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Molecular 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

Molecular Biology is the investigation at the molecular level of all aspects of cells and tissues from simple systems in bacteria to more complex systems in plants and mammals. It has been responsible for spectacular successes in the treatment of disease caused either by bacteria and viruses on the one hand, or inborn genetic errors on the other. Molecular Biology is central to current investigations to understand the genetic basis of human disease and pathology, as well as to the development of improved crops.

This degree programme will provide you with a broad base of knowledge regarding molecular biology at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels. Additionally, you will gain an in depth understanding of selected aspects of Molecular Biology which will reflect the research expertise and strengths within the School, and you will be instructed in the many applications of this subject.

Molecular Biology is the investigation at the molecular level of all aspects of cells and tissues from simple systems in bacteria to more complex systems in plants and mammals. It has been responsible for spectacular successes in the treatment of disease caused either by bacteria and viruses on the one hand, or inborn genetic errors on the other. Molecular Biology is central to current...

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Course Content

A degree in Molecular 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 and Chemistry for Life Sciences plus additional courses selected from science and other areas.

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points

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

The Cell (SM1501) - 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

In year 2 you will take a selection of courses that offer a training in fundamental aspects of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology.

Compulsory Courses

Genes and Evolution (BI2017) - 15 Credit Points

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

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

Energy for Life (BI25M7) - 15 Credit Points

Microbes, Infection and Immunity (BI25M5) - 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

Year 3 courses on Molecular Biology of the Cell, the Molecular Control of the Cell Function together with the Genetics course provide insight into the molecular foundation of life.

Compulsory Courses

Molecular Biology of the Cell (MB3006) - 30 Credit Points

The Molecular Control of Cell Function (BC3503) - 30 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 molecular 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 Biochemistry - Option 2 (BC4314) - 15 Credit Points

Honours Genetics - Option 1 (GN4010) - 15 Credit Points

Honours Advanced Molecular Biology (MB4050) - 30 Credit Points

Molecular Biology Honours Research Project (MB4502) - 60 Credit Points

A degree in Molecular 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...

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Available Dates

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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
GENETICS
95%
of students were satisfied overall
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
92%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
GENETICS
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
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
93% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
85% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
93% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
74% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
GENETICS
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
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
63% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
78% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
GENETICS
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
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
89% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
78% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
37% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
70% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
GENETICS
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
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
93% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
89% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
93% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
GENETICS
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
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
70% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
70% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
78% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
GENETICS
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
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
92% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
70% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
85% 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
GENETICS
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
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
78% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
81% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
GENETICS
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
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY
92% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
84% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
76% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
56% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics for Genetics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points112

  • Employment Rate80%

  • Average Graduate Salary£19000

Statistics for Molecular Biology, Biophysics And Biochemistry

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points48

  • Employment Rate100%

  • Average Graduate SalaryN/A

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