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Biology Degrees: Graduate

Today biology is often referred to as part of a wider group – the biological sciences or ‘biosciences’. This phrase reflects the large range of subject areas that may be included, from genetics and genomics to pharmaceuticals and plant sciences.

As this brief list suggests, biology is a subject with the potential to make a real difference to people and planet – whether it’s by contributing to the development of a new vaccine or diagnostic technique, finding ways to increase crop yield in infertile regions, or developing new sources of bio-energy. For more information about studying biological science at graduate level, please click on the three tabs below.

Key Skills

Common skills gained with a biological sciences degree include:

  • General laboratory skills, including how to use laboratory equipment
  • Ability to confidently analyze and draw conclusions from complex data sets, and general analytical skills
  • Teamwork and strong communication skills, through group projects and seminars
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • An understanding of scientific literature and how to use it
  • Initiative and independence
  • An awareness and insider’s understanding of ethical issues and commercial contexts relevant to scientific research
  • Numeracy and technology literacy
  • Presenting findings in written and spoken form, to an acceptable academic standard; report writing and presentations
  • Framework for lifelong learning