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Human Embryology and Developmental Biology

University of Aberdeen

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Developmental Biology is the modern synthesis of biological and medical sciences that looks at how the tissues and organs of our bodies are built.

This degree programme will provide a broad and multifaceted training in modern biology, ranging from traditional morphology and experimental embryology to the latest molecular and bioinformatics approaches in genetics, cell biology, stem cell biology and biotechnology.

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.

Developmental Biology is the modern synthesis of biological and medical sciences that looks at how the tissues and organs of our bodies are built. This degree programme will provide a broad and multifaceted training in modern biology, ranging from traditional morphology and experimental embryology to the latest molecular and bioinformatics approaches in genetics, cell biology, stem...

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Course Content

A degree in Human Embryology & Developmental Biology is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.

  • Year 1

In year 1 you will take courses in Medical Sciences (including a first taster of Developmental Biology and a closer look at the cell) and Chemistry for Life Sciences. You will also take courses selected from science and other areas.

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

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

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

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

In year 2 introduce the broad foundation for Human Embryology and Developmental Biology, in addition you will be taught core research skills and complete a project on a developmental disease or embryological topic of your choice.

Compulsory Courses

Physiology of Human Cells (BI20B2) - 15 Credit Points

Molecular Biology of the Gene (BI20M3) - 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

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

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

In year 3 you are provided with an in depth study of Embryology, Birth Defects and Developmental Biology.

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

In your Honours year the focus of taught courses is on special 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

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

Developmental Biology Honours Project (DB4501) - 60 Credit Points

A degree in Human Embryology & Developmental Biology is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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Foresterhill Campus Aberdeen

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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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 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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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
ZOOLOGY
96%
of students were satisfied overall
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
95%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
ZOOLOGY
100% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
98% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
93% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
88% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
100% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
95% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
93% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
79% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
ZOOLOGY
93% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
88% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
87% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
93% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
76% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
74% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
ZOOLOGY
92% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
80% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
69% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
80% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
79% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
74% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
45% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
69% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
ZOOLOGY
99% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
85% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
67% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
98% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
76% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
75% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
ZOOLOGY
88% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
77% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
82% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
76% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
86% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
83% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
ZOOLOGY
86% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
90% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
98% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
78% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
85% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
90% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
ZOOLOGY
87% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
99% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
60% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
76% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
ZOOLOGY
97% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
90% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
74% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
57% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
88% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
81% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
55% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
32% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics for Zoology

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points112

  • Employment Rate80%

  • Average Graduate Salary£17000

Statistics for Molecular Biology, Biophysics And Biochemistry

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS PointsN/A

  • Employment Rate85%

  • Average Graduate Salary£19000

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