The UNIQ Biology course will give you an insight into what being an undergraduate biological scientist at Oxford is like. Each day has a theme reflecting the options on offer on the degree course, which is taught jointly across the departments of Zoology and Plant Sciences.
Throughout the course of the week, you will undertake a series of short lectures, workshops and fieldwork, and will be taken to some of the world-leading facilities that the Departments have access to. You will spend a day at Wytham Woods, a field station just outside of Oxford, where you will get to see various biology research projects current graduates are working on. You will then spend the day working in the Botanic garden and in the labs, using amazing microscopes to do plant cell imaging. You will get the opportunity to get hands-on in Museum of Natural History where you will handle and compare museum specimens to explore biodiversity and evolution.
In addition to these site visits, you will be split into groups of 3 or 4 and given a question to discuss in a tutorial with a lecturer at the end of the week. The question could be on any topic and you will be given some pointers for what to read and how to think about the question. The tutorial system is one of the great things about Oxford, and on the UNIQ course you get a taster of how inspiring tutors can be. If the prospect of being questioned by an academic in a group of just 3 or 4 seems daunting, don’t worry – the academic ambassadors will help and guide you through the work.
The undergraduate course is designed to offer flexibility in the combination of molecular and whole-organism biology and includes opportunities to specialise in a particular area.