Course suggestions - Biology and Humanities lover

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TyrionLannisterforKing Thu 29-Sep-16 04:04:48

I have been graduated for a while, but my grades were not enough for admission at a good university (three schools in 6th form due to work moves and MH issues).

It is important to note that I am not in Britain, but somewhere in South America, so different systems, yada yada. That said, there are no electives in my country and so I have studied the whole lot of academic subjects.

Humanities were always my strong suit, to the point my year 9 teacher and I were exchanging books with frequency. However, as much as I love it, I am struggling to find a job that focuses on them but offers opportunities of specialisation abroad, as well as enough pay to live comfortably.

Biology is something that is growing on me. I prefer animals to plants and really like knowing how the mind works. Other fields I am interested in are genetics and fertilization.

I have crossed Medicine off the list because of the difficulty of being accepted and the course load, plus my emetophobia. Crossed off Business out due to the hypersaturated market. Crossed off Law because of my disbelief in the system. Crossed off History because there is no option but become a teacher.

The courses right now in my head are Psychology and Biology. I fear for Psychology because it is also hypersaturated, but it is something I know I would love doing and pays well, once you acquire the right clientelle. I fear for Biology because outside the topics I enjoy, I dread the others.

I am introverted, but would like working with people in a calm enviroment.

Any ideas?

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AutumnLeaves61 Thu 29-Sep-16 09:34:04

"Crossed off History because there is no option but become a teacher." While it looks like you're going down the science route, you are misinformed on career options for history graduates. As a science graduate myself, I'd say history is one of the best preparations for a career, life, the world, etc. I'll leave history graduates to expand more ably.

A psychology degree means lots of statistics. That suit you?

Biology is a huge subject, and I guess you won't know (I didn't) what specific area grabs your interest until you start studying it.

Stopyourhavering Thu 29-Sep-16 10:26:00

How about environmental science/ sustainability....lots of courses to choose from with differing emphasis on biological areas and many of them have placement year
Anthropology, Ocean Science, forensic science....

TyrionLannisterforKing Thu 29-Sep-16 16:26:25

Thank you both for your replies.

Autumn, I have no doubt that in many places, History is a great course. Unfortunately, it is not the case, here.

I love statistics, so yes, it is still on the table.

Stop, forensic science was once at the top of my mind, to the point that once I realised that Chemistry, however cool, was difficult for me, I considered taking the criminal psychology route.

Again, thank you both for your replies. You have given me some things to think about.

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Stopyourhavering Thu 29-Sep-16 18:16:13

There are forensic anthropology courses emphasising on osteology/anatomy and require biology rather than chemistry- my son is considering studying this at Dundee University ( top in UK for this)

bojorojo Thu 29-Sep-16 23:49:03

Most people on Psychology degree courses do not ever become psychologists due to lack of opportunities for further professional training. Scientists can get jobs. Economists get jobs. Criminal psychologists and forensic scientists are difficult jobs to get into as a raw graduate. Look for a degree that provides a good chance of getting onto a graduate training programme.

PerspicaciaTick Fri 30-Sep-16 00:26:59

I have a friend who took a Linguistics degree, would that be of interest?


mummymeister Fri 30-Sep-16 10:13:33

natural sciences degree might be the way to go. I think you need to look at what sort of work you want at the end of it.

I realise some people say pick the subjects you enjoy but I think its more nowadays about picking subjects that lead to jobs. psychology is interesting but most people with it go into H and R type stuff.

I think you need to think about the kind of job you can and want to do and work backwards from there.

gastromum Mon 03-Oct-16 09:19:45

Another one here suggesting Forensic Anthropology, my daughter is looking to study this too, with Dundee being the stand out for her too. Also offer it at John Moores Liverpool and Bradford

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