Undergraduate study - 2017 entry

BSc Biological Sciences with Management

UCAS code: C1N1

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Biological Sciences

College: Science and Engineering

Study abroad

Introducing BSc Biological Sciences with Management

Our Biological Sciences with Management programme provides you with a wide set of skills suitable for careers in management, commerce or communication. It will allow you to use your knowledge of biological sciences in a wide context. At the end of Year 2, students specialise in biological sciences with management in a specific subject area of biological sciences.

Year 1

As an integral part of your studies, you will gain key skills which will enhance your long-term employability.

In addition, you will learn core laboratory skills and study modern biology subjects within courses such as: Origin & Diversity of Life 1 (compulsory); Biology, Ecology & Environment 1; Molecules, Genes & Cells 1 (compulsory); and Quantification in the Life Sciences 1. These lay the foundation for more specialist courses in later years. Most students also take courses such as Biological Chemistry 1A or Biological Chemistry 1B.

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 2 and Genes & Gene Action 2.

You can also choose courses from other areas. At the end of Year 2, students progress into their chosen biological subject specialisation.

Year 3

You will specialise in a chosen area of biology, choosing from our 12 subject specialisations: biochemistry; biotechnology; cell biology; development, regeneration and stem cells; ecology; evolutionary biology; genetics; immunology; molecular biology; molecular genetics; plant science or zoology.

These 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. Some students take the opportunity to study abroad or work for a year in industry.

Year 4

You will study your chosen 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.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme structure (2016/17)

Our facilities

The majority of teaching takes place within the School of Biological Sciences at the University's King's Buildings. Later years can involve projects at allied research institutes in the local region or in industry. You will also have access to the University's libraries and computer laboratories. Much of the study material is available online.

Study abroad

Study abroad opportunities are optional for students and are currently undertaken in Year 3

How will I learn?

Most courses combine lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and you will be involved in individual as well as team work. The first two years usually involve nine hours of lectures, eight hours of practicals and two hours of tutorials each week. In later years, you will undertake more personal study and research. You will be linked with the lab of a research group.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by coursework, practicals, lab reports, tutorial presentations and exams. A research project or dissertation will form an important part of your final-year assessment.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

The analytical and scientific skills you will gain will equip you for a variety of careers. The core skills which you develop will enhance your employability.

Previous graduates have been employed in the food, environmental and healthcare industries, pharmaceutical and clinical areas, or have moved into other sectors, including patenting, teaching, marketing, accountancy and policy research. Many of our graduates also choose further study before entering successful academic or industry-based research careers.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AABBB/AAAB (S4-S6), to include Biology and Chemistry; grade A is required in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. Qualified applicants are strongly advised to take Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible. National 5: Mathematics or Physics at grade B. English at grade B.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry; Grade A is required in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. GCSEs: English at Grade B. Mathematics or Physics at Grade B.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 555 at HL to include Biology and Chemistry. Diploma must include Mathematics or Physics at SL 6.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Other entry pathways

Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements


For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Biological Sciences with Management

Additional Costs

Students may incur additional costs of up to £150 for each year of the degree for purchasing books or other compulsory study material.

Additional costs may be incurred for optional field courses. There are optional field courses in Years 2 and 3 that you may choose to take. Currently, field course costs vary on average from £150 to £300 per course for transport and accommodation. You may choose to take more than one course between Years 2 and 3. The costs for field courses are due to be paid in the year the course is taken.


For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: Biological Sciences

College: Science and Engineering