Ecology is the study of how organisms behave, evolve, and interact with their physical and biological environments. It seeks to provide the basis for understanding life’s diversity, abundance, and distribution of organisms. As an Ecology student, you will study the richness of the biosphere and how it is affected by human activities like climate change, pollution and the destruction of natural ecosystems.
This single honours programme is recognised as one of the finest and most comprehensive in the country, incorporating the teaching expertise of the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Environmental Sciences. The School of Biological Sciences brings together one of the largest teams of ecologists and evolutionary biologists in the UK in the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation.
Academics from the Schools of Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and International Development teach the core modules of our ecology programmes, with additional tuition carried out by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
A Level: ABB including Biology
International Baccalaureate: 32 points including Higher Level Biology at grade 5 and one other Higher Level subject at grade 5
Scottish Highers: AABBB including Biology and one other science subject
Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB including Biology. Other Sciences at Advanced Higher level would confer an advantage
Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB at higher level including Biology and at least two science subjects
Access Course: Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology
BTEC: DDM in a relevant subject area, with at least 6 units of Biology
European Baccalaureate: 75% overall, with at least 70% in Biology
93% of our undergraduates who were available for work, found employment or study within six months of finishing their studies.
A degree from the School of Biological Sciences will provide you with a range of professional and postgraduate opportunities. Biological scientists are at the forefront of biomedical, agricultural and ecological research and you will graduate with excellent career prospects - both within science and in the wider employment market.
The knowledge, research and communication skills you develop here will also equip you to engage with wider employment sectors. A third of our graduates also progress on to higher degrees such as Masters and PhDs, taking up posts in university, medical and industrial research laboratories.
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