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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Molecular Biology


BSc Molecular Biology: First year
Code Module name Credits
BL1101 Biology 1 20 AND
BL1102 Biology 2 20 AND
Remaining credits from Level 1000 options

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in the academic year


BSc Molecular Biology: Second year
Code Module name Credits
^ BL2300 Research Methods in Biology 15 AND
^ BL2302 Molecular Biology 15 AND
^ BL2306 Biochemistry 15 AND
^ BL2309 Applied Molecular Biology 15 AND
Remaining credits from Levels 1000 and 2000 options AND

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in the academic year
Choose a minimum of 80 Level 2000 credits

Automatic entry to Honours requires

  • pass and have an average grade 11 or better in modules marked ^

Entry to Honours

Students who attain an average of grade 11.0 or above at the first sitting in the requisite 2000-level modules and who meet all other programme requirements will be given automatic offers of entry into Honours programmes*.
*Apart from students on Integrated Masters degrees.
Students permitted automatic entry to Honours will only be permitted to trail one module to a maximum of 30 sub-honours credits into Honours.

Some Schools permit qualified entry to Honours (see www.st-andrews.ac.uk/media/teaching-and-learning/policies/honsentry.pdf )

BSc Honours

The general requirements are 480 credits over a period of normally four years (and not more than five years) or part-time equivalent, of which the final two years form an approved Honours programme of 240 credits, of which 90 credits are at 4000 level and at least a further 120 credits at 3000 and/or 4000 levels.


BSc Molecular Biology: Third year
Code Module name Credits
BL3301 Protein Structure and Function 20 AND
BL3302 Gene Regulation 20 AND
BL3311 Infection and Disease 20 AND
BL3320 Statistical and Quantitative Skills for Biologists 10 AND
BL3322 Basic Biochemistry Laboratory 10 AND
View list 40 credits from Module List: BL3303, BL3310, PN3312
BL3303 Membranes and Cell Communication 20
BL3310 Bioenergetics 20
PN3312 Pharmacology 20
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in academic year


BSc Molecular Biology: Fourth year
Code Module name Credits
BL4210 Practical Skills for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 15 AND
( BL4200 Literature-based Research Project 30 OR
BL4201 Experimental Research Project 60 ) AND
View list Between 30 and 75 credits from Molecular Biology Fourth Year Optional Modules AND
BL4211 Antimicrobials - Mode of Action and Resistance 15
BL4212 How Enzymes Work 15
BL4213 Molecular Virology 15
BL4215 Bacterial Virulence Factors 15
BL4216 Structure-based Drug Discovery 15
BL4223 Molecular and cell biology of eukaryotic DNA replication 15
BL4224 Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Trafficking 15
PN4230 Neurodegeneration and Aging 15
BL5420 Advanced Microscopy and Image Analysis - Seeing is Believing 15
BL5421 Chromatin and Genome Stability 15
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above
View list Between 0 and 15 credits from Molecular Biology Fourth Year Optional (Restricted) Modules
BL4220 Geomicrobiology - from Gold Mines to Global Warming, how Microbes influence our Planet 15
BL4255 Marine and Environmental Biotechnology 15
BL4273 Bioinformatics for Biologists 15
ID4001 Communication and Teaching in Science 15
Note:
- Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
- Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them

For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in academic year


Other information

With the permission of the Director of Teaching up to 20 credits per programme may be taken in a module outwith the specified modules in all School of Biology Programmes. Where there are choices between modules in the programmes, some options may have pre-requisites therefore the 1000- and 2000-level modules taken may limit choices. The availability of 4000-level modules in the School of Biology will be dependent on sufficient student demand.

Study abroad

In the case of students who spend part of the Honours programme on a recognised Study Abroad scheme, the Programme Requirements will be amended to take into account overseas courses which are approved by the relevant St Andrews School in the Learning Agreement (see www.st-andrews.ac.uk/studyabroad/outgoingstudents/AcademicInformation ).