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Biology and Psychology

University of Stirling

Degree level: Undergraduate

Course summary

Are you interested in any of the following? • The evolution of animal behaviour • Genetic engineering of crop plants • The fossil record • The response of plants and animals to climate change, or •The biological molecules that underpin respiration and development. If the answer is yes, you’ll have the opportunity to find out about them and more as a biologist at Stirling. Biologists study the immeasurable diversity of living organisms amongst which we live on planet earth. During a biology degree you will study organisms from bacteria to blue whales, investigating systems ranging from enzymes to ecosystems. Of all the biological sciences degrees, Biology has the greatest flexibility, and module choice increases as students progress through their degree. In year 4, our range of specialist half-modules allows students to specialise in an area of biology that they have become particularly interested. Training is provided in both laboratory and field skills. As well as the beautiful campus in which the University is situated, we have a wide range of superb landscapes and habitats on our doorstep, and make the most of these throughout the degree. Final-year projects are a challenging yet valuable part of our degrees, and some have been so good they were published. These are supervised by a member of staff in the School but may also be carried out in conjunction with an external organisation. Examples of recent titles include: • The role of the blood brain barrier in HIV infections •  Searching for evidence of division of labour within flowers: characterisation of anther dimorphism in the genus Solanum • Competition between clonal fragments and seedlings in Mimulus guttatus • Ultraviolet light, skin collagen and ageing •  Mechanisms of sperm storage and its use in seaweed flies • Fruit fly promiscuity: influences on female fitness. The programme includes a compulsory field class in Scotland in year 2, and optional field courses during year 4. (Students must pay most of the costs of their travel, accommodation, and subsistence for field courses.) During the field trips, students learn various techniques in field sampling, identification, experimental design, data analysis and presentation. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. During this course you will investigate how and why humans (and other animals) behave in the ways they do, and learn about the mental processes driving these behaviours. As you’ll discover, Psychology is a very broad subject, covering such diverse areas as brain function, perceiving the world and even the social interactions in a football crowd. Psychology at Stirling is internationally renowned for research and this feeds into teaching. In our taught modules, you learn of the importance of research in furthering the understanding of behaviour and, in practical work, develop research skills of your own. Semesters 1 – 2 comprise an introduction to psychology as a biological and behavioural science including: Developmental Psychology; Brain and Behaviour; Language and Thinking; Animal Behaviour; Clinical and Abnormal Psychology; Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. Other modules on this course may include: Research Methods, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences, Cognition, Animal Behaviour and Clinical and Health Psychology. In the final year of our Single Honours Programme, as well as an individual research project, you will choose from a wide variety of electives that are designed to allow you to explore topics that interest you and build your employability skills. Teaching is by workshops, small discussion groups and practical sessions such as laboratory work or field work. There are opportunities for placements with prospective employers and fieldwork in the study of animal behaviour.

Course details


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How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Course codeCC18
Institution code S75
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB To include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM To include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
Scottish Higher AABB AAAB over 2 sittings. To include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points To include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at Higher Level grade 5.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Obtain IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill or equivalent.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements there are English language courses which can help you prepare for your degree: https://www.stir.ac.uk/international/international-students/pre-sessional-english-language-courses/

English language requirements

https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/undergraduate/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
International £15600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company. Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales who successfully progress to their fourth year of study at Stirling will be awarded an Honours Year Scholarship covering the full cost of the tuition fees in their final year. Please see university website for more details.
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