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Study biological sciences abroad

An in-depth guide to studying biological sciences as an international student.

Biological sciences degrees abroad

Biological science is a broad and flexible program where students study the science behind life. It encompasses several specialist disciplines, including biochemistry, genetics, ecology, and microbiology.

As a biological science student, you’ll put animals, plants, and microorganisms under the microscope. You’ll explore their lifecycles, habitats, and adaptations, as well as getting to grips with their molecular and cellular make-up. The laboratory techniques and research capabilities you’ll gain will be sure to attract the attention of future employers.

Studying overseas is a wonderful chance to break out of your comfort zone and discover more of what the world has to offer. Not only will you come face-to-face with native species and exotic landscapes, but you’ll also encounter new cultures and ways of life.

Biological sciences program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in biological science require at least three years of full-time study, but your course will last four years if you complete an industry placement. Sandwich years help you put what you’ve learned into practice and give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

If you plan to earn your bachelor’s degree in the US, you’ll also study over four years. Most US universities follow the liberal arts model of education, meaning you’ll take two years of general education classes before beginning your major in biological science.

Lots of biological science graduates continue their education on a postgraduate program. To be successful on these courses, you must narrow your focus and concentrate on a specialized branch of biology. Master’s degrees can take up to two years to finish, while doctorate degrees usually last between four and six years.

Your timetable will consist of theoretical lectures, seminars, and tutorials, as well as practical workshops and laboratories. Assessment methods depend on the elective modules you choose, but written and practical exams, presentations, essays, and research projects are common.

Because you’ll be studying such a far-reaching subject, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to personalize your degree to reflect your interests. However, you’ll first need to build a solid foundation in these core areas:

  • Animal biology
  • Plant sciences
  • Cell and developmental biology
  • Fundamentals of biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Molecular cell biology
  • Genetics and evolution

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Biological sciences study abroad programs

Biological sciences undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in biological sciences

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    Biosystems Engineering - BScEng Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Biological and Chemical Sciences (Common Entry) - BSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,319 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,986 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Biological and Biomedical Sciences - BSc Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,127 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Biological Engineering - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Biological Science: Pharmaceutical Biotechnology - BSc (Hons) Ontario Tech University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,268 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,935 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in biological sciences

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    Biological Science Technology: Conservation Biology - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,369 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,252 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Chemical and Biotechnical Science - APN Business Academy Aarhus, Denmark

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,952 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 EUR

    Start date
    August
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Biological sciences graduate programs

Master's in biological sciences

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    Chemical and Biotechnical Technology and Food Technology - MSc Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,194 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,400 EUR

    Start date
    August
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    Chemical and Biological Engineering - MSc Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Anthropology (Biological Anthropology) - MA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biological Data Science - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,450 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,450 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Biological Science (STEM) - MSc California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,557 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,557 USD

    Start date
    August
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Doctorate in biological sciences

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    Biological Science - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Chemical and Biological Engineering - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future biological sciences careers

The expertise of biological science graduates is always in high demand across areas including healthcare, clinical research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and education.

You’ll have countless career opportunities at your fingertips, but here are some of the roles your analytical and problem-solving skills would be ideally suited to:

  • Clinical research associate
  • Microbiologist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Zoologist
  • Science journalist

If you’d like some extra support with navigating the professional world, most universities offer appointments at their employability office. The advisors provide free advice to help you find the career path that’s right for you.