School of Biological Sciences

Zoology with Molecular Ecology BSc (Hons)

In the past few decades, molecular genetics has become one of the fastest growing fields in the life sciences. The application of molecular methods has spread to virtually all fields of modern biology, including ecology, conservation, breeding and natural resource management, leading to the establishment of the field of ‘Molecular Ecology’. With the expansion of the application of  molecular tools to such a wide range of biological disciplines, itis important that all biologists have a basic understanding of genetics and the application of molecular tools in zoology, evolutionary biology and conservation. On this Zoology with Molecular Ecology course you will acquire a broad theoretical understanding of zoology and molecular ecology plus the acquisition of associated practical skills. Along with a comprehensive range of transferable skills, this degree will equip you with skills for employment in biological areas where molecular ecology is increasingly important (e.g. conservation, animal behaviour, fisheries biology, evolutionary biology).

You will benefit from the proximity of an exceptional range of terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats where field work, which is an integral part of the degree is conducted. The School of Biological Sciences has particular strengths in molecular ecology with 6 staff members currently conducting research in this area on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic organisms. Bangor is also home to the divisional offices of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Environment Agency Wales (EAW), the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), as well as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), all of which have close links to the University. Biological Sciences is also part of the Environment Centre for Wales which is a partnership venture between Bangor University and the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

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