University Of Glasgow Biology

University Of Glasgow Biology

Human Biology explores the scientific principles that underlie investigations into the function of the human body from a molecular and cellular level to a whole-body level. It examines the way in which the body works in health, during normal healthy ageing and disease.



Biological Sciences at Glasgow is ranked second in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2017).



You will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.


In semester 1, you will develop your knowledge of fundamental aspects of biology. In semester 2, you will be introduced to specialist subject areas according to your interests (e.g. animal biology; biomolecular sciences; human biology; infection biology).

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

YEARS 3, 4 AND 5

Human Biology provides a wide-ranging approach to complement the traditional Anatomy, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology degree programmes. It integrates the traditional material with newly developed classes which allow students to develop their graduate attributes.

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4), you will take courses which allow you to develop a broad understanding of human biology through the study of the anatomy and physiology of body systems, and the assessment of cardiovascular and respiratory function, as well as introductory nutrition. The laboratory component is well supported and students work in small groups in recently refurbished laboratories. One distinctive feature is the use of problem-based learning to supplement the more traditional aspects of the course and mini projects.

Students who progress to year 4 choose four advanced Honours option courses as well as an Advanced Studies course. Each option course lasts for five weeks and gives the opportunity to study those topics in greater depth. The Advanced Studies component is distinctive from other courses in that it has an underlying theme of using quantitative techniques to analyse scientific, managerial and financial aspects of biological science problems. This involves understanding the profit and loss accounts of biotechnology companies, comprehending and reporting concisely on research directions within a field of enquiry and recommending courses of action stemming from data analysis. All year 4 students undertake an independent research project.

You can take Human Biology as an MSci, which includes an additional placement year between the third and final years of the degree, normally spent doing research in industry in the UK or overseas.

The list of available final-year optional courses is subject to change each year. In addition, places in optional courses may be limited, so students are not guaranteed a place on a particular final-year option.

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You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus+ Programme and the International Exchange Programme. See Study abroad.

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Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: We expect that students will pass the practical assessment of A-level sciences. A-levels in Biology OR Human Biology OR Chemistry at grade B or above.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: S5 minimum requirement = ABBB. S5 & S6 cumulative requirement = AAAAAB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Minimum of two science subjects, one of which must be Biology OR Human Biology OR Chemistry at grade B or above.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AABB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

University Of Glasgow Biology


  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Three HL subjects at 6, 6, 5. Biology OR Human Biology OR Chemistry at SL6 or HL6.


Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Science European Requirements [pdf]

Accepted Science subjects

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

University Of Glasgow Biology


Applicants who attain exceptional grades may be considered for Advanced Entry (commence their degree at year 2) or Faster Route (additional classes enabling them to condense a 4 year Honours degree into three years). The availability of Advanced Entry or Faster Route will vary by science subject and thus reduce the flexibility that a student has in selecting optional subjects.

Applicants who are interested in Advanced Entry or Faster Route should apply for year 2 (Y2) on their UCAS application. In the event that the specific subject is unavailable or their application is unsuccessful they will automatically be considered for year 1 entry without having to submit a separate UCAS application.

Indicative Grades for an applicant to be considered for Advanced Entry or Faster Route are:

  • A-levels: A*AA at one sitting.
  • Advanced Highers: AAA at one sitting.
  • International Baccalaureate: 38 Points.

In all cases the mandatory requirements specified must also be met. All applicants should use the standard UCAS code but apply for Y2 entry.

Applicants may be invited for interview.

Glasgow International College

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.



This is a new programme and there have been no graduates to date. It is anticipated that graduates will be well qualified to seek employment in a broad range of scientific careers in the NHS, in commerce, education and management.