University of dundee biological sciences
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)
Biological Sciences studies life in all its forms looking at molecular detail regulation and function from the microscopic to organismal scale.
Our Biological Sciences degree is a broad-based programme which allows you to combine a wider range of subjects than a single Honours degree.
The huge breadth of biology offers a corresponding wealth of opportunities for students who choose to study it to follow many paths through to a final degree.
Biological sciences is the growth industry of the 21st century, with increasing capacity for humans to intervene in, control and perhaps repair defective biological systems. Genetic manipulation of plants and animals, in particular, offers enormous possibilities for improving our lives but, at the same time, there are inherent dangers present in the unthinking application of these techniques. The next generation of professional biologists will have to play an important role, not only in the continued development of such methods, but also in deciding how they can be responsibly and safely applied.
Our relationship with the rest of the natural world is one which has been established over many hundreds of millions of years, and the early modules of the biological sciences programme have a strong evolutionary theme. They emphasise the fact that it is impossible to understand any aspect of biology unless you have a clear understanding of its most important general theory – evolution by natural selection.
University of dundee biological sciences
The Biological Sciences degree gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of different aspects of the life sciences, or to delay your subject specialisation until you have gained experience of a variety of different subject areas.
You can choose either to specialise later in your studies and study for a more specifically named degree (see related courses below), or if you wish to maintain a broad learning experience, you can graduate in Biological Sciences.
Lab work and field work
Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on laboratory teaching, and students are encouraged to see the blending of field and laboratory based research as essential to the training of a properly rounded biological scientist.
The programme of Honours research projects benefits from our links with outside bodies such as the James Hutton Institute (J.H.I.)
The University of Dundee doesn’t just create your average scientist, they create the full package. They give you the opportunity to work side by side leading research scientists and work with state of the art equipment.
As part of the Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery course I have learnt everything from experimental design, industry standard laboratory techniques, right through to developing my presentation and marketing skills which will be invaluable to my future within this fast-paced sector.
However, it’s not all test tubes and textbooks! Our student-run Life Science Society hosts lots of social events throughout the year and creates a networking ‘family’ of students, allowing us to easily build potentially life-long friendships with our peers.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2017|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||AABB at Higher including biology and chemistry, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)||AB at Advanced Higher including biology and chemistry, plus BB at Higher in different subjects, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)|
|GCE A-Level||ABB (minimum) – AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C||ABB (minimum) – AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||AABB at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, plus Ordinary Level mathematics||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4.|
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
|34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4|
|BTEC||BTEC Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences.||A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units||A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry||Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 (grade C)|
|SWAP Access||Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|Advanced Diploma||Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry||Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry||Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C|
|European Baccalaureate||70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry||75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry|