What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
Biology and Chemistry. Grade A is required in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
Biology and Chemistry; grade A is required in one Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers20%
Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.
Tuition fee & financial supportNot available
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses
The University of Edinburgh provides an exciting and stimulating environment for students. Our teaching has been independently rated as excellent in every respect, and our high research ratings ensure that students are exposed to new and challenging ideas from the outset. We have invested over Â£27 million in new facilities for teaching and research, and we are consistently rated among the top universities in the UK, with an international reputation that attracts many students from the EU and overseas. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 45% of our research in â??Biological Sciencesâ?? was rated 3* (internationally excellent), and a further 15% was rated 4* (world-leading). The strong research environment in Edinburgh provides many exciting opportunities: Honours project work can be done in our internationally recognised laboratories and you can help make new discoveries. You can take advantage of our global research links to organise periods of study abroad or you can study for a year overseas on our International Exchange Programme. You can apply for placements in pharmaceutical companies, undertake scientific expeditions and develop many other skills. Throughout our courses we equip you with communication, presentation and graduate skills to give you every advantage in either a scientific career or in many non-laboratory related employment options. Every student is allocated to a Personal Tutor - a member of staff who is responsible for giving advice about courses at all levels, and for general pastoral oversight for all years of the programme.
Year 1: You will learn core laboratory skills and study modern biology subjects within courses such as: origin and diversity of life; biology, ecology and environment; molecules, genes and cells; life sciences. These lay the foundation for more specialist courses in later years, most students also take courses in biological chemistry. You can also choose courses from a wide range of other academic areas from across the university including languages, management or other sciences. Year 2: You will begin to specialise, choosing several courses in biological sciences. most students study the dynamic cell and genes and gene action. You can also choose courses from other areas. At the end of year 2, students progress into their chosen honours programme. Year 3: You will specialise in a chosen area of biology, choosing from 12 programmes. These will prepare you for exploring scientific literature, analysis of scientific data and research work; courses involve training in laboratory skills, with specific courses concentrating on fieldwork. A number of students take the opportunity to study abroad. Year 4: You will study your chosen honours subject area at a deeper scientific level. Taking part in seminars and debates on scientific papers with staff and other students will develop your presentation, discussion and critical appraisal skills. All students undertake an individual research project.
Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. We are globally recognised for our research and innovation and we've provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. Edinburgh itself has something for everyone - pubs, clubs, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh Festival.
How you'll spend your time
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- Lectures / seminars
- Independent study
How you'll be assessed
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
- Written exams
- Practical exams
What do the numbers say for
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What do students think about this subject here?
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UK / Non-UK
Male / Female
Full-time / Part-time
Typical Ucas points
2:1 or above
Most popular subjects students studied before attending
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What are graduates doing after six months?
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