Biology (BSc)


In Cardiff

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    Cardiff (Wales)

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AAB-ABB including Biology and preferably Chemistry




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King Edward VII Avenue, South Glamorgan, CF10 3XQ


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Course programme

Biology involves studying organisms of all kinds, including animals, plants and microbes, and our Biology degree aims to give you a broad coverage of this vast subject. The degree includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules, along with optional modules that allow you to specialise, while still gaining the breadth of knowledge needed for a truly biological perspective.

Your first year will comprise a modern, modular course with stimulating and relevant practical classes carried out in spacious, fully-equipped laboratories. Continuous assessment is embedded within the year 1 modules and forms a significant part of your overall assessment. You will be given feedback throughout each module, so you can keep a personal check on how you are progressing. You will have end-of-module exams in January and May.

The common first year allowed me to experience different disciplines within the biological sciences such as biochemistry and anatomy, which I have found both interesting and valuable. Lab experience is, I think, one of the the best ways of putting theory introduced in lectures into practice and though three hour labs may be daunting at first, they really have been vital for my understanding of the science.

Kat Hutchinson, Undergraduate Student (Biology) Year one

Year one at the School of Biosciences recognises that, as well as making the transition to independence from home, you are also facing new and exciting challenges in your education. You will now be studying in your chosen field and you will need to be fully prepared for the educational opportunities that are waiting for you. During your first week we will start you on this preparation by making sure you know what is different between school and University learning. You will feel part of the School of Biosciences immediately as you will be paired with a student buddy, who will show you the ropes and make you feel part of the student community. You will also meet your personal tutor, who will be on hand to help you with pastoral and academic issues for the whole time you are with us.

Our common year one modular course gives a broad grounding in the Biosciences, the interdisciplinary nature of this integrated course allows students to explore their interests without committing to a degree scheme until the end of the first year. The benefit of our common year one modular course is that if you are not sure that you have chosen the right degree scheme when you join us then you are sure to have a much better idea at the end of our common year one. You then have the opportunity to change to any of our 12 degree schemes according to your interests and career aspirations.

We offer a wide range of learning opportunities from lectures, tutorials, practicals, workshops and seminars where you will come into contact with some leading research scientists. A team of academic staff who are teaching-focused ensure the smooth running of teaching and learning. We also appreciate that some of you will prefer particular assessment methods, and assess in a variety of ways, with emphasis on the practical skills you need to become a scientist. You will receive a range of feedback including written feedback on all coursework, and you have an opportunity to see your exam answer papers so you can improve on your performance next time.

Core modulesModule titleModule codeCreditsBiological ChemistryBI101420 creditsSkills for ScienceBI100120 creditsGenetics and EvolutionBI105120 creditsStructure and Function of Living OrganismsBI100220 creditsThe Dynamic CellBI100420 creditsOrganisms and EnvironmentBI100320 creditsYear two

Following on the common year one, where you build a robust basic knowledge and skill foundation within the biosciences, year two allows strengthening and expanding it with natural progression, and crucially the development of knowledge and skills in a context specific to your chosen degree programme. You enrol on modules, which are core to your degree programme, and on optional modules relevant to your degree. Your choice of modules can follow a more generalist approach, or can be rather specific to certain aspects of the discipline (for example, focusing on microbiology, plant science, or genetics.). You are given extensive academic advice and support in your choice by personal tutors, degree, module and year coordinators.

Core modulesModule titleModule codeCreditsComparative Cell Biology and Cell DeathBI216320 creditsMolecular Ecology and EvolutionBI212110 creditsOptional modules

Module titleModule codeCreditsAnimal Behaviour: An IntroductionBI211010 creditsEcosystem ProcessesBI215210 creditsField CourseBI215410 creditsPopulation EcologyBI215810 creditsResearch TechniquesBI200120 creditsMicrobial EcologyBI216210 creditsPlant Development and PhysiologyBI215710 creditsConcepts in BiotechnologyBI221810 creditsApplied and Human GeneticsBI222020 creditsDevelopmental and Stem Cell BiologyBI225820 creditsPlant Form and FunctionBI211510 creditsAnimal DiversityBI211820 creditsMicrobial DiversityBI216110 creditsYear three

From year two you progress into the research-led final year. Alternatively, you have the option to progress into the Professional Training Year, which supports your learning and maturing in a work environment, thus crucially adding to your employability, experience, independence, subject and generic skills portfolio. Many employers want to recruit new staff who have both a good degree and relevant work experience. If you choose to take the Professional Training Year (PTY) you will be able to offer both. You can switch to this 4-year version of your degree beforehand.

The final year gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen field by following a series of advanced research-led modules. These are designed to develop your ability to critically analyse complex experimental or technical data and to expose you to the central concepts at the cutting-edge of your discipline. You also gain experience of contemporary research through attending a selection of the many seminars given within the school by international leaders in their fields. You are asked to produce an original dissertation based either on a laboratory project, an extensive literature analysis or an exercise relating to science teaching/ pedagogic research or public engagement. Through our mentoring of these projects we nurture a range of transferable skills to ensure that you are not only equipped for today's job market but have the adaptability to be successful in the new career paths that will certainly emerge in the future.

Core modulesModule titleModule codeCreditsBiosciences Final Year ProjectBI300640 creditsOptional modules

Module titleModule codeCreditsConservation BiologyBI311420 creditsPlants For The FutureBI313020 creditsGenetic Models of DiseaseBI321620 creditsAdvanced Topics in Animal BehaviourBI313220 creditsAquatic Resource Management and ConservationBI313420 creditsBioinformaticsBI313520 creditsGlobal Climate Change EcologyBI313620 creditsAnimal ParasitologyBI312720 creditsHuman Infectious DiseasesBI312620 creditsAdvances in Developmental and Stem Cell BiologyBI322320 creditsCell Cycle and Cell Death in Health and DiseaseBI322420 credits The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Biology (BSc)

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