Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy)

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


In the first two years of your degree, you will gain a broad knowledge of subjects related to medical science and in scientific research methods. In addition, you will enhance your critical analysis abilities while developing your interpersonal skills through team-working and oral/written communications.

Advanced knowledge of anatomy will be acquired in the third and fourth years of the programme. The University of Aberdeen boasts a state of the art anatomy facility, housed in the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Health Campus. In addition to traditional learning, using cadaveric material, the university is proud to house a state of the art 3D anatomy learning resource, allowing the integration of 3D virtual anatomy into lectures and other teaching scenarios.

First Year: Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen; Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1; Introduction to Medical Sciences; Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2; The Cell.

Second year: Physiology of Human Cells: Molecular Biology of the Gene: Human Anatomy A; Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences; Physiology of Human Organ Systems; Energy for Life; Human Anatomy B; Research Skills for Medical Sciences.

Third Year: Architecture of Life; Human Embryonic Development; Human Movement Dissected; Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology; Neuroscience Research Topics; Epithelial Physiology;
Frontiers of Biomedical Sciences.

Fourth Year (Honours): Brain Function and Malfunction (with Anatomy); Developmental Neuroscience (with Anatomy); Advanced Molecules Membranes and Cells (Stem Cells and Regeneration); Medical Sciences Honours Research Project; Medical Science Data Analysis Paper; Medical Science General Essay Paper.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry: 4 Highers at AAAB (by end of S5) including Chemistry and Maths or another science subject (Biology preferred) plus English, Maths and Biology or Chemistry at National 5.

For advanced entry to year 2, you would require 3 Advanced Highers at AAB including Biology and Chemistry.

Widening access entry: 3 Highers at BBB (by end of S5) including Chemistry and Maths or another science subject (Biology preferred). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

1 Foundation Apprenticeship is accepted in place of a non-essential Higher.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Life Sciences and Medicine


Biological Sciences

SCQF Level