Detailed course guide
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.
Concentrates on broad topics in Biology, especially Whole Organism Biology of Animals, Plants and Microorganisms; Cell Structure and Biochemistry; and Nutrition and Health.
The Microbiology course introduces detailed analysis of microbial systems, in particular: Microbial Physiology; Microbial Pathology and Infectious Diseases; Microbial Biotechnology; and Molecular Biology, including Genetic Engineering.
Students are introduced to advanced topics in microbiology through courses dealing with: Microbial Interactions with the Human Body during Disease; Detection and Identification of Bacteria; Microbial Physiology and Molecular Biology; and Genomics. A laboratory-based research project introduces practical techniques at an advanced level.
Standard entry requirements
Highers AABB/ABBBB (including a science subject)
A-Levels BBC (including a science subject)
Int. Baccalaureate 27 points to include a science subject at Higher Level 5
BTEC DMM (in relevant subject)
HNC C in graded unit (in relevant HNC)
Minimum entry requirements*
Highers BBBC (including a science subject at B)
A-Levels BCC (including a science subject)
Suitable science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics.
* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:
live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
are care experienced.
We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our
Minimum and standard entry requirements Year 2
Advanced Highers BB (including Biology or Human Biology plus Highers AABB/ABBBB)
A-Levels ABB (including Biology or Human Biology)
Int. Baccalaureate 32 points (with Biology at Higher Level 6)
HNC B in graded unit (in relevant HNC)
HND BB in graded units (in relevant HND)
BTEC DDM (in relevant subject) Year 3
HND AB in graded units (in relevant HND) Additional information
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / EU**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales***
* 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).
*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses). Additional costs
You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020
In addition to government 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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