* 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 follow this link 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: 3-4.


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