Foundation Programme in Life Sciences

University of Aberdeen - ISC, United Kingdom Ranked #103 in Europe

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Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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Total Course Fee

USD 23,965

Course Accredited By

  • 9 Months
  • Online
  • Undergraduate
  • Pathway Programme
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.
After you have completed your Undergraduate Foundation Year 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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022
  • October 2022

To apply for the Undergraduate Foundation Programme, you’ll need to meet the following entry requirements:

Academic: Good high school graduate grades or equivalent. For our Life Sciences pathway, you will also need to have studied Chemistry and one other science or Maths subject. For the Physical Sciences and Engineering pathway, Maths and/or Physics may also be required.

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (4.5 in writing, 4.0 in all other skills)

Term 1
Lab Skills and Scientific Communication

This module covers:

  • Health and safety in the lab
  • Computing for science
  • Experimental procedure tutorial
  • Statistics and data handling workshop
  • Literature review tutorial
  • Laboratory

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1

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
Chemistry for the Life Sciences 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

Quantitative Skills
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

Organismal Biology
This module covers:

  • The patterns and processes of evolution
  • The evolution of diversity
  • Flowering plants: form and function


Psychology 1
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
Environmental Science
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

Sociology: Crime & Deviance
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 ethnicit
  • Crime, deviance and gender
  • Criminal justice and the victims of crime
  • Social policy

Human Biology (The Cell)
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

Psychology 2
This module covers:

  • Social psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Psychology
  • General research methods (with application to psychology)

£17,200 Course Fee (ISC) 

£235 Enrolment Fee (non-refundable) 

£1,000 Deposit

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