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Five Reasons to Study Biological Sciences

Biology is fundamental in the most literal sense of the word. It’s all about how things live, breed, breathe and die, it's about the gears that keep us and everything else loudly chugging along. 

Choose to study it at degree level and you’re set for a fascinating three years. If that practical ubiquity wasn’t enough to sway you, though, here are six reasons you might choose to get your Bachelors in Biological Studies. 

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1. Flexibility

Where more specific degrees like Forensics or Biochemistry keep you in one particular biological discipline, Biological Sciences lets you taste a little bit of everything. 

Some courses will let you specialise in a particular area of interest but that remains your choice. If you want, you’re free to bounce from ecology, to cells, to marine life and back again. If you’re interested in every individual school of biology, or if you’re just a bit indecisive, a degree in Biological Sciences might be for you.

2. Lab and field work

The flexibility means that, if you don’t want to, you never have to choose between lab and field work. Ecology students might never get the chance to don a lab coat and try out some pipettes, just as microbiologists will rarely ever lace up their boots for a walk through the woods. If you’re studying Biological Sciences, though, you get both in spades; one week might see you cramming cells under a microscope for a course in genetics and the next might have you grouping plants. 

3. You'll start to understand the world

It’s a bit of an adage that, if a particular topic affects us every day, if we have to live and breathe and work in its presence, then it’s probably worth studying. That definitely holds true for the Biological Sciences.

This stuff is everywhere; it’s whizzing away when you eat your lunch, when you’re throwing coffee down your throat to prep for a 9am lecture, when you walk your dog, when you're browsing the internet for guidance about what degree to take. Study Biological Sciences and it's impossible not to come face-to-face with whatever it is you’re learning about. It forces you to get under the skin of everything you see, to think about the mechanics whirring around under the hood of the world.

If that sounds fascinating, and if you like never quite being able to escape your work, a Biological Sciences degree is almost definitely for you. 

4. Research 

Where some degrees make the student a filter for pre-existing knowledge, a Biological Sciences degree will often ask that you go out there and conduct research of your own, pursuing a question of your own concoction. Not only is this exceptionally fun, it’ll help develop the kind of skills employers drool over. You'll be working in a team, so you'll develop skills in communication, delegation, research and management.

5. Postgraduate options

Though there’s nothing stopping you launching into a career the second you get your mortarboard, one of the best things about a degree in Biological Sciences is the way it lends itself to postgraduate study. Because it’s both driven by research and flexible enough to let you find what you’re interested in, specialising by undertaking a master's degree is almost a natural step forward, and plenty of Biological Sciences students go on to take MAs in subjects like Biochemistry and Environmental Biology. In short, it’s a really strong way of kickstarting a research-based career.