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Our BSc Biological Sciences degree is a broad-based course with a diverse range of topics. In Levels three and four you’ll be able to select from courses ranging from molecular biology and genomics, to marine and environmental topics. Which means you can choose your courses based on your particular interests. Overall, this biology degree aims to provide a flexible package of knowledge and practical skills in the biological sciences. Giving you the chance to maximise your potential and enjoy a successful career – whether it’s in academia, industry or commerce.
Course contentDetailed 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.
Brings specialisation in key areas, such as Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering; Microbes and Disease; and Environmental Biology.
Students pursue a research project as the practical component of the course, 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.
Work and study
This is what our BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences students are doing six months after graduating:
- 45% are working
- 30% are studying
- 15% are working and studying.
- 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £19000
- The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £19000
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
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Sales occupations
- Engineering professionals
- Teaching and educational professionals
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Sports and fitness occupations
- Highers AABBB
- A-Levels BBB
- Scottish Baccalaureate Pass including a science subject
- Int. Baccalaureate 27 points to include 5 a science subject at Higher Level
- HNC C in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
- 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.
- Advanced Highers BB and AABBB at Higher.
- A-Levels ABB
- Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with Advanced Higher Biology B
- Int. Baccalaureate 32 points to include 6 in Higher Level Biology
- 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.
- 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.
- HND AB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
- BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details.
|Status*||Scotland / EU**||England / Northern Ireland / Wales***||International|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£17,960|
* 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).
Scholarships and bursaries
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:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.