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So You Want to Study Life Science?

Explore the exciting subjects within life sciences and the rewarding careers that studying life sciences at university lead to.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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So You Want to Study Life Science?

Why join the course?

This short, free online course will introduce you to studying life sciences at university level.

We’ll take you on a whistle stop tour of the exciting world of life sciences, exploring the vast array of subjects within the discipline – from anatomy to zoology and everything in between, including immunology, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, physiology and parasitology.

Find out what it’s like to study and work in life sciences

You’ll also hear from individuals working in a range of different life sciences career areas, including basic, field and applied research, scientific communication, teaching and science writing.

You’ll also get lots of tips on preparing your university application, adjusting to life at university and securing that first life sciences job.

By the end of the two weeks, you’ll:

  • be aware of the variety of branches of life sciences;
  • be confident making a university application to study life sciences;
  • be able to describe some of the career pathways open to you as a life sciences graduate;
  • and have met other people on the same journey of exploration into life sciences.

Learn with the University of Glasgow – a life sciences centre of excellence

So You Want to Study the Life Sciences? has been developed by the University of Glasgow – a centre of excellence for many branches of life sciences.

On the course, you’ll learn with Leah Marks, Maria Jackson and a team of educators who, between them, have extensive experience across life sciences disciplines, including biochemistry, genetics, and cellular and molecular biology.You’ll follow the progress of student Kevin as he decides which subject to study at university.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsKEVIN GLASGOW: Have you ever wondered what it's like to study the fundamental building blocks of life, from the tiniest components that you couldn't even see under a normal microscope, to the opposite extreme, organisms so large that even getting close enough to them can be a challenge in itself? In the two weeks of this course, we're hoping to explore what it means to be a life scientist-- to study life itself, and to talk about where that study can take you. We'll speak to people working a wide range of careers, from a geneticist helping to diagnose complex conditions that have eluded scientists for decades, to a zoologist who is returning from field work in Tanzania.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds Whether you're fascinated by life at the bottom of the ocean, or under the most extreme conditions that the human body can tolerate, whether human anatomy, or parasite survival is what captivates your interest, join us on this exciting journey. Glasgow University is an ideal place to begin this journey, due to its record in the area of life sciences. Here, world class research is intertwined with teaching excellence to give students the best possible learning environment. We hope that by the end of this course, you'll be as excited about the wonders of life as we are. And we'll have a better idea of how to follow a path of discovery in the life sciences.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 secondsJoin us as we ask, 'So you want to study life science'?

What topics will you cover?

  • Appreciation of the variety of branches of life sciences
  • Factors relevant to making a university application to study life sciences
  • Career pathways open to life sciences graduates

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the variety of branches of life sciences;
  • Explore factors relevant to making a university application to study life sciences;
  • Describe some of the career pathways open to you as a life sciences graduate;
  • Engage with other people on the same journey of exploration into life sciences.

Who is the course for?

This course will be of particular interest to individuals considering going to university or college to study a life sciences related subject.

Who will you learn with?

Leah Marks

BSc (Hon) Medical Biochemistry (2000) PhD Developmental Medicine (2004) University Teacher in Medical Genetics (2005- current) 'Follow’ me using the button below to see my comments in your activity feed

Kathleen Murphy (Educator)

BSc (Hons) Genetics - 2012 MSc (Medical Sci) Medical Genetics 2013 Graduate Teaching Assistant 2013-14 Genetic Technologist 2015-16 Trainee Clinical Scientist (Genomics) 2016-2019 "Follow Me"

Who developed the course?

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $54 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.