You'll usually need a science degree. For jobs in industry or research, you may also need a postgraduate qualification like a master's degree or PhD.
Relevant degree subjects include:
- chemical and molecular biology
- microbiology genetics
- molecular biology
During your degree course, you may be able to get experience of working in a laboratory through a Summer Vacation Studentship.
Some universities also offer a science foundation year as part of a degree if you have not studied science subjects to the level needed.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study