The modules taught in Year 1 reflect the complexity of life forms, from molecules through to organisms, plants and animals, to populations.
A set of core modules will allow you to develop your skills in research and analysis and introduce you to the disciplines of immunology, microbiology, genetics and cell biology.
You’ll gain an understanding of the chemistry underpinning biological processes, the different types of cell and how they come together in human tissues, organs and body systems, as well as how they are affected by disease.
You’ll also choose an optional module on a specialist topic from agriculture to pharmacology, which may help you choose your specialism for the next two years.
There is a residential field course on Millport, on the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland where you will study coastal and upland habitats, and our research ethos is developed and fostered from the start through practicals and tutorials.
Because of the broad nature of your first year, there are opportunities to transfer between the Biology, Biological Sciences and Microbiology courses at the end of the Year 1.
In Year 2 you can take modules in the disciplines of applied biology, genetics, zoology, plant biology and ecology, which include human genetics, evolution, animal behaviour and parasitology. There are optional Yorkshire Dales and Mediterranean field courses. This degree offers the opportunity to take an industrial placement or a study abroad year at the end of Year 2, which will enhance your employment prospects.
By the time you enter Year 3, you’ll be in a position to apply your research skills to an independent project: working with our world-class scientists, you’ll explore a specific topic in depth as a research, literature or computer-based project. You’ll also study topics at the cutting edge of biological discovery in areas such as epigenetics, behavioural ecology and conservation biology.
Integrated Masters (MBiol)Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc and provide a foundation in the subject.
With a greater focus on research, the MBiol will offer you research preparation modules in Year 3 as well as Masters level modules and an extended research project in your fourth year.
In Year 3, you’ll undertake a practical project which aims to introduce you to increasingly sophisticated techniques and research facilities in preparation for your research project.
In your final year, you’ll be able to select from a variety of Masters-level optional modules that are informed by our tutors’ leading research. You could build your skills in statistics or study medical diagnostics among others, while the African Field Ecology module gives you another chance to apply your knowledge to fieldwork in Kenya.
Most of Year 4 is devoted to a research project, allowing you to work alongside our experts to explore a specific topic in biology. This helps to develop the high-level research and professional skills that will serve you well in your future careerModules
- Biology Practicals and Data Analysis
- Living Planet
- Applied Biology and Agriculture
- Introduction to Genetics
- Practical Genetics
- Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course
- Tutorials for Biology and Genetics
- The Basis of Life
- Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists
- How Plants Work
- Experimental Design and Analysis
- Organismal Evolution
- Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales
Year 4Compulsory modules
- Advanced Research Skills and Experience
- Research Literature Review
- Extended Research Project