We offer a range of BSc degree programmes that emphasise different aspects of the life sciences: organisms and their environment (Biological Sciences), human health (Biomedical Sciences) and molecular structures and mechanisms.


Why study Life Sciences at Dundee?

As a place to study life sciences we achieve consistently high ratings, and the internationally-recognised research strengths of the University are reflected in our research-led teaching and a wide range of research training opportunities for life sciences graduates.

Research-led teaching

Leading scientists are involved both in the planning and teaching of our courses, and we have up-to-date and well-equipped facilities for practical work.

Undertaking an Honours research project will provide you with an opportunity to experience work as part of a real research team.

"Research-informed teaching is vital to the quality of learning, and future career opportunities for undergraduate students. It benefits students by stimulating and exciting them about continuing positive and influential research."
Sian Foch Gatrell, final year student

What's so good about Life Sciences at Dundee?

An excellent reputation

Our research is rated 1st in Europe for biology and biochemistry, and 4th for molecular biology and genetics (By Thomson Scientific), and we are ranked 85th in the World's Top Universities for life sciences by the QS World University Rankings 2011.

Our excellent reputation also extends to the quality of our teaching. In the 2010 National Student Survey we were ranked No. 1 in the UK for student satisfaction in anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, with 100% of our students saying they were satisfied with the quality of their course. In biochemistry and biological sciences we were ranked No. 1 in Scotland.

Flexibility and choice

The curriculum is highly flexible and permits you to keep most degree options open until halfway through Level 2. Even at the end of Level 3 you may still have at least two degree options open to you. Rather than being committed to the degree for which you entered, you will be able to defer your final decision until you are in a position to choose in the light of experience.

Students also have opportunities on most of our degree programmes to take a subject outside the Life Sciences in the early years - e.g. Environmental Science, Geography, Psychology, IT, Mathematics or a foreign language.

Transferable skills

Throughout the duration of your degree programme you will take modules specially designed to help you recognise and develop the skills needed for success in your studies and future employment.

Degree pathways

The diagram below shows the various degree pathways that you can take. To read about this in further detail, please visit the 'teaching & assessment' section of this webpage.

Entry with Highers *

Core theory and practical modules + subjects from other Colleges e.g. Languages

Entry with Advanced Highers
or A Levels

Core Theory + Practical + Outside Subject
Biomedical, Biomolecular or Biological modules + outside subject


Choose to specialise in the subjects that excite you in Biomedical Science or Biological Sciences


Bachelor of Science (Ordinary Degree) Biomedical Science or Biological Sciences


Opt to have a year in industry or study abroad


Research projects + specialist units on current research in Life Sciences

BSc Hons
in specialist subject (see lists) or joint subjects e.g. BSc Hons Biomedical Sci BSc Hons Biological Sciences


Extended research projects Research seminars in your chosen area Research skills and planning

in a specialist subject

* Please note that we also offer:

  • A widening access programme in collaboration with Dundee & Angus College: BSc Life Sciences
  • A Foundation Year in Life Sciences which is for students who have not got the required A level (or equivalent) subjects or grades to qualify you for direct entry into one of our Life Sciences degrees