Important information

Please note: this Biology course has been changed since the Undergraduate Prospectus was printed. The course structure has changed, and there is now the opportunity to study for a fourth year and graduate with a Master's degree (MBiol), in addition to the existing BA degree.

If you are applying to start in 2019 please use the following link:

If you already have a place to start the Biological Sciences course in 2018 please use the following link:

Biology at Oxford

Oxford University has a world-wide reputation in Biology for both teaching and research. With our undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences we are continuing to build on this reputation, continually fine-tuning our courses and teaching methods, and striving to provide the best opportunities and facilities for undergraduate training. The course is taught jointly by the Departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology.

The course incorporates modern developments and makes full use of Oxford’s major research expertise in animal and plant sciences, and utilising links with government and national research organisations in Britain and throughout the world. We believe that by combining our teaching with this resource of world-class scientific research we can offer a degree course which is second to none and we are exceptionally proud of our award of maximum points (24 out of 24) in our last Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) assessment.

These pages will show you about the course, the facilities and opportunities that we can offer at Oxford and how to go about applying to the Biology course.

Will I be shortlisted for interview?

Each year, we receive many more applications to read Biology than the number of places we can offer, and so we cannot interview everyone who applies. We therefore shortlist applications with the aim of interviewing those who display the greatest potential as biologists in their UCAS form. So, if you have achieved a strong run of GCSE grades (or equivalent), by which we simply mean one of the top sets of grades within your own school, and you have a deep interest in Biology, then we will want to see you at interview. However, please ask your teacher to put your grades in context in their UCAS reference, and do tell us about your scientific interests in your personal statement.

We take account of the full range of information available to us at shortlisting, including information about school performance and on any specific factors affecting achievement. So if you think you meet our admissions criteria then it is always worth applying. And, if you've already taken your A-levels (or equivalent), we will usually interview you if you have met our standard offer and also display the deep interest in Biology that we always look for.

Open Days

Open Days will be held on the following days:


Open day poster

  • Wednesday 27th June, 2018
    Department of Plant Sciences
  • Thursday 28th June 2018
    Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  • Friday 14th September 2018
    Oxford University Museum of Natural History


  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019
    Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  • Thursday 4th July 2019
    Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  • Friday 20th September 2019
    Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Mock interview

A recording of a mock interview carried out during the June open days is available on the Interviews page.

Contact Us/Come and See Us

If you have any more questions after looking at our website then please feel free to contact us and/or come to see us at one of our Opens Days (you can download the poster and the course brochure from the menu on the left).

If your school or college would like us to come to talk to a group of you, then we would be only too happy to arrange a visit with an informal presentation.


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