Our New Level-2 Courses

Many of our visiting students combine our courses with selections from the Colleges of the Arts, Social Sciences or Science & Engineering. 

Our Level-1 courses are open to all students, while admission to Level-2 courses requires some academic background in Biology. The options open to incoming Level 3 & 4 students will be considered on an individual basis.

We’ve recently redesigned our Level-2 programme with the addition of several new 30 SCOTCAT credit courses. One SCOTCAT credit is equal to ten hours of effort:

Fundamental Topics in Biology 2 (Biology 2X)

This course covers a number of areas within biological sciences with an emphasis on the relationships between molecules, cells and complexsystems.

The course consists of five main themes:

  • Fundamental Molecular Biology
  • Genomes to Ecosystems
  • Systems to Cells
  • Microbes and the Immune System
  • Ageing and Disease

Our integrated laboratory classes will help consolidateand develop skills including molecular techniques, results analysis, presentation and statistics.

*30 credits


Key Skills in Biology 2 (Biology 2Y)

This course develops a range of skills that will prepare you for future study in any area of biological sciences.

You will explore six areas of Biology: 

  • Me, Myself, I
  • Extreme Biology 
  • The Glasgow Effect
  • Forensics
  • Doping
  • One Health

By the end of the course, you will have developed skills and techniques that can be used to critically analyse a range of scientific questions and ethical decisions that affect human and animal populations, from a local to a global scale.

*30 credits


Animal Biology, Evolution and Ecology 2 (Biology 2A)

This course covers multiple themes across zoology, encompassing terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

The course is arranged into four blocks:

  • Radiations and Extinctions
  • Evolution and Diversity
  • Living Together
  • Life in the Holocene

You will have the chance to develop your skills as a biologist outside of the classroom through practical work, seminars and workshops.

*30 credits


Genes, Molecules and Cells 2 (Biology 2B)

This course will open your mind to the complexity of biological systems, to the molecular basis of life and how these mechanisms are regulated in healthy organisms but may fail in disease.

The course comprises four themes:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental Perception
  • Developmental Biology
  • Enzymes and Energy

You will take part in a ‘designer organism’ group event which supports the development of your study skills.

*30 credits


Human Biological Sciences 2 (Biology 2C)

This course will help you consolidate and develop in vitro and in vivo techniques, results analysis and presentation.

We will introduce integrative biology using examples at cell, organ and system levels for the major organ systems to demonstrate how homeostatic processes function to control important biological processes.

By the end of the course, you will have developed practical and analytical techniques that ensure you are well placed to analyse the scientific questions that most affect us, as humans.

*30 credits


Microbiology and Immunology 2 (Biology 2D)

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the main principles in microbiology and immunology, from the unique aspects of micro-organisms in diverse environments, to understanding the cells and molecules that make up the immune system.

The course consists of five linked themes:

  • Global Influence of Microbes
  • Fundamentals in Microbiology
  • Fundamentals in Immunology
  • Infection Biology
  • Immunology in Action

You will learn how infectious agents combat hostimmune defences and how aberrations in theimmune response can lead to disease.

*30 credits


Functional Anatomy for International Pre-Medical Students

Available in Semesters 1 & 2

This course is designed primarily for students considering studying postgraduate medicine (or other Healthcare courses) in North America.

It follows a similar pattern to first year medical courses in Anatomy, with emphases on function, clinical applications and study techniques.

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe anatomical structures using appropriate medical terminology
  • Perform cadaveric dissection and identify structures
  • Identify structures on radiographs or related images
  • Discuss applications of anatomical knowledge to clinical situations
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to the interpretation of clinical scenarios as presented in USMLE-style assessments

You will gain hands-on experience of key anatomical skills by cadaveric dissection, prosection and interpretation of radiographs.

*20 credits