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Study biology abroad

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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 (Biomedical Science) - BSc St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,688 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,688 USD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Biology - BSc University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,182 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,487 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Chemistry/Biology - Secondary - BAEd Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Biology (West Campus) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,453 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,453 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Biology and Education - Dual BSc (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in biology

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    Biology - ASc Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,184 USD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Biology - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Biology - ASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biology - ASc College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Biology - ASc Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,217 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Biology graduate programs

Master's in biology

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    Applied Aquatic Biology - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,086 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Bioengineering: Synthetic Biology - MSc Wilkes University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,268 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,268 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biology - MSc University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,857 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,857 USD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Biology - MSc Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,618 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,618 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Biology - MSc University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,794 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,666 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Doctorate in biology

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    Applied Biology & Biotechnology - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,402 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,600 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Biology - PhD University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,104 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,058 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Diploma in biology

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    Science and Technology: Conservation Biology - PGDip Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,719 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,870 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    17,380 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    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.