University of Aberdeen


Foresterhill Campus


The degree in Biology requires you to develop a broad understanding of the nature of living things, from molecules and cells to organisms and populations, communities and biomes but, crucially, it also allows you to become a specialist in the area that is of most interest to you. Your courses (modules) will give you an excellent foundation in the theory and practical elements behind the study of life and provide you with the technical skills to pursue your own interests through your project work.

Year 1:
Frontiers in Biological Sciences; Diversity of Life 1 and 2; The Cell; Ecology and Environmental Science.

Year 2:
Genes and Evolution; Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BEST); Ecology; Plants, People, and the Environment; Principles of Animal Physiology; Ocean Biology; One of the following field courses:
Plants and their Habitats in Northern Scotland; Parasitology; Coastal Biodiversity; Fish and Shellfish Biology; Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology.

Year 3:
Statistical Analysis of Biological Data; Animal Evolution and Biodiversity; Plant Environment Interactions; Environmental Physiology.

Year 4:
You will carry out a research project and complete five courses of your choosing. The research project can be undertaken in any of the biological disciplines.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S5) including 2 maths or science subjects by end S6 plus English, Maths and Chemistry or Physics at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

For second year entry you would require the above plus 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including Biology and another maths or science subject at AB or BA.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Life Sciences and Medicine


Biological Sciences

SCQF Level