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Hey guys,

I was considering applying to Oxford for biology. I am slightly more interested in the molecular side of biology, so things such as cell biology and developmental biology, genetics, physiology, immunology and neuroscience. I was wondering if I would be able to specialise in these fields if I do Oxford Biology, as it seems more focused on ecology!

Thank you very much for any help!
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Hey guys,

I was considering applying to Oxford for biology. I am slightly more interested in the molecular side of biology, so things such as cell biology and developmental biology, genetics, physiology, immunology and neuroscience. I was wondering if I would be able to specialise in these fields if I do Oxford Biology, as it seems more focused on ecology!

Thank you very much for any help!
Hello there! I don't study at Oxford, but I was able to look into their website which explains the course in much more detail. I'll summarise over here, and I'll provide a link at the bottom if you'd like to read the full version. Beyond first year, you will not need to take any ecology. (As to the curriculum right this moment, there's no guarantee that it won't change.)

FIRST YEAR: (all "themes" are compulsory)
Diversity Of Life
Ecology + Evolution
How To Build A Phenotype

SECOND YEAR: (choose three out of four themes)
Genomes + Molecular BIology
Cell + Developmental Biology
Behaviour + Physiology Of Organisms
Ecology + Evolution

THIRD YEAR: (choose four out of eight themes)
Advanced Cell Biology
Genome Diversity + Evolution
Animal Behaviour + Physiology
Ecosystems, Conservation + Sustainability
Green Grand Challenges (no clue what this is)
Advanced Ecology + Evolution
Evolution + Development
Disease Prediction + Dynamics


Hope you find this helpful. I have italicised all the ecology to show that there is much beyond ecology to take at Oxford Biology.

(Source: https://www.biology.ox.ac.uk/course-0#collapse635566 )
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Hello there! I don't study at Oxford, but I was able to look into their website which explains the course in much more detail. I'll summarise over here, and I'll provide a link at the bottom if you'd like to read the full version. Beyond first year, you will not need to take any ecology. (As to the curriculum right this moment, there's no guarantee that it won't change.)

FIRST YEAR: (all "themes" are compulsory)
Diversity Of Life
Ecology + Evolution
How To Build A Phenotype

SECOND YEAR: (choose three out of four themes)
Genomes + Molecular BIology
Cell + Developmental Biology
Behaviour + Physiology Of Organisms
Ecology + Evolution

THIRD YEAR: (choose four out of eight themes)
Advanced Cell Biology
Genome Diversity + Evolution
Animal Behaviour + Physiology
Ecosystems, Conservation + Sustainability
Green Grand Challenges (no clue what this is)
Advanced Ecology + Evolution
Evolution + Development
Disease Prediction + Dynamics


Hope you find this helpful. I have italicised all the ecology to show that there is much beyond ecology to take at Oxford Biology.

(Source: https://www.biology.ox.ac.uk/course-0#collapse635566 )
Thank you very much for the reply! I just wish the website was a bit more specific, as I have no idea what exactly is covered in ‘disease prediction and dynamics’, like does that cover immunology? Not sure about neuroscience etc. Do you study biology at university, and if yes would you please be able to tell me if you cover these topics in your degree? I’m thinking the Oxford course is probably similar to ones at all other unis?
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Thank you very much for the reply! I just wish the website was a bit more specific, as I have no idea what exactly is covered in ‘disease prediction and dynamics’, like does that cover immunology? Not sure about neuroscience etc. Do you study biology at university, and if yes would you please be able to tell me if you cover these topics in your degree? I’m thinking the Oxford course is probably similar to ones at all other unis?
Sorry over here, I’ve got absolutely no idea. You might have to ask other university students about that, because I’m just a Year 12 looking into programs. Honestly, for the modules that don’t really make sense, you can just simply email them.


However, I would imagine that you would be able to choose only modules that you are interested in the above list. I have looked into other programs and most programs seem to have a broad based curriculum and then they slowly specialize.
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