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University of Edinburgh

Biological Sciences (Ecology)

UCAS Code: C180
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

20%

Subjects
  • Biology
Student score
79% LOW
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£19k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAA

Biology and Chemistry. Grade A is required in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

Scottish Highers
AABB-AAAA

Biology and Chemistry; grade A is required in one Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

20%

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.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not 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
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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

Course description

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 £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.

Modules

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.

University of Edinburgh

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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

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
34%
66%

Year 1

36%
64%

Year 2

23%
77%

Year 3

43%
57%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
63%
16%
21%

Year 1

50%
42%
8%

Year 2

57%
35%
8%

Year 3

22%
40%
38%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 79% LOW
Able to access IT resources

96%

Staff made the subject interesting

84%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

49%

Feedback on work has been prompt

57%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

74%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
38% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
65% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
502 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are caring personal services

6%

Graduates who are conservation and environment professionals

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. If you want a career in biology research – and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
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