Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is comprised of eight Schools and is led by the Dean of Science. The Faculty offers modular programmes, each of which leads to an Honours degree in Pure Science. If you are a suitably well-qualified candidate, you may be offered entry into the second year, depending on the programme you are applying for.

Schools within the Faculty of Science include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geography and Sustainable Development
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology and Neuroscience.

Degrees awarded

Seven degrees are offered by the Faculty of Science:

  • The BSc (Bachelor of Science) Honours is awarded to students who complete 480 credits over a period of four years (or three, for some subjects).
  • The MSci (Master in Science) Honours is awarded to students who complete 600 credits over a period of five years.
  • The MChem (Master in Chemistry) Honours is awarded to students who complete 600 credits over a period of five years (or four, for some students).
  • The MPhys (Master in Physics) Honours is awarded to students who complete 600 credits over a period of five years (or four, for some students).
  • The MMath (Master of Mathematics) Honours is awarded to students who complete 600 credits over a period of five years (or four, for some students).
  • The MGeol (Master in Geology) Honours is awarded to students who complete 600 credits over a period of five years (or four, for some students).
  • The BSc (General Bachelor of Science) in Pure Science is awarded to students who complete 360 credits over a period of three years.

Degree structure

In the first year of a degree programme in the Faculty of Science, you will be given considerable flexibility and may take new subjects, some of which require no previous knowledge. You can choose three different science subjects with the possibility of pursuing any one to Honours level, or you can focus your studies on just one subject. You will also be given the option to explore modules in other Faculties.

You will then progress to second year after passing the correct first year modules; some students with appropriate qualifications may be offered Direct Entry to second year.

If you are studying for a BSc, you will be admitted to a two-year Honours programme at the end of second year, provided your performance so far has been of an acceptable standard. Your final choice of Honours programmes will depend upon the modules you chose to study within your first year.

If you are studying for one of the Faculty's five-year degrees, such as the MMath or MPhys, which involve more advanced study and a more substantial final year dissertation, you must meet a higher standard of performance in the relevant second year modules.

You can read more information about the core and option modules for specific degree programmes in the course search, which offers more details about the structure and content of each programme.

Entrance requirements

The specific subject entrance requirements listed on the subject pages are in addition to the following minimum Faculty Requirements. Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

  1. SQA National 5 in English and Mathematics (or approved science*), at Grade B or above AND two SQA Highers in approved sciences*
  2. GCSE in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics (or an approved science*) at Grade B or above AND one GCE A-Level or equivalent, in an approved science*
  3. Passes in other examinations at such levels and in such subjects as the Dean may accept as a qualification equivalent to those mentioned.

Example of equivalents:

IB Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) in English and Mathematics AND one HL in an approved science*. 

The Dean of the Faculty may grant exemptions from these conditions under some circumstances.

*approved sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or equivalent, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology

Further information on entrance requirements

  1. Candidates may satisfy the entrance requirements by successful completion of special entry or Access courses.
  2. Applications from mature candidates are welcome and entrance requirements may be relaxed for such candidates in the light of other qualifications and/or experience.
  3. Other UK qualifications such as Open University credits may be accepted in full or partial satisfaction of the Faculty Entrance Requirements.
  4. International students whose first language is not English must have a certain level of English which can be indicated either by a satisfactory score in English language requirements or other proof of English language proficiency such as a high level of achievement within an international qualification.