You'll need a good honours degree, usually 1st or 2:1, in a science subject related to your area of interest. Most research scientists then go on to study for a postgraduate qualification like a PhD.
Integrated postgraduate master's qualifications such as MSci, MBiol, MPhys and MChem can also be studied at university. These courses incorporate more independent research and are designed to lead directly onto further study at PhD level.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study