There are many biological based degrees, including Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Marine Biology, Forensic Biology and more.

The “best” universities for studying Biology are as follows, grouped a little by geography, but in no particular order otherwise.


  • The North: Durham, York, Lancaster, Sheffield, Manchester
  • The Midlands: Nottingham, Birmingham, Warwick, Leicester
  • Oxbridge: Oxford, Cambridge
  • London: Imperial, King’s College
  • The South: Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Surrey


  • Cardiff


  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • St Andrews
  • Dundee

It is worth visiting the universities to get a feel for the area and courses available.

Many universities offer a 4-year degree with a year in industry to allow students to gain vital skills in their field and to increase employability.

Joint honour courses provide flexibility as you get to specialise in two areas. Popular combinations are Biology and Psychology as well as Biology and Geology.