University of St Andrews

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biology

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Course summary

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Over the last 600 years, the University of St Andrews has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading teaching centres. Today, we offer a flexible degree structure based on your choice of subject specialism, creating an environment which nurtures inquisitive minds and a culture of shared learning.

Course details


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2020.

If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level AAB To include Biology and one of the following science subjects: Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. Subjects excluded: Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and General Studies.
Scottish Higher AAAB To include Biology or Human Biology and one of the following science subjects: Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points To include minimum scores of 6,6,5 at Higher Level with HL6 in Biology and HL6 in one of the following science subjects: Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

The University of St Andrews uses contextual data for applicants domiciled in the UK for fees purposes to indicate which of our academic entry requirements (www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry/academic-entry-explained) are most likely to be relevant. You can use the indicator (www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry/indicator) on our website to tell you which category of entry requirements you will need to look at. All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes. 1) SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computing science, Geography, Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade), Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. 2) GSCE (5 or B) in English language or English literature, and one GSCE (5 or B) from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. Applicants with other qualifications including other International or European qualifications should refer to our website for further information and country specific entry requirements www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry. All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of ability to use English sufficiently well to be able to fully participate in and benefit from this course of study. The University accepts a wide range of language tests and language qualifications. Please refer to our website for further details and our current minimum English language requirements: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry/language-requirements.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB To include Biology and (Chemistry or Mathematics or Physics)
Scottish Higher AABB To include (Biology or Human Biology) and (Chemistry or Mathematics or Physics).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points To include minimum scores of 6,5,5 at Higher Level with HL6 in Biology and HL5 in (Chemistry or Mathematics or Physics).

The University of St Andrews uses contextual data for applicants domiciled in the UK for fees purposes to indicate which of our academic entry requirements (www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry/academic-entry-explained) are most likely to be relevant. You can use the indicator (www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry/indicator) on our website to tell you which category of entry requirements you will need to look at. All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes. 1) SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computing science, Geography, Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade), Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. 2) GSCE (5 or B) in English language or English literature, and one GSCE (5 or B) from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. Applicants with other qualifications including other International or European qualifications should refer to our website for further information and country specific entry requirements www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry. All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of ability to use English sufficiently well to be able to fully participate in and benefit from this course of study. The University accepts a wide range of language tests and language qualifications. Please refer to our website for further details and our current minimum English language requirements: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry/language-requirements.


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 £22350* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The fees shown are for 2019/0 entry. Fees for 2020/1 will be released later in the session.
Biology at University of St Andrews - UCAS