Year 1: In your first year you will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.
You will also study two other subjects in year 1 according to your interests: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Year 2: In your second year, you will be introduced to the study of genetics, proteins and nucleic acids. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of other courses.
You will also study one or two other subjects in year 2 according to your interests: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4: If you progress to Honours (years three and four) you will study a broad spectrum of molecular topics: molecular genetic methods; genomics; proteins; membranes and filaments; DNA structure and function; gene expression; mobile DNA; biotechnology; essential cell biology; experimental strategies.
You will also study: molecular aspects of plants; plant metabolism; biotechnology; plant physiology; plant growth and development.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project under the supervision of a researcher, the results of which sometimes contribute to scientific publications.
2020 entry requirements
Standard entry: 4 or 5 Highers at AAAA or AAABB (first sitting) or 6 Highers at AAAAAB (two sittings with a min ABBB after S5) including 2 science subjects including one from Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology.
Widening access entry: 4 or 5 Highers at AABB or ABBBB including 2 science subjects including one from Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology. May be considered for entry with BBBB. Completion of pre-entry programme is necessary.
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences