Best universities for Biological sciences

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Puzzledmum Sun 04-Mar-18 06:51:36

What would you say are the top five Russell group universities for Biological sciences nearest to London?

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libertysilk Sun 04-Mar-18 07:12:01

UCL without a doubt. My ds did biological science degree, added one year on and achieved a masters. He loved the uni.

Skiiltan Sun 04-Mar-18 08:14:23

I'd recommend looking at the University of Surrey, because of the professional training placement year. But if you're fixated on the Russell Group (why?) you won't want to do this.

Puzzledmum Sun 04-Mar-18 14:31:17

Thank you for your responses! Definitely considering UCL. I’ll look into the 4year programmes.
Skiiltan thanks for this suggestion. I think Surrey has moved to the Russell group now. I have heard some great feedback on this uni and will be considering it also.

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titchy Sun 04-Mar-18 20:20:59

UCL and Imperial. Surrey is not RG.

LIZS Sun 04-Mar-18 20:23:03

Why RG? Southampton?

Skiiltan Sun 04-Mar-18 21:21:16

I wish people would stop assuming Russell Group universities have some kind of magic power. It's just a self-selected mutual promotional/lobbying group that seeks to divert resources - primarily research funding - to its members and away from other institutions.

Surrey is not a member of the Russell Group. Nor are the Universities of Bath or Leicester, whose research strengths are at least as great as those of one or two Russell Group members. Reading might also be worth a look for biological sciences, although I don't know whether anyone would willingly live in Reading. It depends which particular course you're looking for: different places have different strengths.

Many decades ago, when I was an undergraduate, my college (a constituent of the old federal University of London) was one of very few HE institutions that sent science students to work in industry for 6-month or 12-month placements. Bath & Surrey were two others that did. I heard someone from Surrey give a presentation on the placements programme at a UCAS conference a few years ago; it sounds like it's gone from strength to strength. I've never visited or worked there, though, so I'm only recommending that you look at it.

The high level of unemployment among science graduates is likely to be related to a number of factors, but one is definitely lack of real-world experience in science/technology workplaces. Some students arrange their own experience through summer research projects or short-term paid work in labs. It makes life a bit easier if your university arranges something for you.

LIZS - Southampton is a member of the Russell Group. I used to work there but the building that used to house biological sciences has been knocked down since I left. I'm not sure what happens where now.


LIZS Sun 04-Mar-18 21:24:15

One of ds friends is at Southampton and is enjoying it.

GRW Mon 05-Mar-18 07:44:26

Sussex is rated highly for Biology, it's on the edge of Brighton and a nice place to live.

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SunnyTikka Mon 19-Mar-18 00:02:40

University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus. Not exactly close to London though! But their equipment is state of the art and if you watch any documentaries on TV, all of the scientists seem to come from there.

moogdroog Thu 29-Mar-18 16:58:52

Sussex. Great University, great Biols department, lovely place to live.

Sofabitch Thu 29-Mar-18 17:01:46

Depends what the goal is ..what do they want to do...some unis offer registered courses that you need tp get proffesional qualifications. Others don't.

user1484040234 Thu 29-Mar-18 17:20:41

King's College also good

Puzzledmum Fri 30-Mar-18 16:43:43

Thank you all, for the recommendations. It gives us a good starting point for research. DD is mainly looking at London (ICL or UCL) at the moment, but will try for Oxford too.

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LoniceraJaponica Tue 03-Apr-18 07:20:11

I agree Skiiltan. Unfortunately DD's school promote the idea that anything less than an RG university isn't worth going to. DD'd boyfriend has an Oxford offer and is very sniffy about some of DD's friends who have offers from ex polytechnics.

lenalove Tue 12-Jun-18 15:02:53

UCL all the way!

MarchingFrogs Tue 12-Jun-18 18:02:07

The current Biosciences building at Southampton was opened in about 2010 IIRC and rather swish. No idea what the labs are like to work in, though, as DS1 decided on Birmingham in the end.

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