What you'll study
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
First year modules
Diversity of Life
Through practical workshops, this module introduces you to the diversity of life and the fascinating adaptations that enable organisms to inhabit nearly all conceivable ecological niches.
Why did sex evolve? Why do we die? What is a species? How can evolutionary medicine help us? This module will provide you with an understanding of how life on earth came to be what it is, from genes to species. Without evolution, nothing in Biology makes sense.
Marine Biology: An Introduction
From space, the planet is blue. Marine life has evolved into a myriad of forms living in some of the most extreme habitats on the planet; from great depths to battered coasts. This introduction to marine biology explores the marine environment, the diversity of life within it and how to conserve it.
Cells and Organelles
Explore the fascinating inner workings of cells, giving you a foundation in areas such as cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry.
Ecology is the study of interactions among living organisms and their environment, and is the basis for nature conservation and understanding human impact on the planet. Gain an understanding of ecological theory, applied ecology, and the collection and analysis of ecological data. You can choose to complete integrated PADI Advanced Open Water training, with an opportunity to develop specialist diving skills relevant to ecological science.
Principles of Genetics
Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms.
Introduction to Environmental Science
You'll be introduced to fundamental principles of environmental systems and the interconnectedness of humankind with the environment.
Second year modules
Professional and Research Skills for Biologists
Develop key experimental design and data analysis skills necessary for your degree. You’ll learn how to identify and evidence your skills and experience to help you secure employment in the future.
Animal Form and Function
Learn how ecology shapes morphology, physiology and behaviour in different animals and across different environments, including marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Explore the development of modern ideas in evolutionary biology, and their importance for understanding a variety of fundamental biological processes.
Develop a detailed understanding of fisheries science covering taxonomy, distribution, growth, mortality, population dynamics, feeding, reproduction, parasites and predation.
Develop your understanding of why wild animals behave the way they do. You’ll study the proximate and ultimate causes of behaviour, and the interactions between animals and their environment.
Have we entered a new era of mass extinctions? Examine current threats to biodiversity and the characteristics that make some species more vulnerable than others. Learn to use scientific evidence to support biological conservation strategies.
Carry out practical observations of fish, squid, crustaceans, annelids and nematodes, and improve your skills in taxonomy and identification.
Geographical Information Systems
Develop your understanding of the principles and processes behind GIS, the nature and use of spatial data and the application of GIS on this practical module.
You'll take a problem-based approach to understanding modern molecular genetics and genomics of eukaryotes.
Explore the temporal and spatial factors affecting composition and productivity of intertidal systems, and the sustainability of intertidal resources.
Final year modules
Independent Research Project
You'll have the opportunity to work on your own lab-based project. For many students, this is the highlight of their degree, as it's a chance to show off their skills in a real-world environment.
Structured Research Project
Undertake a collaborative research project, working with a team of other students to investigate research questions relevant to your degree.
Biology in Education
Thinking about teaching as a career? Undertake placements in local schools and deliver your own science lesson.
Sensory Physiology of Animals
Discover the fascinating world of animal communication to learn how sensory systems control behaviour, and how this is applied to and affected by human activity, including climate change.
Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation
You'll learn how rehabilitation processes, conservation methods and legislative instruments are used to protect and develop freshwater fisheries worldwide.
Field Studies (Biology)
Recent students have selected from destinations including a dive-based trip in Malaysia and an exploration of the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil (financial contribution required).
Insects are among the most numerous, diverse and awesome creatures on the planet. In a mix of lectures, workshops, practicals and field trips, you'll discover this amazing, crazy little world we’re lucky enough to study.
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Explore issues surrounding wildlife resources with a focus on resolving disagreement between different groups with their own valid objectives (e.g. agriculture, conservation and government). You'll have the opportunity to engage with industry experts and practice industry standard procedures.
Sex and Social Behaviour
You'll develop a deeper understanding of fascinating topics such as the evolution of sex, cryptic female choice, sperm competition, sexual conflict, parental care, brood parasitism, co-operative breeding and much more.
Investigate and discuss questions on prehistoric, historical and contemporary extinctions, from genetic, evolutionary, ecological, paleoecological, geographical and geological perspectives.
Work in partnership with local environmentally orientated organisations to learn about the day-to-day practicalities of species and habitat management.
Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring
Learn about the socio-economic, ecological, environmental, aesthetic and legislative aspects of EIAs, the industry standard for assessing the impact of new developments.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.