Lectures, Workshops and Practicals

Our combination of lectures, workshops and practicals will enhance your studies, giving you the essential – and transferable – skills that will make you attractive to employers.

Your first year will give a broad understanding of the central concepts of the course, with years two and three helping you to specialise in the area of your choice.

As your degree progresses, you're encouraged to undertake increasingly independent study. In the first year, we teach using a mix of lectures, workshops and practical lab sessions.

In a typical year, you'll attend about 180 hours of lectures (6-9 hours per week) and around 180 hours of practicals/workshops (6-9 hours per week).

Additionally, you'll have 8 hours of tutorials/one-to-one meetings per year with your Academic Tutor and 7 hours of meetings per year to discuss such matters as course selection or careers.

Your working week should consist of 40 hours of study so alongside this contact time you'll be expect to spend several further hours on private study.

Lectures

Delivered by an expert in the topic, a 1-2 hour lecture provides an introduction to the subject's key issues and discoveries. You'll then supplement this with your own independent study of relevant literature.

You'll study 15 modules across the three terms of your first year, usually with no more than three modules taken at any one time.

Tutorials

You'll meet with your Academic Tutor at least once a term and also take part in activities such as group tutorials to help you develop a range of skills.

We encourage you to make the most of these groups by becoming used to speaking up, listening to others and presenting yourself with confidence.

Practicals and Workshops

As you'd expect, many of our course modules include practical sessions alongside lectures. These help you learn key techniques in the biomedical and life sciences through hands-on experience.

Experiments complement the course content, providing practical examples of lecture material and opportunities for self-directed learning. Workshops also give you experience of working as part of a team, as you explore topics together.

Sample Timetable

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9am BIOL111
Molecules of Life
lecture
       
10am       BLS Tutorials and Support
Group Tutorial
BIOL131
Skills in Biomedical & Life Sciences
lecture
11am BIOL121
Anatomy & Tissue Structure
lecture
BIOL121
Anatomy & Tissue Structure
lecture
BIOL131
Skills in Biomedical & Life Sciences
lecture
BIOL111
Molecules of Life
lecture
 
12pm   BIOL111
Molecules of Life
lecture
BIOL121
Anatomy & Tissue Structure
lecture
  BIOL131
Skills in Biomedical & Life Sciences
lecture
1pm          
2pm BIOL111
Molecules of Life
practical
    BIOL131
Skills in Biomedical & Life Sciences
workshop
BIOL121
Anatomy & Tissue Structure
practical
3pm    
4pm    
5pm    

Please note that this timetable is for demonstration purposes only, and your final timetable will differ.