Biological and Environmental Sciences Subject Area

A wide range of biological science degree options, allowing you to shape your studies to suit your career aspirations and interests.


Our undergraduate degree programmes have a number of benefits including a wide choice of courses, a strong focus on field- and lab-based teaching, and multiple opportunities for you to engage in research.

The School of Biological Sciences is recognised internationally for its work in understanding and quantifying environmental change, global change modelling, genomics, fish immunology, obesity and ageing research, plant-soil-microbe interactions, remediation technology, deep ocean biology, fisheries science and large-scale empirical ecological studies integrated with molecular and modelling approaches. This expertise underpins our teaching curriculum and shapes our approach to research-led teaching.

Why Study Biological and Environmental Sciences?

  • We are recognized internationally for our expertise in zoology, marine biology, plant and soil science, physiology, ecology and conservation and our teaching is delivered by world-class experts.
  • Our disciplinary breadth allows us to offer a wide range of BSc programmes. Students within each programme have access to a wide range of optional courses in the school and the university.
  • We are one of the only universities in the UK carrying out world-class research on mammals, birds, fish AND invertebrates.
  • In Aberdeen we have easy access to fantastic natural environments, including coastline and marine habitats, mountain and river systems, Caledonian forests and farmland.
  • We embed field-based teaching in many of our courses to ensure you develop practical skills, become familiar with case studies and a diversity of perspectives.
  • Our base in Old Aberdeen is set within the beautiful Cruickshank Botanic Gardens and incorporates our distinguished Zoology Museum.
  • We enjoy access to state-of-the-art field-based research facilities at Oceanlab on the Ythan Estuary, our sea mammal research centre on the Black Isle (Lighthouse Field Station), Bettyhill and Einhallow.
  • Our degree programmes are both current and well-established. We consistently achieve high levels of student satisfaction and our graduates are well-respected by employers. In 2013-2014 our overall student satisfaction was 93% as measured by the NSS.
  • Our students value the rich practical and field components of our programmes and the high level of support they get during their final year projects.
  • All of our first and second year courses include practical teaching where you gain experience developing laboratory skills and applying classroom theory to problem solving.
  • Our degree programmes are flexible to allow you to tailor your studies to your interests. The flexibility allows you to sample courses in biological and non-biological subjects, to move between programmes, and to take a year out to study abroad.
  • We provide excellent academic advice and pastoral support to help you consider your options throughout your degree.

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