Biological and Biomedical Sciences (joint degree with National University of Singapore) BSc (Hons)

  • Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • UCAS: B9C1
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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Spend the first part of your degree in Dundee, Scotland, to build your skills and knowledge in cutting-edge biology theory and techniques before attending the National University of Singapore (ranked No.1 university in Asia and No.11 in the world, QS Rankings 2019) for 18 months to complete your honours project. You'll gain valuable international experience as well as attending two of the world's best-known universities for biological and biomedical sciences.

You'll be making the most of each university’s strength in the field of biosciences. The course will provide a firm grounding in biological sciences and develop a complementary specialism in one of the following:

  • Genetic Medicine
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology and Ageing

Through skills training and research-led theory you’ll build your confidence. You'll learn to be a self-reflective and critical thinker. In an international teaching environment, you’ll rise to tackle the challenges in this field using the latest methodologies and problem-solving techniques. There will be ample opportunity to network, collaborate, and shape your career.

You will graduate with an appreciation of different cultures and an understanding of the global aspects of life sciences research and application.

From day one, you will be enrolled at both the University of Dundee and the National University of Singapore. This means you can start collaborating and sharing experiences with your Singaporean counterparts and get access to the services of each university. You will travel abroad to study in Singapore after you have completed semester 1, level 3.

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World class research

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, the University of Dundee was ranked no.1 in the UK for the quality of its biological sciences research.

The 2015 QS World University Rankings placed Dundee 9th in the world in biological sciences as judged by ‘citations per paper’, one of the widely recognised metrics of scientific excellence. This was the highest for any institution outside the United States.

Degree flexibility

We designed the course with flexibility in mind. It gives you time to explore and develop a deep understanding of biological and biomedical sciences.

At the end of semester 1 in level 3, you will choose your specialisation from Genetic medicine, Neurobiology or Physiology and ageing.

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher AABB at Higher including biology and chemistry, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
GCE A-Level ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C / 4 Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
BTEC BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences. Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, plus Ordinary Level mathematics at O2 Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 / National 5 (grade C) Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Advanced Diploma Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C / 4 Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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How you will be taught

  • lectures
  • practicals
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • computer-based learning
  • media / video exercises

 

The University of Dundee achieved 100% student satisfaction for Biology

National Student Survey (2017)

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course assignments. Regular assessments, such as practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises, provide feedback on your progress and help prepare you for end-of-module exams.

Online assignments are used at levels 1 and 2, many suited to access on or off campus. Peer assessment is used to promote teamwork and group learning.

What you will study

Modules are as follows for 2017-18 but may be subject to change as part of our normal processes designed to enhance teaching quality

Level 1

Semester 1

Number of credits: 10

This is a module that introduces aspects of two major concepts: the basics of heredity and evolution. For basics of heredity, an introduction to genetics, inheritance of traits, and the fidelity of genetic information over generations will be given. The concept of evolution will consider Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection, the nature of variation, the ways in which selection acts upon variation and descent from a single common ancestor. Finally the concept of molecular evolution explores how genes and genomes evolve to produce the diversity of life systems observed today.

Credits: 10

Semester: 1

This is a module that introduces aspects of major concepts: The gene, evolution and biological organisation.

The concept of the gene covers major topics such as DNA, genes, genomes, reproduction and heredity.

The concept of evolution introduces the topics of multicellularity and the benefits of being multicellular.

The concept of biological organisation introduces the topic of chemical transmission and how characteristics are retained from simple animals such as the coelenterates to more complex animals such as the chordates. The need for a nervous system and the early development of nervous systems including simple nerve nets are explored from an evolutionary perspective.

Semester: 1

Number of credits: 10

This module will start with a mandatory introduction to health and safety and basic lab skills. There will be one field excursion and a series of practical classes that will cover techniques of isolation and culture of microorganisms and gram staining. Other set practical classes include: arthropod diversity and insect dissection, forensic entomology and the analysis of DNA.

Semester: 1

Number of credits: 10

This module will extend and develop the generic skills introduced in BS11003 with specific emphasis on health and safety and basic laboratory practice. The ability to work effectively as part of a group will form a significant part of this module. Students will extend their information literacy skills by locating and accessing scientific resources to support their learning.

To support the group lab project, students will receive guidance on lab book / record keeping, experimental design and project planning, in addition to interpretation of data and presentation of project results. You'll also be encouraged to reflect on and evaluate their own learning throughout the semester, identifying areas for development and consolidation.

Semester: 2

Number of credits: 10

This module develops aspects of four major concepts: The cell, the gene, evolution and biological organisation.

The concept of the cell covers major topics such as cell division, chromosome structure, sexual reproduction, germ cells, meiosis and fertilisation.

The concept of the gene covers the major topic of genetics, introducing genes and alleles, and gives a functional explanation of Mendel’s Laws.

The concept of evolution introduces topics such as the Mesozoic ecosystem structure and the transition of life to land, including the dominance of insects, amphibians and reptiles. Consideration will be given to the physiological problems of life on land (reproductive freedom from water, breathing air [especially during the mid-Devonian drop in global oxygen levels], water conservation and the emergence of the mammal-like reptiles). The concept of biological organisation covers topics such as changes in posture, heart anatomy, respiratory capacity, temperature regulation and endothermy in terrestrial vertebrates. Fluid balance, homeostasis and the basic principles of endocrinology are introduced, together with the basic concepts of neurophysiology, muscles and movement.

Semester: 2

Number of credits: 10

This module develops aspects of three topics: Energy and Metabolism, The Cell and its Environment, and Animals: Form and Function.

Energy and metabolism introduces the major topics of chemical and biological thermodynamics covering enzymes (as biological catalysts, their structure and basic  mechanisms), enzyme kinetics, energy  flow and transfer and the basic principles of  metabolism in autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms.

The Cell and its Environment develops the topic of cell structure, covering intracellular compartmentalisation and trafficking; lipids and membranes, with specific emphasis on the biochemical and biophysical properties of membranes.

The Animals: Form and Function topic starts with the basic concept that specialised cells form tissues and organs which in turn interact at the level of the whole- organism. Physiological systems (endocrine, nervous, circulatory, gas exchange and  excretory) in animals of increasing complexity are used as examples, highlighting  links between form and function and to illustrate the importance of homeostasis.

Semester: 2

Number of credits: 10

This module will extend and develop laboratory and research skills introduced in semester 1 of Level 1

  • Optical techniques – Students will use a spectrophotometer to produce a standard absorbance spectrum, apply the Beer -Lambert Law to derive unknown concentrations from known values of absorbance and perform a Bradford Assay
  • Protein purification – Students will experience two techniques that are commonly used to separate mixtures of proteins: size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS PAGE) 
  • PCR - In conjunction with its associated workshop, this laboratory exercise aims to give students a basic understanding of the practical application of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and the use of agarose gel electrophoresis for the analysis of DNA samples.
  • Enzyme kinetics – Students will gain practical experience of a typical enzyme assay procedure.
  • Digital skills – online scientific literature searches
  • Protein expression – Students will learn how to purify and analyse a recombinant protein.

Semester: 2

Number of credits: 10

This module will extend and develop the generic skills introduced in BS12003 with specific emphasis on data presentation, interpretation and analysis. The ability to work effectively as part of a group and the  application of peer support and peer-assessment will form a significant part of this module. Students will extend their information literacy and scientific writing skills by researching and presenting an area of current research in poster format, giving due attention to scientific writing protocols. Students will be encouraged to reflect on  and evaluate their own learning throughout the semester, identifying areas for development and consolidation and setting appropriate targets.

Level 2

Semester 1

Number of credits: 10

The module will be covering the evolution of life in the Cenozoic era. The first half of which will be a general to specific introduction to statistics for the biosciences, bringing students up to speed on the structure of datasets and how one infers differences. This will also include an introduction to the design of experiments, concepts of randomisation and blocking; regression, anova and principle tests of signal versus noise. The second half of the module will address the geological, climatic and biological changes that have led to the modern disposition of the continents. This will cover major climatic themes that have shaped modern life including sea level change and glaciation; evolutionary development of birds and mammals; the evolution of endothermy; the biogeographic distributions of biota; and the adaptive radiation/evolution of the mammals. This will also include a comprehensive introduction to human origins and the impact this species has on nature. Topics including the evolution of the hominid lineage; predation/parasitism, and disease/population dynamics. Students will be expected to complete a substantial piece of coursework related to a component of the indicative content.

Semester 1

Number of credits: 10

This module builds the foundations for our understanding of genetics and molecular biology. DNA is at the core of explaining who we are and how we are different and this module explores the role of DNA in transmitting information from generation to generation, how that information is copied and used, and how that use is regulated. With that foundation the module explores how we can manipulate the genetic code of an organism to take on new functions and respond to stimuli, and what happens when the regulation of the cell goes wrong.

Semester 1

Number of credits: 10

This module will extend and develop laboratory and research skills introduced in Level 1 (direct Level 2 entrant students will have an opportunity to learn skills and techniques at the start of semester 1).  There is specific emphasis on the following subject areas: comparison of kinetic and thermodynamic control in protein folding, use of aseptic techniques through the use of bacteria, the broad use and application of antibodies in Life Sciences, introduction of the concepts of osmolarity and tonicity and retrieval and analysis of sequence information (genetic, cDNA and amino acid) from online databases.  A significant component of the taught element of this module is devoted to the study and application of statistics, data analysis and representation, using the R-Studio software tool.  A summatively assessed lab skills test is set at the end of the module.

Semester 1

Number of credits: 10

Students will carry out two laboratory projects which will allow them to gain experience in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques.  The projects will cover basic organic synthesis of biological molecules and also a forensic chemistry investigation.  These projects will allow them to improve their experimental planning, risk assessment, report writing and data analysis skills.  Group work will involve oral and written presentation skills and provide team building experience.

Module not available to non-Life Science students except forensic anthropology and anatomical science students

Semester 2

Number of credits: 20

The aim of this module is to introduce students to specific topics within the Biomedical Sciences.  Topics will include: Nerve and muscle: the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), muscle contraction and body movements; Cardiovascular system: heart function and integrated control of blood pressure; Pharmacology of NMJ and heart muscle; Effects of exercise on cardiovascular systemSkills - Students will develop and apply skills in problem solving, teamwork and IT and be encouraged to develop self-reliance and independent study skills.

Number of credits: 20

The aim of this module is to give students a sound foundation in biomolecular mechanisms and processes.
This module will study the main mammalian metabolic pathways and their control including the molecular processes involved.  The module will also look at current topics in microbiology including disease and resistance and introduce immunology and virology.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 20

The aim of this module is to broaden and strengthen both the practical and generic skills of students by building on experience gained at level 1 and semester 1 of level 2.

The module will expand on techniques and skills introduced in earlier practical modules.  Practicals will be accompanied by data handling and manipulation workshops.  Basic concepts in ethics in the Biosciences will be introduced in a workshop.  Careers and employability exercises will help students to decide on their future career paths.  Generic skills will be reinforced by updating students’ PDP.

Module not available to non-Life Science students except forensic anthropology and anatomical science students

In order to progress to study in National University of Singapore, you must attain a minimum average of B3 (16 points out of 23) at the University of Dundee.

Biological and Biomedical Sciences BSc (Honours) – Levels 3 and 4

You'll spend the first semester of level 3 at the University of Dundee. You will then choose your specialism and transfer to the National University of Singapore for the remainder of your degree

Semester 1

Number of credits: 15

The aim of this Module is to introduce specific topics within the area of molecular structure and interactions analysis that will underpin the more specialised areas which students will encounter in Semester 2 of Level 3 and in Level 4. The module also aims to introduce students to the study of interactions that underpin biological events or early-stage drug discovery and strengthen students’ skills in scientific writing, critical analysis of scientific literature and in self-directed learning.

Topics covered in the module are High-throughput DNA sequencing and genome annotation, Secondary structure, disorder, post-translational modification, cloning, single crystal X-ray diffraction methods, Use of bioinformatics resources and databases, Scientific paper analysis.

Semester 1

Number of credits: 15

The aim of this Module is to introduce specific topics within the area of Biochemistry and Cell Biology that will underpin the more specialised areas that students will encounter in Semester 2 of Level 3 and in Level 4. The Module also aims to strengthen students’ skills in scientific writing, critical analysis of scientific literature and in self-directed learning.

Topics covered in the module are how proteins function at the molecular level, protein folding, targeting, posttranslational modification and turnover, the cytoskeleton, molecular motors, cell division and how cells form tissues, cell signalling and regulation of metabolism, bioenergy and photosynthesis, systems biology approaches.

Semester 1

Number of credits: 15

The aim of this module is to introduce specific topics within the area of Gene Regulation and Expression including examples of how defects at the molecular level result in disease. Topics will include transcription, translation, mRNA processing, RNAi and miRNA function and utilisation, DNA recombination and Epigenetics and genetic disease.

Students will understand the fundamental processes in molecular biology that are critical for gene expression in relation to cellular function. To be able to apply this knowledge and other information to explain the mechanism by which at least one disease state is manifest by perturbation and mutation of the apparatus to allow normal function.

Genetic Medicine - Levels 3 and 4

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module introduces the pharmacological treatment of nervous system. It covers the actions of drugs and how they affect cellular function in the nervous system, and the neural mechanisms through which they influence behaviour. Examples of drugs used to treat diseases and disorders of the nervous systems will be discussed.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module aims to provide students with in?depth knowledge of the basic molecular mechanisms underlying common human diseases, such as genetic, metabolic and infectious diseases. Examples of diseases highlighted will include cancer, diabetes and obesity among others. During lectures and tutorials, there will be discussions based on data from current research in the respective fields. Practicals are designed to support student learning of the concepts covered. Prospective students should be equipped with a fundamental understanding of molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and microbiology. Basic knowledge of genetics and general human physiology will also be helpful. Overall, the module aims to provide students with the knowledge and critical?thinking skills to understand human health and diseases as applicable to their personal lives or for subsequent studies in research laboratories.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

With the application of advanced technologies in molecular biology to the study of microorganisms, there are many implications on how we can identify and detect microbes, as well as treat and prevent diseases caused by both existing and newly emerged pathogens. In this course, the students will be taught the molecular principles of the physiological processes involved in the life cycle of different types of microbes and how these affect human health and disease. There are also practicals and specialized talks by guest lecturers to emphasise the application of molecular microbiology in laboratories that handle the diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module will examine the scientific bases for all aspects of human variability in clinical responses to drugs and other xenobiotics. The course will provide both the theoretical and technical know-how to conduct and interpret simple studies relating to intraindividual, interindividual as well as interpopulational differences in drug responses.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module will cover the stages that a drug that is developed for clinical use goes through before it is marketed: discovery/synthesis, preclinical studies, clinical drug trials, registration and post-market surveillance. The different phases of clinical drug trials and the guidelines for ethics and good clinical practice will be discussed. Students are also divided into groups to discuss and design clinical trials. At the end of the course, the students will have an overview of the processes involved in bringing a drug from the laboratory to the market.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module is intended to provide a good foundation and stimulate students’ interest in specialized topics in Genetics and Genomics related to translational research. The module will provide students with knowledge of current practices in Genetic Medicine. Students will also know how gene identification, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies are formulated and performed. They will also be expected to show how to translate new genetic and genomic discoveries into novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

The aim of this module is to introduce concepts and molecular mechanism of epigenetics. Students will learn the historic discoveries of epigenetic research, DNA methylation, post-translational histone modifications, non-coding RNAs, chromatin remodelling and epigenetic reprogramming. The module will focus on the role of epigenetic modifications in biological functions. The clinical applications of epigenetics will also be discussed.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

Neurobiology - Levels 3 and 4

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

The heart and lungs are central to the maintenance of homeostasis in the human body by bringing essential materials to and removing wastes from the body’s cells. This module covers the basic physiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems using exercise to illustrate the onset of homeostatic imbalances and the body’s responses to restore homeostasis. Students will be able to identify the benefits that exercise imparts to cardiorespiratory fitness and overall health.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module will focus on key events that take place in different stages of vertebrate nervous system development including neural induction, neurogenesis, glial biology, neuronal growth and polarity, axonal guidance, synapse formation, and regeneration. Pathological states such as muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases will be studied, both in terms of understanding the deficits as well as examining potential solutions to improve the outcomes of these neuronal diseases. Latest findings will be discussed, allowing students to learn the current state of research in developmental neurobiology.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module introduces the pharmacological treatment of nervous system. It covers the actions of drugs and how they affect cellular function in the nervous system, and the neural mechanisms through which they influence behaviour. Examples of drugs used to treat diseases and disorders of the nervous systems will be discussed.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

A working knowledge of human neuroanatomy is essential for many fields of biomedical science, practice and research. The purpose of this module is to cover the basic functional neuroanatomy of the human nervous system, including overview, neurohistology, peripheral nervous system, autonomic nervous system and central nervous system. It takes a regional-systemic approach to understanding human nervous system structure and function - that parallels the core knowledge used in clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on the unique anatomical features and neurochemistry of different parts of the central and peripheral nervous system, while demonstrating their synaptic connectivity and interrelatedness of their functions.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

The primary goal of this module is to understand (a) how neurons, assembled into circuits, mediate behaviour and (b) how technology can remediate neural dysfunction by affecting the circuits. This course draws on basic knowledge of the cell biology and physiology of neurons.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module aims to introduce selected topics on functional genomics. Areas covered include: the assignment of functions to novel genes following the genome-sequencing projects of human and other organisms; the principles underlying enabling technologies: DNA microarrays, proteomics, protein chips, structural genomics, yeast two-hybrid system, transgenics, and aspects of bioinformatics and its applications; and to understand the impact of functional genomics on the study of diseases such as cancer, drug discovery, pharmacogenetics and healthcare.

Physiology and Ageing - Levels 3 and 4

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

The heart and lungs are central to the maintenance of homeostasis in the human body by bringing essential materials to and removing wastes from the body’s cells. This module covers the basic physiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems using exercise to illustrate the onset of homeostatic imbalances and the body’s responses to restore homeostasis. Students will be able to identify the benefits that exercise imparts to cardiorespiratory fitness and overall health.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module covers several human physiological systems using hormonal control of homeostasis as a basis for understanding normal function and health. The student will be able to appreciate the interactions occurring amongst the endocrine, digestive, renal, and reproductive systems, and be able to relate them to the body's biological rhythms (or clocks), growth, responses to stress, and reproductive processes. Major Topics Covered: endocrine system, central endocrine glands, peripheral endocrine glands, digestive system, digestive processes, energy balance, urinary system, fluid processing, fluid balance, reproductive system, male reproductive physiology and female reproductive physiology.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module will focus on key events that take place in different stages of vertebrate nervous system development including neural induction, neurogenesis, glial biology, neuronal growth and polarity, axonal guidance, synapse formation, and regeneration. Pathological states such as muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases will be studied, both in terms of understanding the deficits as well as examining potential solutions to improve the outcomes of these neuronal diseases. Latest findings will be discussed, allowing students to learn the current state of research in developmental neurobiology.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module introduces human ageing theories, molecular basis of ageing, system level effects of ageing, ageing related diseases, and interventions that increase longevity. Major topics to be covered in the first half include biology of ageing theories (Oxidative stress, Genetic, Autoimmune and Neuroendocrine), with an emphasis on molecular pathways such as telomere shortening, mitochondrial and ER stress, sirtuins and mTOR and autophagy. The second half of lectures include ageing brain, heart and related diseases, health implications for the individual and interventions that increases longevity such as hormesis, dietary restriction, resveratrol, rapamycin and growth hormones.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

The primary goal of this module is to understand (a) how neurons, assembled into circuits, mediate behaviour and (b) how technology can remediate neural dysfunction by affecting the circuits. This course draws on basic knowledge of the cell biology and physiology of neurons.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module describes how the human body responds to exposure and exercise in environmental extremes such as thermal stressors, hypoxic and hyperbaric conditions and trauma. Latest research findings, including some of the controversial topics, will be presented and discussed. Students will understand what the physiological changes are under extreme conditions and how acute and chronic adaptations occur in response to these stresses. This will allow students to appreciate how the human body adapts to changing environments.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

Populations around the world are rapidly ageing and it is important to understand the functional decline in ageing populations. Functional age is defined as a combination of chronological, biological and psychological ages. Molecular processes governing ageing will be covered during the first half while the second half will be on societal perception, the burden of disease, healthy ageing interventions and ageless society. The ageing process will be explained based on the experimental and epidemiological studies. This module will integrate biology and sociology of ageing which will provide avenues for a better understanding of ageing in a society.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 12

This module will explore the changes that occur in human cells as they grow, mature, differentiate, and either commit to cell death or renew themselves. Insights into the mechanisms that govern the various developmental alterations that occur will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that lend themselves to experimental manipulation.

Level 4

You will undertake a research project as part of a world-class research lab. This project will require you to draw upon a wide range of skills and knowledge gained in the preceding 3 years to produce a significant piece of independent research. This research should address a scientific question relevant to your degree specialisation. 

You’ll develop as an effective communicator and have ample opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills: IT, information sourcing, evaluations, problem solving, team-working and project management. You’ll also get an appropriate understanding of ethical and regulatory issues.

Our graduates find employment in a wide variety of destinations related to biomedicine and healthcare, including:

  • research in universities, research institutes and the pharmaceutical industry
  • teaching in schools, colleges and universities
  • graduate entry to a degree in medicine or dentistry

The scientific training and problem-solving skills you’ll gain are highly valued in other areas, such as:

  • government research institutes
  • pharmaceutical, biotechnology & food industries
  • academic research & teaching

What do our students go on to do?                   

  • wildlife management MSc
  • medical science writer
  • investment banking in life science stocks
  • PhD
  • business technology consulting
  • production assistant at BBC
  • monitoring officer for International Organisation for Migration (Somalia)
  • international big-pharma research (USA)

Our Global Reputation

  • Royal Society of Biology Accreditation for all Biological and Biomedical Sciences BSc Hons degree programmes
  • No.1 in UK for overall student satisfaction for Biology degrees NSS 2017
  • In the world’s top 100 for Biological Sciences in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • No.1 in UK and 26 in the world for research impact on global innovation (Nature Index 2017)
  • Ranked no.1 biology department in the UK in the National Student Survey 2016
    • Staff are good at explaining things
    • Staff are enthusiastic
    • The course is intellectually stimulating
    • Plus, all four learning resources criteria

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2018-19

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £19,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students
Rest of UK students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

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