Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Life Sciences

Those with a scientific mind can experience everything from biology to psychology with our Life Sciences pathway, before progressing to a unique and flexible science degree at the University of Aberdeen.

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Discover the science degree for you

By studying our Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Life Sciences, you can choose to follow the scientific pathway which appeals most to your career ambitions and interests. You will follow your chosen subject route for one year at the International Study Centre before transitioning to the University starting with the second year of your degree.

Key facts

  • Course length: Three terms
  • Start date: September, November (Enhanced Induction) or January
  • Term dates: Check the term dates
  • Fees: Check your programme fees
  • Scholarships: Learn more about available scholarships

What will I study?

This three-term programme is equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate degree. The course modules have been designed to complement your university studies, whilst supporting you in both English language learning, settling into UK life and adjusting to a new education system. Taking part in lessons taught in the same style as the University, you will study a mix of core modules - as well as those relating to your chosen subject route.

Term 1

This module covers:

  • health and safety in the lab
  • computing for science
  • experimental procedure tutorial
  • statistics and data handling workshop
  • literature review tutorial
  • laboratory

This module covers:

  • an introduction to the terminology and technical language of chemistry
  • basic principles of organic chemistry
  • solving chemical problems
  • manipulating and using the ideal gas equation to solve gas-law problems
  • the “rules” of chemistry including kinetics, thermodynamics and Hess' law
  • quantitative calculations involving masses, moles, volumes, stoichiometry, balancing equations and pH calculations

Term 2

This module covers:

  • chemistry in the laboratory
  • the principles of chemical equilibrium and the Second Law of thermodynamics
  • analytical techniques used to identify molecules and quantify samples
  • solving complex chemical problems

This module covers:

  • descriptive statistics
  • probability and probability distributions
  • significance testing within an SPC context of control charts
  • building regression models
  • designing and analysing experiments

This module covers:

  • the patterns and processes of evolution
  • the evolution of diversity
  • flowering plants: form and function

This module covers:

  • learning theory
  • personality
  • biological psychology
  • psychological research methods: experimental methods (laboratory, field and natural experiments)
  • non-experimental methods (interviews, observations and correlations)
  • advantages and disadvantages of these methods

Term 3

This module covers:

  • how the world works
  • data analysis
  • causes & consequences of biodiversity
  • scientific writing
  • the global waste problem
  • sustainable food production
  • bioethics
  • ecosystem services
  • estimating population size
  • ecological footprints

This module covers:

  • the beginnings of life and the cell as a functional unit
  • diversity of cells
  • prokaryotes v eukaryotes
  • gene expression
  • cytoskeletons
  • the cell as a factory
  • macromolecules in cells
  • brain and nervous system

This module covers:

  • introduction to sociology
  • theories of crime and deviance
  • the organisation of social life
  • crime and deviance in contemporary society
  • crime control, prevention and punishment
  • crime, deviance and ethnicity
  • crime, deviance and gender
  • criminal justice and the victims of crime
  • social policy

This module covers:

  • social psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • general research methods (with application to psychology)

Industry-standard facilities

The state-of-the-art Science Teaching Hub features advanced laboratory facilities with high quality equipment found in an industry setting.

Progress to your degree

After you have completed your Undergraduate Foundation Programme and achieved the required grades to progress to the University, you can join the second year of your chosen degree. Depending on your career ambitions, you may progress on to a BSc degree or an MA degree. A Scottish MA, or Master of Arts, is an undergraduate degree equivalent to a BA.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish GradeGrade Module
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Mohamad, a student from Syria

The degree that I progressed to is Biomedical Sciences and specifically Physiology. So far, it's a very cool subject to study. You get the chance to study anatomy, which is very, very cool. Seeing all of the specimens, understanding how each muscle is different, the bones and the joints, it is fascinating."

Mohamad from Syria

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

BSc Biomedical Sciences – Physiology

Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Aberdeen Family.