The course

UCAS code
CC17
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

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Overview

Cell and Molecular Biology (Biochemistry) is the basic science underpinning our understanding of all life processes. In this programme, we cover cell and molecular biological aspects of animals and plants, and provide the broad understanding necessary for a career in the biomedical/pharmaceutical, food and biotechnological industries as well as providing a sound foundation for further research.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 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.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 53%
  • Practical: 23%
  • Coursework: 24%
Year 2

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

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 28%
  • Independent study: 72%

Assessment

  • Written: 52%
  • Practical: 18%
  • Coursework: 30%
Year 3

Introduces more advanced Cell and Molecular Biology and a detailed functional analysis of Biological Macromolecules.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 26%
  • Independent study: 74%

Assessment

  • Written: 56%
  • Practical: 10%
  • Coursework: 34%
Year 4

Students choose from courses covering Genomics; Molecular Toxicology; Cell Biology and Cancer; Plant Cell Biochemistry; and Immunology. As with all our Honours degrees, you will pursue a research project as the practical component of the final year.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 13%
  • Independent study: 87%

Assessment

  • Written: 47%
  • Practical: 14%
  • Coursework: 39%

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Cell and Molecular Biology) students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 55% are working
  • 29% are studying
  • 2% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 80% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £19000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £18000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Sales occupations
  • Teaching and educational professionals
  • Conservation and environment professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Quality and regulatory professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Skilled trades occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABBB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • HNC C 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, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB
  • Advanced Highers BB and AABBB at Higher.
  • HNC B in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • HND BB 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 grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 3

  • HND AB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,440

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

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

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

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