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What are the best universities for Biology?

21 Nov 2018 - Barni Homden

Biology is one of the major sciences, and is crucial to the understanding of all life. The subject is incredibly broad in its scope — for example, Cellular Biology breaks down the study to the molecular level, while Botany is the study of plants, and Zoology allows you to focus on both animals and the wider ecosystems in which they live.

A Biology degree can open up a fascinating world of scientific study, and address the need for graduates in important fields such as conservation and medical research. That's why we've compiled this list of the best universities for Biology degrees in the UK and the USA.

So, what are the best universities in the UK for Biology?

The UK is home to many prestigious universities, with a history of scientific research dating back 100s of years. Some of our partner universities are among the UK's best universities for Biology degrees, with a reputation of excellent teaching and research.

The University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is well known for its strength in the sciences, and is also ranked an impressive 10th in the UK for Biosciences (Guardian University Guide 2020).

A red brick university and member of the research-intensive Russell Group, it is highly regarded for its academic prowess. This means that a Biology degree from Birmingham will be highly valued by employers.

With Kaplan, you can related degrees such as Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science and Human Biology at the University of Birmingham, at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

University of Bristol

The prestigious University of Bristol also enjoys an impressive ranking for Biology, and is currently 12 the in the UK for the discipline (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

The University is also the UK's 2nd most targeted university by top employers (High Fliers Research 2019), so a Bristol Biology degree is a fantastic first step towards a successful career.

The University also offers you a wide range of biology-related degrees, from Biochemistry and Biology to Cancer Biology and Immunology & Medical Microbiology. Many of these degrees also include an optional year in industry. Bristol therefore represents a fantastic choice for students looking to gain practical experience during their degree.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is also a great choice for students interested in Biology. It ranks 17th in the UK for the subject (Guardian University Guide 2020). Plus, it too offers a wide array of Biology-related degrees.

Some of your degree choices include Animal Biology and Zoo Biology, making Nottingham Trent a particularly good option for students interested in wildlife, ecology and conservation.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is highly regarded in the field of Biology, ranking 17th in the UK in the subject (Complete University Guide 2020).

One of Scotland's "ancient universities", Glasgow is a member of the Russell Group, and well-known for its scientific research. It is also an excellent choice if you're interested in pursuing a career in clinical practice or research — available degrees include Anatomy, Clinical Genetics, Infection Biology, and Medical Genetics and Genomics.

University of York

The University of York is an excellent UK university for Biology, which ranks 6th in the country in Biosciences (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

With high-quality teaching and facilities, York offers degrees such as Biotechnology and Microbiology, or Molecular Cell Biology.

York also offers Biology students the opportunity to spend a year in industry, or in Europe, during their degree. This extra practical experience will also help make you more attractive to employers!

Best universities for Biology in the USA

The United States also has a strong reputation for Biology. Many top-flight US universities are well-known for their high-quality work in the field.

Arizona State University

For example, Arizona State University has a global reputation in the field. Under the wider area of Life Sciences, it ranks a very impressive 98th in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2019).

Based in metropolitan Phoenix, ASU is the USA's largest public university, with over 100,000 students from all over the world. You'll also be at the cutting-edge of education at ASU. It has ranked number 1 in the USA for innovation for the last 5 years (U.S. News Education 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)!

Some of the Biology degrees you can study at ASU include Applied Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Plant Biology and Conservation.

Pace University

Pace University carries out extensive research in the field, and has received considerable investment in its Science facilities and labs.

Biology graduates from Pace also generally enjoy high starting salaries of around $53,000. This is on par with those of the most selective Ivy League schools in the country!

Enrol on a degree at Pace and you can study Biochemistry, Biological Psychology, or Biology.

How to enter a UK or US university

If you want to study at one of the best universities for Biology, Kaplan can help. You can gain entry to a top UK or US university through a pathway course. It might be the first step towards a successful career, and into the scientific discoveries of the future.

Kaplan offers exceptional study options for international students interested in Biology. Find Biology degrees in the UK or Biology degrees in the USA using our degree finder.


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