Undergraduate Courses

Biology

The Biology degree course at Oxford is jointly run by the Department of Zoology and Department of Plant Sciences. It covers all aspects of biology ranging from molecular and cell biology through to disease, ecology, and behaviour.

The Biology degree here at Oxford is an integrated four years Masters course. This MBiol course covers all aspects of biology ranging from molecular and cell biology through to disease, ecology, and behaviour.

In the first year, students follow a general curriculum focusing on organisms (plant, animal, microbial biology), cells and genes (molecular biology) and ecology and evolution. In the second and third year, students follow more specialized options. In the fourth year, students join a research group and complete a Masters-level research project through this final year.

At the department level, the curriculum is taught through lectures and practicals. Modules within the MBiol degree has a compulsory practical component and high emphasis is placed on developing practical skills and understanding the role of research in Biology. At St Peters, tutorial teaching is organised to compliment the departmental teaching. In year 1, these tutorials start broad before focusing on specific topics. In years 2 and 3, tutorials map on to the more specialised options.

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The course at St Peter's

Biology is a core subject at St Peters. We offer (on average) 4 places each year. Historically, Malcolm Coe was the tutor for biology for almost 30 years, and we have a distinguished set of biology alumni and honorary fellows, including Kurt Jackson (renowned landscape artist), Graham Bell (Professor of Evolutionary Biology at McGill University in Montreal), and Sir Charles Godfray (Director of the Martin School, here in Oxford).

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