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Which one of those is better for becoming a biologist? A Biology Degree in Oxford or Natural Sciences degree in Cambridge?
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In the absence of the expert, I will venture my opinion (former researcher in biomedical science but not Oxbridge-educated). Biology is a very diverse subject, from molecules to population behaviours and it is difficult to imagine a course that covers all aspects in any depth. Both universities offer an excellent education in biological science, with the option to pursue a major research project in year 4. They would both give you an edge over other universities for PhD courses (but not much advantage beyond that). However, the Cambridge course offers a much wider variety of options and would allow you to switch specialism to some extent; this might be useful as your interests are very likely to change during the course. I would therefore suggest Cambridge should be your first choice if you expect to meet the higher entry requirements.
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Either is absolutely great. The biggest difference as PeteM01 says is that you can't study biology at Cambridge - you study Natural Sciences. Within the degree you pick the options you want. You can therefore be much more diverse and choose geology, chemistry, physiology, and maths, say. Then you choose particular options in the next year and so on. So it's very easy to change your direction somewhat. But if you're totally sure it's biology you want, Oxford is fantastic too.

Cambridge is clearly a better university though, so...
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If you're wondering whether to apply to Oxford or Cambridge for Biology, there are more things to consider than which is more likely to advance your career. Consider which is more likely to give you an interview, which you prefer as a place, the courses they offer. The big decision is: do you want to choose between biology, biochemistry and earth sciences right now? That, combined with the admissions process was the reason I applied to Cambridge instead of Oxford.
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Well I would not claim to be the expert but I would say choose the course which interests you the most and the one as someone else has said you can get into. Son is really biology focused and loved Oxford broad based course. Cambridge are keener on Maths A level and also have higher UMS requirements plus higher entry requirements.
Son loved Oxford as a place but I know it was the course that swung it. He did Research Masters at York (as 4yrs was not available at that time.) He is now doing Phd at Cambridge having got 1st at undergrad at Oxford.
So it has worked out so far for him. The only thing he does say though is that Cambridge appear to be keener on keeping people on for Phd than Oxford. He is surrounded by Cambridge graduates while none of the people expected to get Phd places in his year did not get them from Oxford. A lot of his Oxford friends seem to arrive at Cambridge in the end but they do say it is good to change it up. So in conclusion go where you like. Makes no difference.
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