Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

BSc Reproductive Biology

UCAS code: C142

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

College: Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Study abroad

Introducing BSc Reproductive Biology

Reproductive biology aims to understand the scientific principles that govern reproduction in humans and other mammals.

You will study the requirements for reproduction, including the production of sufficient numbers of viable gametes, fertilisation, implantation in a receptive uterus, formation of a placenta that can sustain and nurture a baby, and delivery at full term.

Advances in this field provided the knowledge for assisted conception and revolutionised reproductive medicine and veterinary practice.

Year 1

The main theme you will study is the importance of biomedical sciences to medicine and health. You will learn how biomedical science discoveries and breakthroughs in understanding have led to medical and scientific advancement.

You will take three compulsory courses covering biomedical sciences, medical biology, and molecular and cellular biology, plus others from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical courses. You will also be expected to take at least one course in biological chemistry.

Year 2

The theme of your second year is foundational understanding of biomedical sciences, which includes essential learning applicable to biomedical disciplines.

You will take three compulsory courses:

  • Biomedical Sciences 2
  • Microorganisms, Infection & Immunity 2
  • Cells to Organisms 2

You will choose other courses from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical options.

Year 3

You will study two compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences 3, the cornerstone to the theme of developing knowledge from experiment, and Reproductive Biology 3.

You will develop key graduate attributes, including analytical and communication skills. You will study a combination of compulsory and option courses to broaden your understanding of your chosen subject.

Year 4

The final year theme is research in practice. You will study two compulsory courses: Reproductive Biology Project Planning and Practical Skills and Research Skills in Reproductive Biology together with two option courses covering cutting-edge topics in more depth.

With individual supervisor support you will complete a major research project that can involve original laboratory-based research or library-based, literature analysis-based research.

Programme structure

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

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2019/20)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place at both the University's Central Area and the King's Buildings campus. In the final year, some teaching takes place in the Chancellor’s Building at Little France, and the Western General Hospital. All sites offer state-of-the-art lecture theatres and laboratory facilities.

Study materials are available online. You will have full access to the University's libraries and computer laboratories.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Europe, North America and Asia.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical work, problem-based learning and computer-assisted learning. In Years 3 and 4, there will be more emphasis on self-directed study and discussion sessions with internationally renowned research scientists.

How will I be assessed?

In-course assessment and exams are used in all years of the programmes. Your degree classification will be based on your performance in Years 3 and 4.

Our programmes will appeal to those planning a career in biomedical research or related areas as well as graduate-entry careers in industry, management and the public sector. The broad analytical, scientific and personal skills you gain will equip you for a variety of careers.

Previous graduates have been employed in science and in non-science sectors including teaching, marketing, accountancy and policy research. A large proportion of our graduates choose further study before entering successful academic or industry-based research careers.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB - ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB in one set of exams.
  • IB: 36 points with 66 at HL - 32 points with 65 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 32 points with 65 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Higher: Biology and Chemistry at grade B. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. Qualified applicants are advised to take Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible. National 5: Mathematics at grade C. English at grade C.
  • A Levels: Biology and Chemistry at grade B. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. GCSEs: Mathematics and English at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Biology and Chemistry, one at grade 5 and one at grade 6. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. SL: English at grade 5 and Mathematics at grade 4. From 2021, only the Mathematics: Analysis and approaches pathway will be accepted where Mathematics is required.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AB to include Biology and Chemistry.
  • A Levels: AAB, in one set of exams, to include Biology and Chemistry.
  • IB: Overall score of 36 points, including HL Grade 6 Biology and Chemistry.

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB 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 or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 23 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 169 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

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive nformation.)

Please apply for only one Biomedical Sciences programme. You will have the opportunity to switch between programmes in later years provided the required courses have been passed.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Reproductive Biology

Additional costs

None.

Funding

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