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From student to experienced Fellow, find out which of our membership grades is right for you.
Take our quick quiz to find out which membership grade is right for you.

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Are you a school or college student aged 14 – 19 interested in biology?

BioNet membership is the most appropriate membership grade for you.

Are you studying for a BSc in a biology-related subject?
Student Affiliate membership is the most appropriate membership grade for you.

Have you graduated from a degree in a biology-related subject and have had 0 - 3 years relevant work experience?
Associate (AMRSB) membership is the most appropriate membership grade for you.

Note: You must have been awarded a degree containing at least 50% biology in the final two years of study. Those who can demonstrate equivalence through other education or training can also apply.

Do you hold a degree in a biology-related subject and have more than 3 years relevant post-graduate experience?
Member (MRSB) membership is the most appropriate membership grade for you.

Those who can demonstrate equivalent education or training can also apply. Applicants that fulfil the requirements for the AMRSB grade of membership and then complete 2 years of our Continuing Professional Development scheme (50 credits per year) can also apply.

Note: Time spent undertaking full-time bioscience related postgraduate study is included as relevant experience towards the MRSB grade of membership. 

Have you made a prominent contribution to the advancement of the biological sciences, and gained more than five years’ experience in a position of senior responsibility?
You may be eligible to apply for Fellowship (FRSB).

Your contribution could be in the practice and application of biological science; teaching biology and curriculum development; managing a team of professionally qualified biological scientists; or concerned with the senior management, direction or commercial activities of organisations in which the application, study, research or advancement of biological science is of major importance.

Have a keen interest in the life sciences but don’t work in the life science sector or have any formal life science qualifications?
Affiliate membership is the most appropriate membership grade for you.

Are you retired, or 65+?
You are eligible for life membership.

Life members are able to take advantage of the benefits of being a member without the requirement to pay future annual subscriptions. As a life member, you will be making a life long contribution to the advancement of the biological sciences for the benefit of all. Please contact us if you would like to become a life member.

Life Fellowship (FRSB) £940

Life Membership (MRSB) £660

Current members of the Society can take advantage of a 10% discount on our life membership fees if they have been a member for 10 or more years, and a 20% discount on our life membership fees if they have been a member for 20 or more years.

Current members wishing to transfer to a higher grade

Providing your subscription is up to date, current members only need to pay a £15 administration fee to apply to transfer their membership to a higher grade. Your new subscription rate will become due on the renewal date following your election. The £15 transfer fee is waived for students wishing to transfer to the associate (AMRSB) grade.

If you are eligible to transfer to a higher membership grade please contact us so that we can process this for you.

These guidelines indicate the criteria for our membership grades. All applications are considered on an individual basis.


We take a broad view of biology and encompass those working in all areas of the science of life, from molecules, through whole organisms, to ecosystems; we therefore use the terms biologist, life scientist, bioscientist and biological scientist interchangeably.

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