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Study biology abroad

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

Biology degrees abroad

Biology is a diverse subject that covers a wide range of areas concerned with living organisms. A biology degree can cover environmental issues, cellular studies, genome sequencing, disease, and many more topics. You can study biology abroad, or you could choose to study a specialized area of the subject like microbiology, human biology or cellular biology.

If you’re interested in the diversity of life in the natural world and how our bodies work, biology could be the perfect subject for you. As a biology graduate you’ll be well placed to pursue a career that could see you help fight disease or improve our health and well-being.

Studying biology abroad comes with a range of advantages that could improve your learning experience and help you in your future career. It can give you access to some of the most highly ranked programs, cutting-edge facilities and expose you to new environments you wouldn’t find at home.

Biology program structure

As biology is such a huge topic that covers many areas, the content and structure of each program is likely to be different at each university. Many programs will focus on the core areas of the subject in the first year or two of the program, and then allow you to follow a specialized path.

You will get the option to choose from a range of optional or elective modules on most biology programs. This allows you to tailor your program to suit your interests and career aspirations and means you could focus on human biology, marine biology, ecology, biodiversity, or many other areas.

Biology degrees are usually taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. Many programs will include field trips which let you get your hands dirty and learn practical skills. You will be assessed through essays, written examples and practical assessments.

At undergraduate level you will study biology as a BSc over three or four years, depending on where you’re studying. Some universities offer an MBiol (Master of Biology), that you can study at undergraduate level over five years and combines a bachelor’s and master’s program.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can study a master’s in biology (MSc) over one or two years. If you want to gain a PhD in biology, most doctorate programs can take up to five years to complete.

Here’s some of the modules you can expect to study on a biology degree program:

  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Human biology
  • Ecology and environmental science
  • Diversity of life
  • Laboratory skills for biology
  • Anatomy
  • Animal physiology
  • Biotechnology

Types of biology degrees

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Biology study abroad programs

Biology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in biology

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    Biology - BSc Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Biology - BA Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Biology - Pre-professional - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Biology (Pre-Med) - BSc St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Biology - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in biology

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    Biology - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,304 USD
    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science (Biology) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Biology - ASc Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Biology - ASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Biology (for Transfer) - ASc San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,138 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in biology

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,356 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Biology graduate programs

Master's in biology

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    Biology - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Biosciences: Evolutionary Biology - MSc University of Turku, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,000 EUR
    Start date
    January
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    Biology (Biology and Society) - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Science (Applied Biology & Biotechnology) research - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,600 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in biology

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    Applied Biology & Biotechnology - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,600 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Molecular & Cell Biology - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology (Entering with Master's Degree) - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Biology - PhD Clark University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,616 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Biology - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September, January, June
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Certificate in biology

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    Secondary Science with Biology - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Secondary Science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Future biology careers

There’s a wide range of careers you can pursue with a degree in biology, but exactly what you can do may depend on the level of degree you obtain. For example, certain roles in medicine would require additional qualifications, but a bachelor’s in biology will give you plenty of transferable skills that open up a number of career paths, including:

  • Research scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Marine biologist
  • Forensic scientist

A bachelor’s degree in biology can be a good foundation for a number of medical careers. For example, in the US you could go on to study medicine or dentistry after completing a biology degree.

Understanding what career you’d like after graduation can help you work out which program and country of study is right for you. Make sure the program you choose covers the areas you’d need to study to start the career you want.