the importance of biodiversity to human society, to understand how underlying perspectives and motivations influence approaches to conservation. We then examine conflicts between human society and conservation and how these potentially can be resolved, reviewing institutions and potential instruments for biodiversity conservation in both Europe and developing countries. Although particularly relevant to Ecology students with an interest in biodiversity conservation, the module is also suitable for Environmental Science or Geography students who have not taken ecological modules; where a simple understanding of ecological principles is important to understanding material, these will be reviewed in class. There are no formal pre-requisites. The module is particularly relevant for students who have previously taken one or other of: ENV-5014A Population Ecology and Management; ENV-5002B Environmental Politics and Policy Making; BIO- 5014B Community, Ecosystem and Macro-Ecology; or DEV-5013Y Natural Resources and Development. At Level 6 it is complementary to: ENV-6012B Natural Resources and Environmental Economics; ENV-6024B Science, Society and Sustainability; or DEV-6005B Contemporary Issues in Resource Development and Conservation.




This module examines the microbial processes that underpin our dependence on the marine environment for 'services' such as climate modulation and nutrient regeneration. The module will cover the evolution, biodiversity and molecular ecology of bacteria, diatoms, coccolithophores and nitrogen fixers, and the physiology and distribution of zooplankton. Example ecosystems such as the Antarctic, mid ocean gyres and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems will be studied in detail and predictions of the impact of environmental change (increasing temperature, decreasing pH, decreasing oxygen, and changes in nutrient supply) on marine ecosystem dynamics will be examined. Biological oceanographic methods will be critically evaluated. The module will include a reading week in week 7 and employability visits to the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS).




In this module, students will study evolutionary theory and its application to conservation genetics. The principal focus will be on how evolutionary forces (mutation, recombination, genetic drift, gene flow, and selection) and epigenetics affect phenotype, behaviour, and genetic variation. We will cover the rich evolutionary literature, discussing the paradigm-shifting studies by Darwin, Fisher, Wright, Haldane and others. The module also covers current knowledge of molecular technology as applied to ecological, evolutionary and conservation studies.




The object of the module is to examine, from a evolutionary and ecological perspective, the complex interactions between parasites/diseases and their hosts and to show how the selection pressures that each side of these interactions impose lead to coevolutionary processes. We will take an overview of the role that such parasitic interactions may have played in the development of key biological traits, such as the evolution of sexual reproduction, and their current role in sexual selection. The module will include traditional parasitology (to set the scene and understand the complexity of the interactions), introducing the major groups of parasites and their hosts. We will examine the role of parasites and host-parasite interactions in evolution, drawing examples from conservation, behaviour, current research, theoretical predictions and models.




This module brings an understanding of how science is disseminated to the public. Students on the module will be made aware of the theories surrounding learning and communication. They will investigate science as a culture and how this culture interfaces with the public. Students will examine case studies in a variety of different scientific areas. They will look at how information is released in scientific literature and how this is subsequently picked up by the public press. They will gain an appreciation of how science information can be used to change public perception and how it can sometimes be misinterpreted. Students will also learn practical skills by designing, running and evaluating a public outreach event at a school or in a public area. Students who wish to take this module will be required to write a statement of selection. These statements will be assessed and students will be allocated to the module accordingly.



Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


Have you ever wondered why human economic activity seems to be so bad for the environment? Does it have to be like that? Is it possible for human beings to enjoy high standards of living and a high quality environment? Through the study of the principles of Environmental Economics this course sets out to answer those questions. Addressing a wide-range of economy-environment problems including car pollution, over-fishing, climate change and declining oil stocks, the course shows that most environmental problems can be solved through the adoption of policies crafted with the careful application of economic reasoning.




Life is organised hierarchically. Genes aggregate in cells, cells aggregate in organisms, and organisms aggregate in societies. Each step in the formation of this hierarchy is termed a major evolutionary transition. Because common principles of social evolution underlie each transition, the study of altruism and cooperation in nature has broadened out to embrace the fundamental hierarchical structure common to all life. This module investigates this new vision of social evolution. It explores how principles of social evolution underlying each transition illuminate our understanding of life's diversity and organisation, using examples ranging from selfish genetic elements to social insects and mammals.




What do you know about the drivers of climate change? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the greenhouse gas that has, by far, the greatest impact on climate change, but how carbon cycles through the Earth is complex and not fully understood. Predicting future climate or defining 'dangerous' climate change is challenging, in large part because of this complexity. In this module you will learn about the atmosphere, ocean and land components of the carbon cycle. We cover urgent global issues such as ocean acidification and how to get off our fossil fuel 'addiction'. The complexity of the carbon cycle leads to a truly inter-disciplinary module, incorporating elements of chemistry, ecology, physics, mathematics and geography. We also consider several human dimensions such as: how to 'decarbonise' the UK; geoengineering the climate; how to deal with climate denialists; how to verify greenhouse gas emissions; and the policy relevance of the carbon cycle. The understanding of the carbon cycle gained from this module is an important foundation for all climate change studies. Emphasis is given to the most recent, cutting-edge research in the field.



Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Note that you may select no more than 20 credits of Level 5 modules to enrol on during your Stage 3 studies.

Name Code Credits


This module will examine the development of the English countryside from late Saxon times into the seventeenth century. Topics covered will include the archaeology and landscape setting of castles, monasteries, parish churches, vernacular buildings and deserted settlements, alongside an examination of 'semi-natural' landscapes including ancient woodland, wood-pastures, heathland and moorland. The module will allow you develop practical skills in the analysis of earthwork plans, building surveys and historic maps both in seminars and on field trips.




This module will examine the development of the English landscape from early prehistoric times to the late Saxon period. We will examine the field archaeology of the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, discuss the landscapes of Roman Britain, and assess the nature of the Roman/Saxon transition. We will then investigate the development of territorial organisation, field systems and settlement patterns during the Saxon and early medieval periods. The module provides an introduction to the theory and methods of landscape archaeology, as well as giving a broad overview of the development of society, economy and landscape in the period up to c.1100.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Biology or ABBB including Biology. Science subjects require a Pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Biology at 6 and one other HL subject at 6
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Biology. Other Sciences at Advanced Higher level would confer an advantage
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB at Higher Level including Biology and one other science subject.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject.
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall, including 70% in Biology

Entry Requirement

A level Biology is required for this course.


General Studies and Critical Thinking at A-Level are not acceptable.


You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE.


You will also be required to have GCSE grade B or Grade 5 in the language of teaching in your chosen country if studying in Europe. 


UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2 


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.




How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

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International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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