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Biological Sciences BSc
Biological Sciences BSc

Biological Sciences BSc

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic: OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

  • TOEFL iBT: OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

  • PTE Academic: OVERALL - 59 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

  • Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Course Information

Our programme focuses on both the molecular and organismal aspects of biology, bringing together practical lab and field based teaching with cell biology, genetics, evolutionary genomics, ecology and physiology. You will have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest, choosing a focus in animal, plant or environmental science.


Studying Biological Sciences helps you develop a broad understanding of the nature of living things, from molecules and cells, organisms and populations, to communities and biomes.

Your courses will give you an excellent foundation in the theory and practical elements behind the study of life and provide you with the technical skills to pursue your own interests through your project work.

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Year 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD1002)

  • Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009)

  • Diversity of Life 1 (BI1012)

  • Ecology and Environmental Science (BI1511)

  • Diversity of Life 2 (BI1512)

  • The Cell (SM1501)

  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020)

Optional Courses

Plus 30 credit points from courses of choice

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BEST) (BI2018)

  • Ecology (BI2020)

  • Principles of Animal Physiology (BI2510)

  • Plants, People, and the Environment (BI25P4)

  • Introduction to Genetics (BI2023)

Optional Courses

Plus 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Plus one of the following field courses:

  • Plants and Their Habitats in Northern Scotland (BI15F1)

  • Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology Field Course (BI25F1)

  • Coastal Biodiversity (BI25F2)

  • Parasitology (BI25F3)

  • Field Biology (BI25F6)

  • Littoral and Sublittoral Marine Biology Field Course (BI25F8)

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Lab Skills in Biosciences (BI3509)

  • Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (BI3010)

  • Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (ZO3011)

  • Gateway to Honours Project (BI3511)

  • Ecological Genomics (BI3312)

Optional Courses

Select at least one of the following optional courses.

Plus 45 credit points from courses of choice

  • Plant - Environment Interactions (PL3505)

  • Environmental Physiology (ZO3513)

Year 4

Compulsory Courses

  • SBS Honours Project (BI4016)

Optional Courses

Plus 75 credit points from courses of choice, at least 45 of which must be from courses delivered by the School of Biological Sciences at level 4.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Environmental Consultancy

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Natural England

  • National Trust for Scotland

  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

  • Science Communication (eg Scubazoo)

  • Scottish Natural Heritage

  • Scottish Seabird Centre

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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