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University of Stirling

Biology and Mathematics

UCAS Code: CG11

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

To include Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

To include Mathematics at Higher Level grade 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

To include Mathematics.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B

AAAB over 2 sittings. To include Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Biology

Mathematics

Are you interested in any of the following? • The evolution of animal behaviour • Genetic engineering of crop plants • The fossil record • The response of plants and animals to climate change, or •The biological molecules that underpin respiration and development. If the answer is yes, you’ll have the opportunity to find out about them and more as a biologist at Stirling. Biologists study the immeasurable diversity of living organisms amongst which we live on planet earth. During a biology degree you will study organisms from bacteria to blue whales, investigating systems ranging from enzymes to ecosystems. Of all the biological sciences degrees, Biology has the greatest flexibility, and module choice increases as students progress through their degree. In year 4, our range of specialist half-modules allows students to specialise in an area of biology that they have become particularly interested. Training is provided in both laboratory and field skills. As well as the beautiful campus in which the University is situated, we have a wide range of superb landscapes and habitats on our doorstep, and make the most of these throughout the degree. Final-year projects are a challenging yet valuable part of our degrees, and some have been so good they were published. These are supervised by a member of staff in the School but may also be carried out in conjunction with an external organisation. Examples of recent titles include: • The role of the blood brain barrier in HIV infections •  Searching for evidence of division of labour within flowers: characterisation of anther dimorphism in the genus Solanum • Competition between clonal fragments and seedlings in Mimulus guttatus • Ultraviolet light, skin collagen and ageing •  Mechanisms of sperm storage and its use in seaweed flies • Fruit fly promiscuity: influences on female fitness. The programme includes a compulsory field class in Scotland in year 2, and optional field courses during year 4. (Students must pay most of the costs of their travel, accommodation, and subsistence for field courses.) During the field trips, students learn various techniques in field sampling, identification, experimental design, data analysis and presentation. A 10-day field course in ecology and animal biology takes place in the Cévennes in France, a rugged mountain landscape of exceptional natural beauty and tremendous biodiversity. A further optional field course in tropical conservation biology travels to Gabon in year 4, where the University of Stirling has a long history in the study and practice of conservation and management.      

Do you enjoy numbers the way others enjoy music, poetry or art? Mathematical training develops both specific skills and broad analytical expertise, which are valued across all professions; and there is a particular demand for graduates who not only have quantitative skills, but also know how to use them. Our courses deliver that sought-after combination – both through our teaching style and our focus on real-world applications of both mathematical and statistical techniques. For instance, you will use the mathematics computing laboratories as an integral part of your learning process, making your study as much experimental as theoretical. Our Mathematics and Statistics department provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment and we have a strong and active research group. Its major interest is the application of mathematics to biology, economics and life sciences, and we offer combined Honours degrees in the relevant disciplines.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£15,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Stirling

Department:

Inter-departmental

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
D

Mathematics

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Natural and social science professionals

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

97%
high
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
18%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Mathematics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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