Biological Sciences BSc

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Biological Sciences BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,250 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 18,480

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of Heriot-Watt’s BSc in the Biological Sciences is a very broadly focused degree. It covers a great many topics in a general manner, but allows students to choose their own specialties in years 3 and 4.

    You’ll learn about all of the biological sciences at a basic level before choosing a specialty, such as the marine and environmental sciences, genomics, molecular biology, or one of many others.

    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

    This course is delivered over 4 years for full time students.

    Year 1

    During your first year in the Biological Sciences program you’ll study Human Biology, Environmental Biology and Applied Biology as well as Biology more generally. You’ll also learn the Chemistry and Mathematics you’ll need to make the most of the higher level courses you’ll be taking later in the program.

    Core Modules:

    Practical Skills in Biology

    Mathematics for Scientists 1

    Introductory Biology 1 &2

    Induction and Study Skills in Biology

    Environmental Biology

    Chemistry for the Life Sciences

    Biology Practical

    Year 2

    Year 2 will expand your general biological skills, including ‘Whole Organism Biology’ focusing on Microorganisms, Plants and Animals. You’ll also look at topics such as Health and nutrition, and study both Biochemistry and Cell Structure in depth.

    Core Modules:

    • Research Methods in Biology
    • Metabolism in Human Nutrition
    • Introduction to Microbiology
    • Cell and Molecular Biology

    Year 3

    Year 3 has only a single ‘core’ module, which allows you a very free hand in selecting a list of elective modules which appeal to your interests and intended career or area of research. You might choose to develop expertise in Environmental Biology, Microbes and Disease, Genetic Engineering, Molecular Biology and more.

    Core module: Research Studies in Biology

    Year 4

    Year 4 will be largely dedicated to your Honours Research project. You will be able to take high level electives from a number of other biosciences courses as well.

    Sample electives include:

    • Microbiology
    • Marine Biology
    • Food Science
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Brewing and Distilling

    Learning & Teaching

    The University of Heriot-Watt uses a wide range of teaching methods. You will learn in a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions, and will be assessed on a continual basis via essays, course work, multiple choice exams and of course your Research Project. 

    Career Possiblities

    Heriot-Watt’s Biosciences graduates have an excellent employability rate, with 95% of students either working, attending higher level classes or both within 6 months of graduation. Better still, 85% of those who are working were in either managerial or professional positions within 6 months as well.

    Entry Credit

    Entry Requirements for UK and EU-nationals

    The University of Heriot-Watt typically requires students to have already achieved 3 A Levels at BBB or better, with at least one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Human Biology.

    Entry Requirements for overseas (non-EU) students                         

    International students must be fluent in written and spoken English. This can be demonstrated by a good IELTS score, but other courses will be accepted.

    International students must also have academic accreditation equivalent to that required for UK and EU students.

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