Biology

Specific A Level Entry Requirements: None

Choose from modules in Biology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology and Conservation, and Microbiology and Medicine.

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Biology

You will study organisms and the environment, and how human activities can change them. Biological mechanisms relate to the environmental challenges of the 21st century. These include environmental pollution, sustainability and conservation.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Mandatory modules
Aquatic Ecology Environment 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

Biochemistry examines the structure and relationship of cells to the metabolism. You will learn the physical processes underlying cellular functions. Cell biology covers the interactions within and between cells which allow them to function. You will also investigate Genetics, examining the mechanisms of heredity.

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

Ecology and Conservation

You will receive a thorough grounding in ecological theory. Interactions between organisms, the environment and humanity are often complex. This Pathway has a strong emphasis on fieldwork, designed to encourage you to develop practical skills.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Mandatory modules
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
Spanish Doñana Field Course
may be taken in the 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

This pathway contains a balanced mixture of biochemistry, microbiology and physiology. You will study the relevance of microbiology to human affairs and whether the connection is direct or indirect. Some modules deal with one group of microbes, others examine relationships between different groups of microbes.

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

To study on any particular Pathway you must meet the entry requirements of that subject. The information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work.

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