* Please note: the Biology course at Oxford has been changed since the 2018 Undergraduate Prospectus was printed. The course structure has changed, and there is now the opportunity to study for a fourth year and graduate with a Master’s degree (MBiol), in addition to the existing BA degree. Please see the course information here for further information. *

Biology at Balliol College

Balliol has a long history of scholarship in the Biological Sciences. Julian Huxley, pioneer of behavioural and evolutionary biology, Secretary of the Zoological Society, and first director of UNESCO, was a student here, as was Richard Dawkins. Current students will find an active community of Fellows and postgraduate students engaged in a wide range of topical research, from conservation biology and ecology to evolutionary biology, genetics and genomics.

Number of places at Balliol: 3.


Katrina Davis
Associate Professor, Fellow and Tutor in Zoology
Sebastian Shimeld
Associate Professor, Julian Huxley Fellow and Tutor in Zoology, and Vice-Master (Academic)
Rob Paton
Lecturer in Biological Sciences

About the course

Please see the Biology website and the University’s course pages.

Biology is jointly run by the Department of Zoology and the Department of Plant Sciences; please see their respective websites for more information on the staff and the research they encompass.

Course requirements and selection criteria

Please see:

How to apply to read Biology at Balliol College

Admissions talk (Open Days 2020)