BSc (Hons) in Biology


Program Description


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: from bacteria to blue whales, from enzymes to ecosystems. For the first two years, we’ll show you the broadest possible perspective in Biology before you specialise according to your interests. As you develop your practical skills you’ll become involved with research, giving you the opportunity to contribute to biological discoveries.

As well as field work around Scotland, you can undertake an inspiring 10-day field course at the Cévennes National Park in France, a UNESCO reserve of huge biodiversity and wild mountain beauty. You can also study abroad through our well-established connections with North American, Australian and European universities.

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.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Stirling is the perfect place to study biology with wild landscapes and habitats on our doorstep

#2 Our students have a 87% satisfaction rate with our course, with 90% in work or doing further study six months after finishing (NSS 2020)

#3 Our contacts with conservation and environmental organisations will give you real-world career knowledge

Course details

Training is provided in laboratory and field skills across the entire scope of biology, from cell biology through physiology to ecology.

During Semesters 1-4 you’ll take core modules in Cell Biology, Physiology, Genes and Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity. You’ll learn practical skills in Natural Sciences and Quantitative Techniques and do a field course for ecology and identification skills. Additionally, you can select from modules offered in Ecosystem, Environmental and Aquatic Sciences.

During Semesters 5 – 6 you’ll take a core module in Plant Ecology and Physiology and you’ll also take five modules from a range of options in animal and human biology.

In Semesters 7-8, our range of specialist half-modules allows you to specialise in an area of biology that particularly interests you. You’ll undertake an independent research project and study between four or six advanced modules from a range of options.

Final-year projects are a challenging yet valuable part of our degrees. In recent years, students on the Biology course have completed projects within the broad disciplines of Animal Behaviour, Plant Physiology and Ecology, Animal Ecology, Molecular Cell Biology, Parasitology, Molecular and Population Genetics. Some have been so good they were published. Projects are supervised by our staff, but may also be carried out in conjunction with an external organisation.


Dr Stuart Auld

+44 (0)1786 467857

Dr Charles Eliot Timothy Paine

+44 (0) 1786 467785

Fees - 2021/22

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £17,900
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £17,900*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society.

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society. Read less