Congratulations on securing your place to study biosciences at Manchester! We're delighted that you've chosen us for your studies.

We know you'll have lots of questions about preparing for your studies and what will happen once the semester starts. You can find information relating to your level of study at the links below.

Welcome message from the Head of School

First of all, I would like to congratulate you on securing your place at Manchester. As we continue to feel the effects of the pandemic, we recognise that all of our offer holders have shown incredible resilience over the last year or so in getting to this point in your educational journey. Well done!

Whichever course you're starting this September, you'll benefit from high-quality teaching, a wide range of sources of support, and encouragement to follow your passion as you take the next step towards achieving your goals.

In the School of Biological Sciences, we are looking forward to returning to face-to-face on-campus teaching for all our students. For our undergraduate students, all our tutorials and practical classes will be delivered face to face.

Lecture units will comprise a mixture of online resources and weekly teaching sessions. In these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the topics that you cover each week in your courses, engage in discussion with teaching staff, and participate in question-and-answer activities.

This format of teaching will help you engage more deeply with your course and help you to develop the critical analysis skills that will become increasingly important as you progress through your degree.

You will be assigned an academic who will also be your tutor in year 1. Your academic advisor will meet with you once or twice a semester to discuss how you are progressing and mentor you throughout your degree.

For our postgraduate students, activities where students and lecturers are present at the same time, such as workshops and seminars, will also be used to dive deeper into the subject material. They will also provide opportunities for question-and-answer sessions, to perform practical work in our research laboratories, and have in-depth discussions with our academics and researchers – so our on-campus seminars and other classes are more interactive, with greater student participation.

The last year has been difficult and we of course care deeply about the welfare and learning of every one of our students. We have an excellent student support network in the School of Biological Sciences which includes your programme director, senior advisors, and a dedicated student support team, and we encourage you to contact these services to help resolve any problems that might arise during your degree.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in September. We encourage you to explore the resources available on our Welcome website to help you prepare for starting your course, and to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Congratulations again on your achievement, and we'll see you soon!

Professor Judith Hoyland
Vice-Dean, Head of School of Biological Sciences