This section provides an outline of the content of this Biology BSc (Hons) course. Each year you'll study a series of modules, some of these are compulsory and others can be selected from a range of optional modules.
The first year is a general year for all of our biology related degrees, which will introduce three broad and very important aspects of modern biology. Students are required to take four compulsory lecture modules, one module in key skills and one practical module. In addition there are tutorials with individual members of staff.
Organismal Diversity (20): The module will present an overview of basic classification, form and function of the major groups of living organisms.
Ecology & Evolution (20): Ecology is about understanding the dynamic changes in individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems in relation to each other and the physical environment, and understanding their evolutionary processes.
Cellular and Molecular Biology (20): This module will cover the chemistry of life, the molecular basis of inheritance and important aspects of cell biology, such as structure and function.
Biology Practical Module (20): Students will undertake a range of practicals from molecular and cell biology, through to animal function and ecology. Field work is included. The practicals will coincide with the appropriate subject area in the lecture modules.
Introduction to Microbiology (10): The module will introduce students to prokaryotic and eukaryotic micro-organisms by outlining their characteristics and structures.
Research Skills (20): The module is aimed at developing a range of skills commonly used by natural scientists, including basic mathematical manipulation, data interpretation, and presentation, experimental design and statistical analysis, IT skills and effective use of the literature.
Tutorials (degree specific) (10): Tutorials will be held by individual members of staff to groups of 6-7 students and involve discussions that are degree specific. Tutorials will develop communication skills.
In the second year you will extend and deepen your understanding of biology by specialising in animal and plant diversity and function, and learning about the importance of molecular and cellular processes. There are four compulsory modules incorporating both lectures and practicals. You can choose 40 credits of optional modules.
- Bioscience Skills (20)
- Evolution & Genetics (20)
- Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (20)
- Cell Biology (20)
Choose 40 credits from:
- Invertebrate Biology (20)
- Field Courses (20)
- Laboratory Placement (20)
- Biochemistry Practicals (20)
- Vertebrate Biology (20)
- Plant Diversity (20)
- Plant Diversity Practical (20)
The third year includes a major project that may be experimental or take the form of a Literature Review, which is supervised by a member of staff on a subject to suit your interests. Students take 60 to 80 credits of optional modules.
- Bio Enterprise & Employability (20)
20 to 40 credits from:
- Experimental Project (40)
- Literature Review Project (20)
Choose 60 to 80 credits from:
- Advances in Behaviour (20)
- Herpetology (20)
- Animal Survival Strategies (20)
- Molecular Ecology & Evolution (20)
- Freshwater Ecosystems (20)
- Tenerife Field Course (20)
- Aspects of British Flora 1 (10)
- Aspects of British Flora 2 (10)
- Attack and Defence in Plants (10)
- Medical Genetics (10)
- Sugars and Signals (10)
- Group Projects (20)
Further information on each module can be found on our website.
Modules our students are currently studying...
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Biology degree (BSC/B)
* Please note that due to the dynamic nature of our degree programmes specific topics of study/modules are occasionally subject to change.
Please also note that some degree programmes have placements or study periods in other institutions, and during those years no module content is listed.