Biology BSc

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Biology BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Start Date:

      09 September 2019

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 1,820 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 22,350

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of St Andrews’ Biology (Honours) BSc program is delivered by S Andrews’ School of Biology. Biology students there will have access to first-rate facilities, including the latest cutting edge equipment and well-stocked laboratories as well as the kind of expert teaching and instruction that they need to become credits to the modern study of Biology.

    The degree program is based on the accumulation of credits, gained by studying both required and elective modules. You will also have the opportunity to do your own research during your honours year, with the support of facilities like The Biomedical Sciences Research Complex, The Centre for Biological Diversity and the Scottish Oceans institute.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    St Andrews’ Biology BSc is a four year program for most students.

    Year 1:

    You will begin by studying a core curriculum relevant to all of the biology programs at St Andrews, including Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology and Animal & Plant Biology. In addition, you will study 2 non-biology subjects of your choice.

    Year 2:

    In addition to rounding out your core curriculum in biology you will continue on with at least one of your additional subjects throughout year 2.

    Year 3:

    Year 3 will see you move away from broad, generalist modules to highly specialised work that will prepare you for your Honours degree. You will engage in substantial enquiry-based, student led learning from this point on. The modules offered vary from year to year, but have recently included Terrestrial Biology, Animal Behaviour, Developmental Biology, and Protein Structure & Function.

    Year 4:

    In your last year, you will have access to a range of group-specialised modules led by academics who lead their narrow fields. You will also complete a research project which involves problem solving, experimental design and the gathering and interpretation of data.

    Year 5 (optional)

    You will also have the option of making this a Masters of Biology degree program by staying for a final 5th year.

    Learning & Teaching

    The University of St Andrews is committed to modern teaching techniques, and offers a research-led curriculum. Your taught classes will involve both large-scale lectures and smaller, more participatory seminars and tutorials. There will also be many laboratory-based practical classes, and fieldwork sessions. You will also do a great deal of individual research, especially during your 4th (honours) year.   

    Career Possiblities

    Graduates of highly respected biology programs like St Andrews’ are in very high demand all over the world. Many go on to higher level Masters or Doctoral study, teaching or civil service, or to do commercially-oriented research in many industries. Still others use the transferrable skills they’ve gained to become journalists, forensic scientists, marketers, and governmental advisers.

    Entry Credit

    Entry Requirements for UK and EU-nationals

    The University of St Andrews’ Biology BSc program requires at least a 3 A Levels at AAB or better, including one in Biology or Human Biology and one other in Science, Physics or Mathematics.

    Entry Requirements for overseas (non-EU) students

    International students must be fluent in written and Spoken English, and have achieved an equivalent qualification to that listed above.

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