Biology

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 Optional modules Optional modules
Global Change Biology Data Collection and Analysis Coral Reef Ecology
Zoology Field Biology Dissertation
Optional modules Introduction to Eco-innovation Dissertation with External Partner
Spanish Doñana Field Course. (This may be taken in the place of any of the core modules above except Evolutionary Biology and Zoology) Populations to Ecosystems Environmental Plant Biology
  Research Design and Delivery Field Course in Kenya - Tropical Biology and Conservation
  Vertebrate Biology Field Course in the Scottish Highlands
    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 Optional modules Optional modules
Biotechnology Biochemical Techniques Biology of Ageing
Cell Structure and Function Biochemistry Cancer
Genetics Bioinformatics Cell Cycle and Stem Cells
Molecules of Life Cell Biology Cell Signalling I
Protein Biochemistry Cell Biology Techniques Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
  DNA Technology Genetics
  Genetics Medical Genetics
    Proteins: Structure, Function and Evolution

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 Coral Reef Ecology
Biodiversity and Conservation or Marine and Estuarine Biology Principles of Biodiversity Conservation Issues in Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology Optional modules Optional modules
Global Change Biology Data Collection and Analysis Animal Behaviour
Zoology Environmental Physiology Dissertation
Optional modules Evolution Dissertation with External Partner
Spanish Doñana Field Course. This 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
    Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
    Host-Parasite Interactions
    Sustainable Agriculture

 

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 Optional modules Optional 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, 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.