Biology and Life Sciences

Choosing from diverse modules in Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Ecology and Field Biology you will study using first class facilities and learn from some of the best academics in the UK.

Biology

Entry requirement: AAB.

Fundamental biological mechanisms are related to the environmental challenges of the 21st century, such as food security, environmental pollution, ecosystem functioning, sustainable resource management and biodiversity conservation. Students are trained in the scientific study of interactions between organisms and the environment, and how these are modified by human activities.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Aquatic Ecology Environmental Physiology Animal Behaviour
Developmental Biology or Marine and Estuarine Biology Evolution Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
Evolutionary Biology Non-mandatory modules Non-mandatory modules
Global Change Biology Environmental Microbiology Dissertation
Zoology Experimental Design and Analysis Dissertation with External Partner
Non-mandatory modules Field Biology Environmental Plant Biology
Spanish Doñana Field Course
may be taken in the place of any of the core modules above
Introduction to Eco-innovation Field Course in Kenya - Tropical Biology and Conservation
  Populations to Ecosystems Field Course in the Scottish Highlands
  Research Design and Delivery Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
  Vertebrate Biology Host-Parasite Interactions
    Issues in Conservation Biology
    Sustainable Agriculture

Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Entry requirement: AAB

Cellular biochemistry examines the macromolecular structure and the relationship of the cellular organisation to the central pathways of intermediary metabolism and the physical processes underlying cellular functions. Cell biology covers the interactions within and between cells which allow them to perform their function in the whole organism. Genetics examines the mechanisms of heredity, moving through Mendelian genetics and its extensions to molecular genetics.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Biotechnology Non-mandatory modules Non-mandatory modules
Cell Structure and Function Biochemical Techniques Biology of Ageing
Genetics Biochemistry Cancer
Molecules of Life Cell Biology Cell Cycle and Stem Cells
Protein Biochemistry Cell Biology Techniques Cell Signalling I
  DNA Technology Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
  Genetics Genetics
    Medical Genetics
    Protein Biochemistry

Ecology and Conservation

Entry requirements: ABB

Interactions between organisms, the environment and humanity are often complex. You will receive a thorough grounding in ecological theory and how these biological principles relate to the conservation of wildlife and ecological habitats. The pathway also concerns the practice of ecology and has a strong fieldwork component designed to encourage you to develop your practical skills

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Aquatic Ecology Populations to Ecosystems Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Biodiversity and Conservation or Marine and Estuarine Biology Principles of Biodiversity Conservation Issues in Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology Non-mandatory modules Non-mandatory modules
Global Change Biology Environmental Physiology Animal Behaviour
Zoology Evolution Dissertation
Non-mandatory modules Experimental Design and Delivery Dissertation with External Partner
Field Course in the Spanish Doñana
this module may be taken in place of any of the core modules above except Evolutionary Biology and Zoology
Field Biology Environmental Plant Biology
  Introduction to Eco-Innovation Field Course in Kenya - Tropical Biology and Conservation
  Research Design and Delivery Field Course in the Scottish Highlands
    Sustainable Agriculture
    Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
    Host-Parasite Interactions

Microbiology and Medicine

Entry requirements: AAB

This pathway contains a balanced mixture of biochemistry, microbiology and physiology. It attempts to demonstrate the relevance of microbiology to human affairs, whether the connection is direct, e.g. diseases of humans, or indirect, e.g. the control of diseases of food crops. Although some lectures deal specifically with one group of microbes, i.e. bacteria, fungi or protozoa, entire modules emphasise ecological and functional relationships between different groups of microbes.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Anatomy and Tissue Structure Non-mandatory modules Non-mandatory modules
Hormones and Development Cell Biology Biology of Ageing
Human Physiology Cell Biology Techniques Cancer
Impact of Microbes Genetics Cell Cycle & Stems Cells
Infection and Immunity Medical Microbiology Cell Signalling I
  Microbiological Techniques Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
    Clinical Immunology
    Environmental Pathogens
    Molecular Parasitology
    Topical Diseases