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BSc in Behavioural Biology (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Behavioural Biology

Course Description

Behavioural Biology is an interdisciplinary degree and field of science that examines the bidirectional interactions between behaviour and biology. An organism’s genetic, physiological and immunological processes drive behaviour, just as an individual's behaviour will impact on its physiological and immunological state.

Our Behavioural Biology degree differs from our Animal Behaviour degree as the focus is predominantly on Tinbergen’s questions on the mechanisms and functional significance of behaviour, and less on the evolutionary and development principles.

Behavioural Biology is an interdisciplinary degree and field of science that examines the bidirectional interactions between behaviour and biology. An organism’s genetic, physiological and immunological processes drive behaviour, just as an individual's behaviour will impact on its physiological and immunological state. Our Behavioural Biology degree differs from our Animal...

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Course Content

Each year you take a selection of compulsory courses and optional courses that can be chosen from those on offer across the institution. The first two years lay a foundation for the more specialised third and fourth years.

  • Year 1

All students take eight courses in the first year. On this degree you will take six compulsory courses and two electives. The two electives can be selected from any discipline in the university.

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009) - 15 Credit Points

Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (PS1009) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

Diversity of Life 2 (BI1512) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

In year two six courses are compulsory and two are electives.

Compulsory Courses

Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BEST) (BI2018) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory (PS2017) - 15 Credit Points

Genes and Evolution (BI2017) - 15 Credit Points

Ecology (BI2020) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory (PS2517) - 15 Credit Points

Principles of Animal Physiology (BI2510) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from second half-session courses of choice.

  • Year 3

At level 3 you will take eight courses: six compulsory and two electives. The electives can be selected from the range of courses offered in the university and include Animals in Captivity, Life History Evolution and Environmental Physiology.

Compulsory Courses

Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (BI3010) - 15 Credit Points

Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (ZO3011) - 15 Credit Points

Biological Psychology (PS3014) - 15 Credit Points

Behavioural Biology (BI3505) - 15 Credit Points

Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology (BM3502) - 15 Credit Points

Consciousness (SX3504) - 15 Credit Points

Field Skills in Animal Behaviour (BI3810) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus 15 credit points from courses of choice at level 3.

  • Year 4

In year 4, the honours year, you will carry out a research project as well as writing an extended essay and completing advanced courses of your choosing.

Compulsory Courses

SBS Honours Project (Semester 1) (BI4016) - 45 Credit Points

Cognitive Neuroscience (PS4510) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus 60 credit points from courses of choice, at least 30 of which must be from courses delivered by the School of Biological Sciences at level 4.

Each year you take a selection of compulsory courses and optional courses that can be chosen from those on offer across the institution. The first two years lay a foundation for the more specialised third and fourth years. Year 1 All students take eight courses in the first year. On this degree you will take six compulsory courses and two...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies gained on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies gained on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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