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

Requires one science A Level and GCSE Maths.

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
Evolutionary Biology Evolution Dissertation
Zoology Environmental Physiology Dissertation with Work Placement
Aquatic Ecology Introduction to Eco-Innovation Conservation in Practice
Global Change Biology Populations to Ecosystems Introduction Issues in Conservation Biology
Developmental Biology or Marine and Estuarine Biology Principles of Biodiversity Conservation Scotland Field Course
Spanish Doñana Field Course (may be taken in the place of any of the core modules above) Data Collection and Analysis Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
  Research Design and Delivery Animal Behaviour
  Field Biology Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
  Vertebrate Biology  Environmental Plant Biology
    Sustainable Agriculture
    Host-Parasite Interactions

Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Requires two science A Levels and GCSEs in Maths and Biology.

Cellular biochemistry examines the macromolecular structure and the relationship of 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
Molecules of Life Biochemistry Cell Signalling 1
Cell Structure and Function Cell Biology Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
Genetics Genetics Cell Cycle and Stem Cells
Biotechnology Biochemical Techniques Genetics
Protein Biochemistry Cell Biology Techniques Medical Genetics
  DNA Technology Protein Biochemistry
    Cancer
    Biology of Ageing

Microbiology and Medicine

Requires two science A Levels and GCSEs in Maths and Biology.

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 Cell Biology Cell Signalling 1
Impact of Microbes Medical Microbiology Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
Infection and Immunity Genetics Cell Cycle and Stems Cells
Hormones and Development Cell Biology Techniques Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Human Physiology Microbiological Techniques Clinical Immunology
    Tropical Diseases
    Environmental Pathogens
    Cancer
    Biology of Ageing

Ecology and Conservation

Requires one science A Level and GCSE Maths.

Interactions between organisms, the environment and humanity are often complex. Students 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 students to develop practical skills.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Evolutionary Biology Populations to Ecosystems Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Zoology Principles of Biodiversity  Issues in Conservation Biology
Aquatic Ecology Introduction to Eco-Innovation Dissertation
Global Change Biology Data Collection and Analysis Dissertation with Work Placement
Biodiversity and Conservation or Marine and Estuarine Biology Research Design and Delivery Evolution Conservation in Practice
Spanish Doñana Field Course (may be taken in the place of any of the core modules above) Environmental Physiology Scotland Field Course
  Field Biology Animal Behaviour
    Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
    Environmental Plant Biology
    Sustainable Agriculture
    Host-Parasite Interactions

Compulsory modules are highlighted in grey.