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Masters Degrees in Biology in the UK

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Biological Sciences MPhil, PhD

Swansea University United Kingdom

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PGCE Secondary (Science with Biology) PGCE

Bishop Grosseteste University United Kingdom

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Conservation Biology MSc

University of Derby United Kingdom

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Anthropology of Food MA

SOAS University of London United Kingdom

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Oral Biology MSc

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) United Kingdom

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Cancer Biology and Immunology MSci

University of Aberdeen United Kingdom

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Wild Animal Biology MSci

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) United Kingdom

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Stem Cell Biology PG Dip

Ulster University United Kingdom

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Chemical Biology DPhil, MSc

University of Oxford United Kingdom

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Biochemistry and Cell Biology MRes

University of Nottingham United Kingdom

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Zoo Conservation Biology MSc

University of Plymouth United Kingdom

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Biology MSci

Lancaster University United Kingdom

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Science with Biology PGCE

Leeds Trinity University United Kingdom

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Biological Sciences MSc by Research

Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom

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PGCE Biology - Secondary Education PGCE

University of Cumbria United Kingdom

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Study a Biology Masters in the UK in 2024

The study of living organisms, biology covers a wide range of topics. These topics include humans, animals, plants, as well as the world in which they are contained. The science of biology helps us to understand how we have developed over the years, and how our habitat has adapted with the human race.

An undergraduate degree in biology will cover the basic foundation of the science discipline, before exploring the more complex and developed concepts. You will study modules on genetics, physiology and cell biology, among others.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical and laboratory sessions. These sessions will allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence your career choices once you have completed your course. Common specialisations include:

  • Human Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Integrative Biology

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation, this will give you the opportunity to further research a favoured area of biology.

The accreditation of your degree will depend on your choice of institution. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or an integrated Master of Biology (MBiol).

Depending on your institution, your course might be accredited by a professional or academic body for biology. For example, in the UK, some biology degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Generally, you can expect an undergraduate degree in biology to take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate certificate or diploma.

Biology graduates will have many career options available to them. Roles include bacteriologist, microbiologist, research scientist and biological scientist, among many others. If you choose to continue your studies, other opportunities may become available, such as teaching and clinical trial administrator.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

See our detailed guide to studying in the UK for international students.

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