The course

UCAS code
C120
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

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.

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

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

Learning and teaching

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

Assessment

  • Written: 57%
  • Practical: 8%
  • Coursework: 35%
Year 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.

Learning and teaching

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

Assessment

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

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