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Study life sciences abroad

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

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Life sciences degrees abroad

As a life sciences student, you’ll learn about the life processes, structures, and functions of living organisms. It’s the perfect option if you’re looking to combine your diverse scientific interests into one degree.

During your course, you’ll investigate a vast array of scientific topics, including biology, chemistry, toxicology, and environmental science. You’ll develop the laboratory skills needed to work in scientific settings, and engage with cutting-edge research taking place in the field.

Our planet is teeming with life and there’s so much of it to explore. Studying abroad is a terrific opportunity to encounter new animals, plants, and habitats, and learn from world-leading scientists at the same time.

Life sciences program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in life sciences can be studied over three years full-time or four years with an industry placement. Placements are an unbeatable way to gather hands-on experience and sample possible careers.

If you’ve set your sights on gaining a US college degree, you’ll also study over four years. You’ll complete two years of liberal arts classes before majoring in life sciences for the other half of your program.

You can study a one or two-year master’s degree in life sciences, but you’ll need to narrow your focus and specialize in the topics you’re most passionate about. After finishing your MSc, you can contribute to scholarly research and discussion by pursuing a PhD. A doctorate degree generally takes between four and six years to complete.

As a life sciences student, you’ll benefit from a wide range of teaching methods. As well as traditional lectures, seminars, and tutorials, you’ll attend group workshops, practical laboratories, and field trips.

Life sciences is a highly versatile program, so you’ll have plenty of room to personalize your degree with elective modules. However, here a few of the core units delivered at most universities:

  • Fundamental laboratory skills for scientists
  • Introduction to biochemistry
  • Biodiversity
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Plant biology
  • Genes, evolution, and development
  • Marine biology

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Life sciences study abroad programs

Life sciences undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in life sciences

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    Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Life Sciences - BSc (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    0 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Education - Secondary Life Sciences - BSED Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,544 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Bioscience and Philosophy - BA/BSc Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,860 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Biomedical Science: Life Sciences - BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK | Online

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,210 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in life sciences

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    Single-Cell Technologies in Life Sciences - Cert Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 month
    Tuition fees per year
    1,150 EUR
    Start date
    July, August
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Pathway in life sciences

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    Food Bioscience Pathway - UGP Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,845 GBP
    Start date
    August
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Life sciences graduate programs

Master's in life sciences

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    Genetics and Molecular Biosciences - 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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    Experimental and Medical Biosciences - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,000 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Life Sciences by Research - MSc (Research) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    26,250 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Food Bioscience - MSc Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,980 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Molecular Bioscience - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,750 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in life sciences

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    Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Glasgow, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Future life sciences careers

Upon graduation, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to bring your dream career to life.

Life sciences graduates go on to work in a variety of fields like healthcare, research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and conservation. Here’s an idea of some popular graduate career destinations:

  • Biochemist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Geneticist
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Zoologist

To secure some of the positions listed above, you might need to undertake advanced training. If you’re unsure of how to achieve your career ambitions, most universities have an employability office that can help.