Further study

If you're passionate about your subject, then you might want to study further. Here's some information about the three further study options that are most commonly chosen by biology graduates.

Masters study

Doing a Masters gives you a chance to really study a subject in depth. Many of them contain a significant research element too, so they're a great preparation for a PhD. Masters courses are usually highly regarded by employers, and in some cases you might need one for your chosen career path.

Tuition fees can vary greatly depending on the course you choose. So make sure you find this out early on. Many Masters courses have funded places too though, so apply early and apply to many.

PhD study

A PhD is the highest level of study you can pursue. It's three or four years of independent research, and it's very different from undergraduate study. You are responsible for your research project and it's overall direction, although you'll have one or more supervisors to guide you. By the end of your PhD you will be the world expert in your field. It's a wonderful opportunity to get involved with research and to make a real difference to human understanding of the world around us. But be prepared for long hours and a lot of hard work.

PGCE study

Many graduates go on to do a PGCE and become qualified teachers. If you're passionate about your subject and want to enthuse young people about it, then going into teaching is definitely something you should consider.

Broadly, you'll need to decide whether it's primary (ages 5-11) or secondary (ages 11-18) you're interested in. This is because there are two separate PGCE qualifications - primary teachers are not qualified to teach secondary, and vice versa. Primary teachers cover all subjects, whereas secondary teachers specialise.