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The best options for studying biological science

Published: Saturday, 18 July 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Science subjects are rapidly growing in popularity due to the diverse range of career options available, with students scrambling to find the best courses.

Biological sciences students can takes on roles in research or human resources, as well in pharmaceuticals or bio bank managing.

These roles often command relatively high salaries and are highly sought-after, which can make opting for the best university so much more important.

According to the Complete University Guide, some institutions stand out from the rest when it comes to their biology courses, which are ones listed here.

1. Cambridge

The University of Cambridge tops the pile as 86% of its graduates are in employment or further education within six months of leaving university.

While the entry standards for the courses are high – an average of 648 UCAS points – the university has been rated as the best course for nine consecutive years.

A wide range of subjects fall under the biological sciences classification at Cambridge, including natural sciences, education, medicine and veterinary medicine.

2. Oxford

The University of Oxford also has a reputation for producing successful scientists and job prospects are also good – 78% of graduates find employment quickly.

Interestingly, many biological science graduates from Oxford branch out into other sectors, including medicine, law and finance, suggesting they learn a broad set of skills.

3. Imperial College London

Biological science at Imperial is popular as it mixes two years of biochemistry, biology or biotechnology, with a year in business school.

Course choices are diverse and the additional skills help to prepare graduates for a career in nearly any related sector – 79% find work or additional education within six months.

4. University of York

Many biological science degrees focus on flexibility and York is no different – highlighted by the fact nearly three quarters of graduates find work within half a year.

Options for industrial placements or a year at a European University help to diversify the course further, preparing students for a number of different workplaces.

5. University of Durham

With 76% of graduates finding work after the course, the University of Durham takes fifth place in the list.

The course is broad during the first two years while a focus on personal research in the third year helps to put the skills learnt previously into practice.

Other top performing institutions for biology courses include the Universities of St Andrews, Sheffield, University College London, Exeter and Bath, which complete the top ten in that order.

Grad Plus has a wide range of graduate jobs and other options for people looking to put the skills learnt at university to good use

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