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University of Aberdeen

Biomedical Science (Molecular Biology) with Industrial Placement

UCAS Code: B9CR

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

A minimum of 34 points, to include 6 points at HL from Chemistry and Biology. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 36 points, to include 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry and Biology. A minimum of Standard level 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 AAABB including AB from Chemistry and Biology. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above. English and Maths at a minimum of Ordinary Level required and either Chemistry or Physics.

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

DDD

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B

A minimum of 4 Highers at AAAB (C or B at AH may substitute for B or A at H respectively) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5H at AAAAB obtained over two sittings. To include 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

126-128

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67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

5years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Molecular biology

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 molecular biology will be acquired in the third and fifth years of the programme. Molecular biology has revolutionised the progress of biology over the last half century, culminating in the determination of the complete human genome sequence, and is central to current investigations to understand the genetic basis of human disease and pathology, as well as to the development of improved crops.

In your fourth year, you will undertake a year's industrial placement and graduate after five years with an MSci (an undergraduate Masters degree) instead of a BSc. Placements vary considerably but, in general terms, you will be placed in an industrial, commercial or research environment where you will obtain a breadth of practical experience to complement your degree programme and enhance your employability.

Modules

A degree in Biomedical Science (Molecular Biology) is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.

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

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£19,300
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 Biological 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.

87%
high
Molecular 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.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

78%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
90%
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?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
6%
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.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

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
88%
low
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Other elementary services occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

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