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Biology and Psychology BSc (Hons)

University of Stirling

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UCAS CODE: CC18

Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    14-SEP-20

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Are you interested in any of the following? • The evolution of animal behaviour • Genetic engineering of crop plants • The fossil record • The response of plants and animals to climate change, or •The biological molecules that underpin respiration and development. If the answer is yes, you’ll have the opportunity to find out about them and more as a biologist at Stirling. Biologists study the immeasurable diversity of living organisms amongst which we live on planet earth. During a biology degree you will study organisms from bacteria to blue whales, investigating systems ranging from enzymes to ecosystems. Of all the biological sciences degrees, Biology has the greatest flexibility, and module choice increases as students progress through their degree. In year 4, our range of specialist half-modules allows students to specialise in an area of biology that they have become particularly interested. Training is provided in both laboratory and field skills. As well as the beautiful campus in which the University is situated, we have a wide range of superb landscapes and habitats on our doorstep, and make the most of these throughout the degree. Final-year projects are a challenging yet valuable part of our degrees, and some have been so good they were published. These are supervised by a member of staff in the School but may also be carried out in conjunction with an external organisation. Examples of recent titles include: • The role of the blood brain barrier in HIV infections • Searching for evidence of division of labour within flowers: characterisation of anther dimorphism in the genus Solanum • Competition between clonal fragments and seedlings in Mimulus guttatus • Ultraviolet light, skin collagen and ageing • Mechanisms of sperm storage and its use in seaweed flies • Fruit fly promiscuity: influences on female fitness. The programme includes a compulsory field class in Scotland in year 2, and optional field courses during year 4. (Students must pay most of the costs of their travel, accommodation, and subsistence for field courses.) During the field trips, students learn various techniques in field sampling, identification, experimental design, data analysis and presentation. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. During this course you will investigate how and why humans (and other animals) behave in the ways they do, and learn about the mental processes driving these behaviours. As you’ll discover, Psychology is a very broad subject, covering such diverse areas as brain function, perceiving the world and even the social interactions in a football crowd. Psychology at Stirling is internationally renowned for research and this feeds into teaching. In our taught modules, you learn of the importance of research in furthering the understanding of behaviour and, in practical work, develop research skills of your own. Semesters 1 – 2 comprise an introduction to psychology as a biological and behavioural science including: Developmental Psychology; Brain and Behaviour; Language and Thinking; Animal Behaviour; Clinical and Abnormal Psychology; Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. Other modules on this course may include: Research Methods, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences, Cognition, Animal Behaviour and Clinical and Health Psychology. In the final year of our Single Honours Programme, as well as an individual research project, you will choose from a wide variety of electives that are designed to allow you to explore topics that interest you and build your employability skills. Teaching is by workshops, small discussion groups and practical sessions such as laboratory work or field work. There are opportunities for placements with prospective employers and fieldw

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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£ 15,600per year

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A level : BBB

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University information

University of Stirling

  • University League Table

    43rd

  • Campus address

    University of Stirling, Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    50th out of 102 10

    30th out of 117 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    164 68%

    20th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57.0 57%

    92nd

    4
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%

    80th

    9
  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    159 73%

    23rd

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67.0 67%

    44th

    5
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.80 76%

    105th

    21

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