The UNIQ Biology course will give you an insight into what being an undergraduate biologist 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 week, you will undertake a series of short lectures, workshops and fieldwork, sampling some of the world-leading facilities that the Departments have access to. You will spend time 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 visit either the Botanic garden or the Museum of Natural History, where you will get the opportunity where you will get the opportunity to compare specimens to explore biodiversity and evolution.
In addition to site visits and practicals, you will be split into small groups and given a question to discuss in a tutorial with a lecturer. The question could be on any topic so you will be given some pointers on 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 seems daunting, don’t worry – the student 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.