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Biology, BSc
Biology, BSc

Biology, 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

Other Requirements

Standard: AABB*: Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*: Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*: Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

International Baccalaureate: 32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL, with two Mathematics/ Science subjects at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate: 5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 including a minimum of H3 from two Science or Mathematics subjects.

Course Information

Our programme starts with a foundation in animal, plant and marine biology. You can then specialise in the areas that interest you most, taking advantage of the breadth of courses available in biological sciences. Common areas of specialisation include conservation ecology, disease biology, physiology, behaviour and evolution.


Our Biology degree, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, provides you with a broad and deep understanding of the science of living things, from molecules and cells to organisms and populations, communities and biomes. Crucially, the programme allows you to specialise in the areas that are of most interest to you. We offer a flexible degree that allows students to study a very broad range of life-science subjects.

As you progress through your degree, you’ll carry out experiments in the laboratory, study organisms in the field and analyse data using specialised software and analytical techniques. You will also carry out and present your own research, perhaps even publishing it, as some of our undergraduates do. As well as hard science skills, we make sure that you have plenty of opportunities to develop allied skills that employer’s value highly including:

  • communicating science to the public

  • developing strong working relationships with staff from external organisations

  • meeting renowned scientists

  • working in local schools

  • organising events, and

  • developing your own products with our business innovation team.

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Year 1 

In year one you take eight courses, including five Biology courses and an additional non-credit bearing skills course aimed at improving your employment prospects. This leaves a choice of three further courses which would normally contribute towards enhanced study.

Compulsory Courses

  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD1002)

  • Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009)

  • Diversity of Life 1 (BI1012)

  • The Cell (SM1501)

  • Ecology and Environmental Science (BI1511)

  • Diversity of Life 2 (BI1512)

Optional Courses

Plus 45 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 2

Year two consists of eight courses, including a skills course in Life Sciences. This leaves a choice of two further courses for enhanced study.

Compulsory Courses

  • Comparative Physiology 1 (BI2524)

    • Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BEST) (BI2018)

    • Ecology (BI2020)

    • Plants, People, and the Environment (BI25P4)

    • Fundamentals in Marine Biology (BI25Z5)

    • Introduction to Genetics (BI2023)

Optional Courses

Plus select 15 credit points from first half-session courses of choice.

Choose 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

In year 3 you have the opportunity to follow a more focused curriculum or maintain breadth in the programme. Additional courses are selected from the range of courses offered in biological sciences.

Compulsory Courses

  • Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (BI3010)

  • Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (ZO3011)

  • Gateway to Honours Project (BI3511)

Optional Courses

Plus 60 credit points from courses of choice, at least 30 of which must be from courses delivered by the School of Biological Sciences at level 3.

Choose one of the following courses:

  • Ecological Genomics (BI3312) OR Population Ecology (EK3303)

Plus one of the following courses:

  • Plant Environment Interactions (PL3505) OR Comparative Physiology 2 (ZI3512)

    • Plant - Environment Interactions (PL3505)

    • Population Ecology (EK3303)

    • Ecological Genomics (BI3312)

Year 4

In year 4, the Honours year, you will carry out a research project as well as writing an extended essay and completing four courses of your choosing.

The research project can be undertaken in any of the biological disciplines and can be field, laboratory or computer-based or sometimes a combination. Most students carry out their research in our laboratories or field sites, but many students work with local scientific institutes, research groups or even partner organisations outside Scotland. You will graduate with a skillset, derived from laboratory and field teaching, which focuses on established and, cutting-edge techniques.

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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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Biology Teacher

  • Conservation Scientist

  • Ecologist

  • Environmental Consultant

  • Field Botanist

  • Lecturer

  • Production Scientist

  • Research Technician

  • Researcher

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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