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BSc in Biomedical Sciences (Developmental Biology) (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Biomedical Sciences

Course Description

In the first two years of your degree, you will gain a broad knowledge of subjects related to medical science and in scientific research methods. In addition, you will enhance your critical analysis abilities, while developing your interpersonal skills through team-working and oral/written communications.

Advanced knowledge of developmental biology will be acquired in the third and fourth years of the programme. Research in Developmental Biology is central to the search for cures for many human genetic diseases, including cancer, and is at the forefront of recent advances in modern medicine, which includes stem cell maintenance regeneration and tissue repair.

In the first two years of your degree, you will gain a broad knowledge of subjects related to medical science and in scientific research methods. In addition, you will enhance your critical analysis abilities, while developing your interpersonal skills through team-working and oral/written communications. Advanced knowledge of developmental biology will be acquired in the third and...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Year 1 will prepare you for more detailed studies of human physiology developmental biology that will be made in the second year of study.

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

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

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (CM1512) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Year 2 courses will build on your understanding of medical science and explore developmental biology in more detail.

Compulsory Courses

Physiology of Human Cells (BI20B2) - 15 Credit Points

Molecular Biology of the Gene (BI20M3) - 15 Credit Points

Human Anatomy A (BM2009) - 15 Credit Points

Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2001) - 15 Credit Points

Physiology of Human Organ Systems (BI25B2) - 15 Credit Points

Energy for Life (BI25M7) - 15 Credit Points

Human Anatomy B (BM2509) - 15 Credit Points

Research Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2501) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

In year 3, you will move on to focus on your chosen specialism of developmental biology, and your courses will reflect this.

Compulsory Courses

Human Embryonic Development (AN3301) - 15 Credit Points

Development of Organ Systems (DB3804) - 15 Credit Points

Principles of Developmental and Reproductive Biology (DB3006) - 15 Credit Points

The Early Embryo (DB3503) - 15 Credit Points

Genetics (GN3502) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 4

The Honours year aims to explore in depth, specific aspects of developmental biology. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or in local research institutes.

Compulsory Courses

Honours candidates are required to take both a two hour general examination (SM 4901) and a three hour problem solving examination (SM 4902) at the end of the Final Honours Year.

Advanced Molecules Membranes and Cells (Stem Cells and Regeneration) (BM4010) - 30 Credit Points

Evolution and Development (DB4002) - 15 Credit Points

Developmental Neuroscience (PY4302) - 15 Credit Points

Biomedical Sciences Honours Project (BM4501) - 60 Credit Points

Year 1 Year 1 will prepare you for more detailed studies of human physiology developmental biology that will be made in the second year of study. Compulsory Courses Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points Chemistry for the Life...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers - AAAB*
A Levels - ABB*
IB - 34 points, 6 at HL*
ILC - 5H with 4 at H2 AND 1 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)*
*Including Chemistry and one other Science/Mathematics subject.

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 - AAAB* A Levels - ABB* IB - 34 points, 6 at HL* ILC - 5H with 4 at H2 AND 1 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)* *Including Chemistry and one other Science/Mathematics subject. English Language...

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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 learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year 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 learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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