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Hi there, I'm looking to study biological sciences at oxford and after looking at the course I just wanted to ask some more specifics about it. Is cancer biology covered? Do you learn about infections and immunity? Do you learn about genetic disease? Sorry if these questions have already been asked. Thanks for any reply's!
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Hi I don't know a great deal about this but my sister is hoping to study biochemistry at university and she looked into biology as well! From what I know, the topics you're talking about are probably covered in more depth in biochemistry and/or biomedical sciences, as biology also has a large focus on ecosytems/evolution/biodiversity etc. But I don't know about the Oxford biology course content and it may well contain those topics in a fair amount of depth! As well as asking on here, you will probably be able to find a handbook with the modules available this year to students, and while these are liable to change from year to year it might give you a rough idea of the courses you may be able to take
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There isn't a biological sciences course at Oxford. Do you mean Biology or Biochemistry?
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Hi I don't know a great deal about this but my sister is hoping to study biochemistry at university and she looked into biology as well! From what I know, the topics you're talking about are probably covered in more depth in biochemistry and/or biomedical sciences, as biology also has a large focus on ecosytems/evolution/biodiversity etc. But I don't know about the Oxford biology course content and it may well contain those topics in a fair amount of depth! As well as asking on here, you will probably be able to find a handbook with the modules available this year to students, and while these are liable to change from year to year it might give you a rough idea of the courses you may be able to take
Thankyou! Yeah those courses do sound great but I also want to study ecosystems, biodiversity, evolution. Maybe I'm being too picky That's a good idea! Do you know where I can find these handbooks?
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There isn't a biological sciences course at Oxford. Do you mean Biology or Biochemistry?
Yes sorry! I'm applying for biological science at other unis and got mixed up
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Yes sorry! I'm applying for biological science at other unis and got mixed up
No worries

1. Why Oxford and not Cambridge?
2. You can find course details here
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No worries

1. Why Oxford and not Cambridge?
2. You can find course details here
Well I like the idea of focusing solely on biology and doing a broad range of biology rather than specialising too early on
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Well I like the idea of focusing solely on biology and doing a broad range of biology rather than specialising too early on
If you want to avoid specialising and want to focus solely on biology, Cambridge might be a better choice for you, because
a) at Oxford you have to choose between biochemistry and biology straight away
b) at Cambridge, you can choose to only study Biology in year 1 natural sciences if you want.
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If you want to avoid specialising and want to focus solely on biology, Cambridge might be a better choice for you, because
a) at Oxford you have to choose between biochemistry and biology straight away
b) at Cambridge, you can choose to only study Biology in year 1 natural sciences if you want.
Ah right I didn't know that about Cambridge I will have a look into that, thanks for your help
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Thankyou! Yeah those courses do sound great but I also want to study ecosystems, biodiversity, evolution. Maybe I'm being too picky That's a good idea! Do you know where I can find these handbooks?
Here's a list of all the modules currently offered - https://www.biology.ox.ac.uk/course-0#collapse705751
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Here's a list of all the modules currently offered - https://www.biology.ox.ac.uk/course-0#collapse705751
Thanks that's given me a much better idea of the course
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Hi there, I'm looking to study biological sciences at oxford and after looking at the course I just wanted to ask some more specifics about it. Is cancer biology covered? Do you learn about infections and immunity? Do you learn about genetic disease? Sorry if these questions have already been asked. Thanks for any reply's!
Most places cover this range of topics across 3 different degrees these days! Biology courses rarely do much about human biology specifically. This is the course that covers the wole range of scale, from cell biology to ecology, animal behaviour and environmental science, and it's the least mathematical of these three. Biomedical Sciences focus on human biology and disease, and is probably closest to the course that will cover the topics you mention here. Biochemistry deals mostly with the biology and chemistry of the cell. It's perhaps the mostnarrowly focussed and at Oxford is somewhat notorious for the first year workload (thoough it gets better!). Biology and Biomedical Sceince can be done as 3 year BA degrees, or extended to a 4 year Masters; Biochemistry is a 4 year Masters.

The link provided by apolaroidofusshould lead you to the other courses at Oxford. I don't know much about Natural Sciences at Cambridge or anywhere else, but note you will need A Level Maths for any Cambridge Nat Sci
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Most places cover this range of topics across 3 different degrees these days! Biology courses rarely do much about human biology specifically. This is the course that covers the wole range of scale, from cell biology to ecology, animal behaviour and environmental science, and it's the least mathematical of these three. Biomedical Sciences focus on human biology and disease, and is probably closest to the course that will cover the topics you mention here. Biochemistry deals mostly with the biology and chemistry of the cell. It's perhaps the mostnarrowly focussed and at Oxford is somewhat notorious for the first year workload (thoough it gets better!). Biology and Biomedical Sceince can be done as 3 year BA degrees, or extended to a 4 year Masters; Biochemistry is a 4 year Masters.

The link provided by apolaroidofusshould lead you to the other courses at Oxford. I don't know much about Natural Sciences at Cambridge or anywhere else, but note you will need A Level Maths for any Cambridge Nat Sci
Thankyou! This is really useful, I will have a good look into all of this
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