ISS MVLS Pre-University Summer School (Life Sciences) BIOL1017

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

A Pre-University research-based Life Sciences project for Senior High School students.


Full time between mid-July and end-July (2 weeks).

Requirements of Entry

Course is only available to students enrolled on Plan code C100B-1506

Excluded Courses





The course will be assessed by an oral presentation (100%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Students will return to their home countries the day after their oral presentation so there will be no opportunity for re-assessment. In exceptional cases, an online presentation may be submitted.

Course Aims

The Course is designed to achieve four main aims:

 • to provide an opportunity to develop laboratory skills

 • to provide an opportunity to develop scientific critical thinking and analysis skills in a research


 • to enhance general study and self-directed learning skills

 • to experience learning on a U.K. University Campus


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe and discuss a basic understanding of the literature related to the research project;

■ Apply research skills appropriate to the area of specialisation;

■ Analyse scientific data, including data collected in the laboratory;

■ Deliver a give a clear, well-constructed oral presentation describing their research to their peers. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must complete and deliver the Oral Presentation assessment. Attendance and participation at all sessions is required.