BSc (Hons) Biology

Study Biology at Stirling and you study life. Our degree course will give you the skills and knowledge needed for any of the diverse careers in biology.

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date January 2021, September 2021, January 2022
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • UCAS Code C100
  • Study abroad opportunities

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Are you interested in the evolution of animal behaviour, the genetic engineering of crops or the hidden worlds of molecular and cell biology? Are you curious about how plants and animals will respond to climate change?

Our course will teach you the full scope of life through multiple biological disciplines: from bacteria to blue whales, from enzymes to ecosystems. For the first two years you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the general processes that govern life on Earth, before specialising according to your interests in the latter half of the degree programme. As you develop your practical skills you’ll become involved with research, giving you the opportunity to contribute to biological discoveries.

Fieldwork will be an essential part of your training. In addition to fieldwork in Scotland, we run optional fieldtrips in Years 3 and 4. One course is currently situated in southern Europe (for example, recent trips have travelled to the French Cévennes Mountains, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, to the CERES Field Centre in Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina on the western Portuguese Atlantic coast). Another is based at Gabon’s Lopé National Park, in the heart of the western Congo Basin, where Stirling scientists have a long history of ecological and conservation management research.

Our staff, active in international research, will ensure you have the skills and in-depth knowledge required for any of the diverse careers in biology.

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Catriona Henderson
BSc (Hons) Biology
Studying Biology at the University of Stirling has been one of the best decisions I have made; the courses are interesting and well thought out, the staff are very approachable, and I feel fully prepared for graduate employment.
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