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University of Aberdeen

Biomedical Science (Developmental Biology)

UCAS Code: B9C1

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB to include AB from Chemistry and another science of Mathematics subject. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 3 A Levels at AAB to include Chemistry, Biology and Phyiscs with AB from Chemistry and Biology. Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

A minimum of 34 points with 6 points at HL required from Chemistry and another science or Mathematics subject. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 36 points with 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry and Biology. A minimum of SL or HL in English and Maths required.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

A minimum of 5H with 4@ H2 AND 1@ H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and another science or mathematics subject, OR AAABB including AB from Chemistry and another science or maths subject. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above. O in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics at a minimum.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D,D,D

A minimum of DDD 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

A,B,B

For Second Year entry, a minimum of 3 AH at AAB, including 2 AH at AB from Chemistry and Biology. 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.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B

A minimum of 4 Highers at AAAB (C or B at Advanced Higher may substitute for B or A at Higher respectively) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5 Highers at AAAAB obtained over two sittings. AB is required from Chemistry and another science or Mathematics subject. For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 3 AH at AAB, including 2 AH at AB from Chemistry and Biology. 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.

UCAS Tariff

120-152

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100%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Developmental biology

The primary goal of Biomedical Science is to enhance understanding of human body function in health and disease. In the first two years of your degree, you will gain a broad knowledge of subjects related to medical science and in scientific research methods. In addition, you will enhance your critical analysis abilities, while developing your interpersonal skills through team-working and oral/written communications. Advanced knowledge of developmental biology will be acquired in the third and fourth years of the programme. Research in Developmental Biology is central to the search for cures for many human genetic diseases, including cancer, and is at the forefront of recent advances in modern medicine, which includes stem cell maintenance regeneration and tissue repair.

Modules

Year 1 will prepare you for more detailed studies of human physiology developmental biology that will be made in the second year of study.

Assessment methods

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; and 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£18,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Aberdeen

Department:

School of Medical Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
low
Developmental biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Zoology

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Zoology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,784
med
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
84%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Other elementary services occupations
5%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Unsurprisingly, the most common job for a zoology graduate on leaving is to work in a zoo or similar organisation - but there are a lot of other options available if you take this subject. Nearly a quarter of graduates take some kind of further qualification when they leave — mostly Masters degrees in zoology or related subjects, like biology or ecology — but a graduate from a zoology course can go into pretty much anything, with science, conservation, management, finance and marketing some of the most popular areas. Zoology graduates are also rather more likely than others to get a job overseas so if an international career appeals to you, this might be a degree to consider.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Developmental biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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