Biological SciencesUniversity of Dundee
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Our Biological Sciences degree is a broad-based program which allows you to combine a wider range of subjects than a single Honours degree.
Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree
The huge breadth of biology offers a corresponding wealth of opportunities for students who choose to study it to follow many paths through to a final degree.
Biological sciences is the growth industry of the 21st century, with increasing capacity for humans to intervene in, control and perhaps repair defective biological systems. Genetic manipulation of plants and animals, in particular, offers enormous possibilities for improving our lives but, at the same time, there are inherent dangers present in the unthinking application of these techniques. The next generation of professional biologists will have to play an important role, not only in the continued development of such methods, but also in deciding how they can be responsibly and safely applied.
Our relationship with the rest of the natural world is one which has been established over many hundreds of millions of years, and the early modules of the biological sciences program have a strong evolutionary theme. They emphasise the fact that it is impossible to understand any aspect of biology unless you have a clear understanding of its most important general theory – evolution by natural selection.
Throughout the program there is an emphasis on laboratory teaching, and students are encouraged to see the blending of field and laboratory based research as essential to the training of a properly rounded biological scientist.
The program of Honours research projects benefits from our links with outside bodies such as the James Hutton Institute (J.H.I.)
Pass gradesScottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)HigherA-CAdvanced HigherA-CStandard Grade1-3Intermediate 2A-CNational 5A-CGeneral Certificate of Education (GCE)A-LevelA-DAS LevelA-DGCSEA-CIrish Leaving Certificate (ILC)Higher LevelA-COrdinary LevelA-CInternational Baccalaureate (IB)Higher Level5-7Standard Level4-7
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Levels 1 and 2
All Life Sciences degree programs share common core modules at Level 1 that provide a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated program of lectures, tutorials, practical work and field excursions.
At Level 3 you specialise much more in biochemistry, molecular genetics and molecular biology, and you choose additional subjects that interest you to study alongside your main subject.
Your studies at Level 4 will be at the level of current research in your chosen subject area.
Advanced study of topics in biochemistry, molecular genetics and molecular biology with additional options chosen from related subject areas such as microbiology and developmental biology.
Your studies will involve extensive use of scientific literature and the opportunity to attend a regular program of seminars given by invited speakers from Britain and abroad.
All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course procedures. Regular in-course assessments (e.g. practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises) provide feedback on your progress and help you prepare for end-of-module examinations.
On-line assignments are used extensively at Levels 1 and 2, with access via a PC on or off campus. Peer assessment operates in many team projects.
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