University of St Andrews

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BSc (Hons) Biology and Mathematics

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Studying in a faculty The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the BSc (Hons) Biology and Mathematics programme of study is through the Faculty of Science. The programme details of this course are provided by: School of Biology: The School of Biology is one of the leading departments of Biology in the UK offering a wide breadth of biology degrees from Marine Biology to Molecular Biology. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), 95% of Biology’s research was judged to be ‘world leading', 'internationally recognised’ or ‘excellent’ which complements our excellent grading in teaching quality and consolidates our commitment to research-led scholarship. School of Mathematics and Statistics: The School of Mathematics & Statistics is a world class School both in teaching and research. We teach a wide range of basic and specialist courses in all branches of mathematical sciences. We are consistently placed within the top few universities in the UK (and top in Scotland) in the annual league tables and student satisfaction surveys; the Guardian University Guide (2013) ranked us second. Particular strengths that our degree programmes boast include: a broad coverage of the subject area; instruction in medium- to small-sized classes by leading specialists; a friendly but focused academic environment; a large degree of flexibility for students tailoring their own course; higher level specialist courses reflecting research interests of staff; vacation research placements for our best performing students. Distinctive features of this course As a Joint Honours degree student you will study both subjects equally offering you a wide choice of options within subjects. You will have the opportunity to study across the range of Biology, incorporating substantial practical and field training, and development of quantitative skills. You will engage with a number of specialist topics including for example Abstract Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Group Theory, Solar Theory, Statistics in Practice, Statistical Inference and the History of Mathematics. You will produce a final-year dissertation and have the opportunity to study across a broad range of mathematical and biological topics. It may be possible to spend a semester or year studying abroad as part of this degree programme. Please see for details. Programme details You will be able to choose modules from our Module Catalogue which is published annually as module availability can change from year to year. As a Joint Honours student you will gain more than one-third of your Honours years credits in each of two subject areas.

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BSc (Hons) Biology and Mathematics University of St Andrews