What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
All applicants must possess at least 1 GCE A-Level from the following science subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. This forms part of our minimum Faculty entry requirements. Mathematics and Physics.
All applicants must possess at least 2 SQA Highers from the following science subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or equivalent, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. This forms part of our minimum Faculty entry requirements. Applicants for this programme must possess an A at either Advanced Higher or Higher in Physics and Mathematics. Mathematics and Physics.
In addition to SQA Highers Mathematics and Physics.
Including HL 6 Mathematics and Physics, AND at least SL English AND Mathematics
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers53%
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 support£1,820
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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How you'll spend your time
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- Lectures / seminars
- Independent study
How you'll be assessed
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- Written exams
- Practical exams
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Male / Female
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Typical Ucas points
2:1 or above
Most popular subjects students studied before attending
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