Biology is an exciting and rapidly developing subject area with great relevance to addressing global challenges from disease and poverty to biodiversity loss and climate change.This expansion has been accompanied by a blurring of the distinctions between disciplines: a biologist with an interest in tropical plants may well use many of the tools and techniques that are indispensable to a molecular geneticist.
The modular structure of the Biology course offered at the University of Oxford encourages a cross-disciplinary approach. The options system in the second and third years allows students to study either a general background encompassing a comprehensive range of topics, or specialise in detailed aspects of animals, plants, cells or ecology.
While more than a third of Oxford biology graduates go on to further study such as a research doctorate or postgraduate course in an applied field, over half embark on a professional career after graduating in areas as diverse as conservation, industry, finance, medicine, media, teaching or the law.
Hannah, now a research assistant at the Royal Veterinary College, reports: ‘My degree gave me a keen interest in my subject and the skills to pursue it. So far I have tracked rhinos across deserts, chased birds across oceans, and am currently working with chickens!’ After graduation, Jenny spent several years in a medical communication agency environment and now has her own business, working directly with major global pharmaceutical companies.
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- Diversity of life
- How to build a phenotype
- Ecology and evolution
- Genomes and molecular biology
- Cell and developmental biology
- Behaviour and physiology of organisms
- Ecology and evolution
- 36 months
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DisciplinesBiology View 658 other Masters in Biology in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A-levels: A*AA –Biology is required and the A* must be in a science or Mathematics (see the full list of subjects in which an A* grade will be acceptable)
- Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
- IB: 39 (including core points) with 7 in HL Mathematics or a science
- Candidates are required to have Biology and either Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent.
International36065 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 36065 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
EU/EEA9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
Islands (Channel Islands & Isle of Man) £9,250
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