Biology is the core life science, concerned with all lifeforms. If you are fascinated by the diversity of life in the natural world then this is the degree for you. Our degree in Biology requires you to develop a broad understanding of the nature of living things, from molecules and cells to organisms and populations, communities and biomes, but crucially, it also allows you to become a specialist in the area that is of most interest to you. Your courses will give you an excellent foundation in the theory and practical elements behind the study of life and provide you with the technical skills to pursue your own interests through your project work. You will graduate with a deep understanding of the terrestrial and marine environments and the wealth of organisms that live there.
Each year you take a selection of compulsory courses and optional courses which can be chosen from those on offer across the institution. The first two years lay a foundation for the more specialised third and fourth years.
Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
For entry to Year 2: Satisfactory completion of HNC Applied Sciences (120 SCQF credit points). A in all Graded Units. Curriculum to include: Statistics for Science 1 (H8XT 33) and Ecology & Ecosystems (H93A34)
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BBB||A minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB - at least 2 from Science or Maths subjects. To be considered for entry into Second Year, a minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, with AB from 2 science or maths subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours - an A in the subject for Single Honours or AB in the subjects for Joint Honours). Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.|
|Scottish Higher||AABB||A minimum of 4 H at AABB (C at AH may substitute for B at H) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5H at AAABB obtained over 2 sittings. Must achieve at least BB from two science or mathematics subjects. Standard Grades 1, 2 or 3 or Int 2, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||A minimum of DDM with the main subjects being Science or Maths. Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||ABB||For Second Year entry a minimum of 3 AH at ABB, a minimum of two must be Science or Maths subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours). Standard Grades 1, 2 or 3 or Int 2, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 points||A minimum of 32 points, with a minimum of 5 points at HL required from 2 Science or Maths subjects. For Second Year entry: a minimum of 34 points with a minimum of 6 at HL in the subject(s) nominated for Honours. A minimum of Standard Level English and Maths also required.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H3, H3||A minimum of 5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AABB including a minimum of H3 or BB from two Science or Maths subjects. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above. O in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics.|
|Scottish HNC||For entry to Year 2: Satisfactory completion of HNC Applied Sciences (120 SCQF credit points). A in all Graded Units. Curriculum to include: Statistics for Science 1 (H8XT 33) and Ecology & Ecosystems (H93A34)|
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Listening - 5.5 or above Reading - 5.5 or above Speaking - 5.5 or above Writing - 6.0 or above Overall - 6.0|
|TOEFL (iBT)||78||TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above Reading - 18 or above Speaking - 20 or above Writing - 21 or above Overall - 78|
|PTE Academic||54||Listening - 51 or above Reading - 51 or above Speaking - 51 or above Writing - 54 or above Overall - 54 or above|
In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.
Undergraduate Degrees - English Requirements are detailed here:
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
University of Aberdeen
Directorate of External Relations & Marketing
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Directorate of External Relations and Marketing
+44 (0) 1224 272090