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:

Why Oxford?

Many UK universities offer excellent Biology courses. We at Oxford firmly believe that we are one of the best, and that we also have many features that combine to produce a "value added factor" which is hard to beat. The fact that Oxford is the oldest university in the country may not be so important (though it may impress one or two), but the sheer quantity and quality of libraries, museums, reference collections, societies (scientific, sporting or just odd), and so on is arguably unsurpassed elsewhere. The collegiate system is not unique, but it does provide an immense amount of care, support, encouragement and sense of belonging, and the joint college/departmental tutorial teaching process, though maybe daunting at first, means that Oxford graduates are extremely well prepared for life after university.

As in many other British universities, Biology at Oxford is taught through the media of lectures, practicals (lab and field) and classes or seminars. The difference here is the emphasis on your developing your own ideas by reading the research literature as well as text books, and as students progress to the second and third years, their abilities to critically review and comment on both scientific literature and more controversial current affairs is finely honed.

In addition, every undergraduate is a member of a college, under the personal guidance of a college tutor (a Tutorial Fellow), who is also usually a lecturer in the Departments of Zoology or Plant Sciences, and an active research scientist. Your tutor takes a keen interest in your welfare and intellectual development, directing your studies to ensure that you get the best teaching from other specialists in your chosen subjects. Your tutor will guide you in your choice of topics and reading material, and you write an essay each week, which is discussed in detail during tutorials.

At the end of the day, if you are interested in studying biology at university, as long as your teachers, tutors or advisors think that you have the potential to get in, why not give us a go? Please note that every application to Oxford is considered very carefully on an individual basis, and we take great pride in being able to select the most suitable people.

For more information on the facilities available to you as a result of studying Biology at Oxford, please follow the menu links.

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