Biological Sciences BSc

  • UCAS code C120
  • Duration Up to 4 years
  • Delivery type Full Time
  • Study location Edinburgh
  • Number of places 30

Overview

The Course

This is a broad-based Biology programme with the opportunity in Levels 3 and 4 to select from a diversity of courses ranging from molecular biology and genomics to marine and environmental topics, according to your interests. We aim to provide a flexible package of knowledge and practical skills in the biological sciences that will allow you to maximise your potential in your future career, be it in academia, industry or commerce.

Career Prospects

Graduates in Biological Sciences are well equipped to enter employment in most fields of biology, including the pharmaceutical, medical, food and water industries or public sector organisations.

Programme content

Level 1

Introduces Biology largely as Human Biology with accompanying courses in Applied and Environmental Biology. Additional subjects include Mathematics for Scientists and Chemistry, as required for an understanding of future courses in Biochemistry and Physiology.

Level 2

Concentrates on broad topics in Biology, especially Whole Organism Biology of Animals; Plants and Microorganisms; Cell Structure and Biochemistry; and Nutrition and Health.

Level 3

Brings specialisation in key areas, such as Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering; Microbes and Disease; and Environmental Biology.

Level 4

Students pursue a research project as the practical component of the programme, and may choose from a range of courses from various specialist degrees, such as: Cell and Molecular Biology; Brewing and Distilling; Food Science; Marine Biology; and Microbiology.

Your career

Emma Wells

  • School Downham Market, Norfolk
  • Degree BSc (Hons) in Applied Marine Biology
  • Present Job Marine Scientist, Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland)

"I love the sea and I am a keen amateur diver. I liked the applied nature of the programme and wanted
a career in environmental management, probably in the water industry. After completing my BSc, I helped to organise a major diving expedition to South America, which won a national award presented by the Duke of Edinburgh.

"I returned to Heriot-Watt to research the use of seaweeds in environmental assessment for my PhD. This research combined with the applied first degree helped me get a job involved with the implementation of EU water policy in Northern Ireland."

Entry requirements

The University offers as its normal entry routes:

  • entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)
  • entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).

There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.

Level 1 entry

  • Scottish Highers ABBBB
  • GCE A Level BBB
  • SQA Higher National Cert B in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 27 points to include 5 in Higher Level Biology
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass including a science subject
  • Additional information One science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at Higher B/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE/Standard Grade or equivalent.

Level 2 entry

  • GCE A Level ABB
  • SQA Advanced Highers BB and ABBBB at Higher.
  • SQA Higher National Cert A in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • SQA Higher National Dip BBB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 32 points to include 6 in Higher Level Biology
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with Advanced Higher Biology B
  • Additional information To include Biology or Human Biology at Advanced Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE/Standard Grade.

Level 3 entry

  • SQA Higher National Dip AAB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees by residency status
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS 9,000.00 15,490.00

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships & bursaries