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.
In addition to a focus on broad topics in Biology as described for the other degrees, the degree diverges with the introduction of Management and Business Studies.
Brings specialist courses in Food and Beverage Process Technology and Microbial Biotechnology.
Focuses on particular aspects of the industry, including: Cereal Technology; Yeast Biology and Fermentation; Beer Maturation; Quality; Packaging Technology; and Commercial Aspects of Brewing and Distilling. The School has a pilot plant brewery and distillery, which is used for teaching the practical aspects of the subject through project work.
Standard entry requirements
- Highers AABBC (including one Science and Mathematics at C)
- A-Levels BBC (including two from Chemistry, Biology and Maths)
- Int. Baccalaureate 27 points (with Higher Level Science at 5 and Higher Level Mathematics at 6)
- BTEC DMM (in a relevant subject)
- HNC A in graded unit (of an appropriate HNC)
Minimum entry requirements*
- Highers BBBC
- A-Levels BCC
* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some 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
- Advanced Highers BB (plus Highers AABBB including Higher Mathematics at A)
- A-Levels ABB (including Biology A and Mathematics B)
- Int. Baccalaureate 32 points (with a science and Mathematics at Higher Level 6)
- HND AA in graded units (in an appropriate HND)
- BTEC DDD
We only accept entrants to Year 3 with appropriate Associate Degrees
English language requirements
- If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
||Scotland / EU**
||England / Northern Ireland / Wales***
||Paid by SAAS
* 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).
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:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.