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which unis are best? (biosciences)

Hi everyone,

I am currently in Y12 doing my personal statement/application for ecology/zoology/marine biology and just wondered if anyone had any guidance on which unis are best for this kind of thing, but also out of the ones ive shortlisted which are best overall as universities/towns. My picks are;

York - MBiol Ecology
Lancaster - MBiol Ecology and Conservation
St Andrews - MMarBiol Marine Biology
Leeds - MSci Ecology and Conservation Biology
Nottingham - MSci Zoology
Sheffield - MBiol Zoology
Bangor - MZool Zoology w/ Conservation

Thank you so much!!! Please share any tips you have and ask any questions if you need to - i'm super grateful!!! :smile:
im not doing biosciences so i might not be of much help but am doing a level bio now but from what i’ve heard from other ppl studying it - bangor is really good for anything in the environment department and i believe it has lower entry requirements than the other universities u have listed which is good as it’s a good idea to have a spread of different entry requirements when u choose your top five and all the other universities are really high on the league tables which is great, st andrews is an amazing university and i’ve heard great things about lancaster but the train station there is quite a bit of a way from the university itself, a big thing to think about is transport links so how many changes for trains, how much are the fares, how long is the walk, is the walk particularly safe especially when u are walking in the winter months, hope that helps and hope this post acts as a boost for u (if that works on this site i’m new here lol)
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Original post by shredded-rainfal
im not doing biosciences so i might not be of much help but am doing a level bio now but from what i’ve heard from other ppl studying it - bangor is really good for anything in the environment department and i believe it has lower entry requirements than the other universities u have listed which is good as it’s a good idea to have a spread of different entry requirements when u choose your top five and all the other universities are really high on the league tables which is great, st andrews is an amazing university and i’ve heard great things about lancaster but the train station there is quite a bit of a way from the university itself, a big thing to think about is transport links so how many changes for trains, how much are the fares, how long is the walk, is the walk particularly safe especially when u are walking in the winter months, hope that helps and hope this post acts as a boost for u (if that works on this site i’m new here lol)


Thank you so much for your reply!! Bangor is defo going to be my insurance I think - or york because 19/20 people get in on the course apparently hahaha in terms of train station, my whole family lives extremely rurally with no transport links so that wouldn't particularly affect me anyway besides intrauniversity transport - thanks for your advice!! :smile:
Original post by tmbnty
Thank you so much for your reply!! Bangor is defo going to be my insurance I think - or york because 19/20 people get in on the course apparently hahaha in terms of train station, my whole family lives extremely rurally with no transport links so that wouldn't particularly affect me anyway besides intrauniversity transport - thanks for your advice!! :smile:
you’re welcome glad it was helpful :smile:
My daughter was originally looking at Ecology Conservation / Zoology and her list was similar to yours, with the addition of Exeter, who do a lovely course based in Cornwall. RVC in London also do some interesting animal based subjects but not Ecology.

Bit left field but what about Aberystwyth or UAE for insurance? Aber has low entry requirements is good for animal based subjects and UAE is a decent Uni in trouble so has been making very low offers - Uniguide is excellent for seeing what grades applicants really had rather than the offers shown on Uni websites
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Original post by ChiefBrody
My daughter was originally looking at Ecology Conservation / Zoology and her list was similar to yours, with the addition of Exeter, who do a lovely course based in Cornwall. RVC in London also do some interesting animal based subjects but not Ecology.
Bit left field but what about Aberystwyth or UAE for insurance? Aber has low entry requirements is good for animal based subjects and UAE is a decent Uni in trouble so has been making very low offers - Uniguide is excellent for seeing what grades applicants really had rather than the offers shown on Uni websites


Hi,
Thanks for your response!! :smile:
I'm actually super interested in the marine biology course at Exeter and it's currently in my top 5. Lancaster is currently my insurance because fortunately I'm on track for quite good grades but if my mocks don't turn out how I'm hoping then Aberystwyth is defo one I'll consider !
Original post by tmbnty
Hi,
Thanks for your response!! :smile:
I'm actually super interested in the marine biology course at Exeter and it's currently in my top 5. Lancaster is currently my insurance because fortunately I'm on track for quite good grades but if my mocks don't turn out how I'm hoping then Aberystwyth is defo one I'll consider !

Exeter is not listed in your OP but it's one I'd recommend.
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Original post by Muttley79
Exeter is not listed in your OP but it's one I'd recommend.


Hi,
It is meant to be there hahaha it totally slipped my mind! Loving the look of MarBiol there but only concern is the penryn campus is quite isolated from transport links especially to my family in the north :smile:
ucl does biological sciences and after the 1st year (as almost all biology based courses are the same 1st year) you can specialise into zoology, conservation, some other things too and i believe ucl is very highly ranked for biosciences
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Original post by toastedcake
ucl does biological sciences and after the 1st year (as almost all biology based courses are the same 1st year) you can specialise into zoology, conservation, some other things too and i believe ucl is very highly ranked for biosciences


Hi,
Loads of unis in london are really good but i really don't like london as a city and can't see myself living there sadly. I much prefer smaller cities/towns :smile: thanks though !
Original post by tmbnty
Hi,
It is meant to be there hahaha it totally slipped my mind! Loving the look of MarBiol there but only concern is the penryn campus is quite isolated from transport links especially to my family in the north :smile:

Have you looked at Southampton?
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Original post by Muttley79
Have you looked at Southampton?


Yes but to be honest didn't love the sound of the modules - great facilities and accom but the course structure wasn't for me really :smile:
Original post by tmbnty
Yes but to be honest didn't love the sound of the modules - great facilities and accom but the course structure wasn't for me really :smile:

OK - I knew it had great facilities but I agree that you should look at the course content :smile:
Reply 13
Original post by tmbnty
Hi everyone,
I am currently in Y12 doing my personal statement/application for ecology/zoology/marine biology and just wondered if anyone had any guidance on which unis are best for this kind of thing, but also out of the ones ive shortlisted which are best overall as universities/towns. My picks are;
York - MBiol Ecology
Lancaster - MBiol Ecology and Conservation
St Andrews - MMarBiol Marine Biology
Leeds - MSci Ecology and Conservation Biology
Nottingham - MSci Zoology
Sheffield - MBiol Zoology
Bangor - MZool Zoology w/ Conservation
Thank you so much!!! Please share any tips you have and ask any questions if you need to - i'm super grateful!!! :smile:

i’m doing zoology at Hull uni and it is so good they offer so much extra things like a diving qualification

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