The Biological Sciences programme is divided into Part I (first year) and Part II (second and third years). Part I consists of 15 modules (or equivalent) of which 10 modules must be from Biology subject areas (i.e. BIOL or EBIO modules). Up to five modules can be taken from an additional subject area. In order to proceed to Part II Biological Sciences, an average aggregate score ≥9 must be achieved in the 10 EBIO/BIOL modules (in both coursework and examination components). Work carried out during Part II contributes directly to the final degree classification. 120 credits of assessment (divided into 16 units of assessment) contribute to the degree classification; 90 credits of assessment are derived from the Second year and 150 credits from the Third year.
21 EBIO/BIOL modules are offered to Biological Science students in first year each of which consists of 12 lectures plus associated practicals, field work, excursions or workshops. Each module is self-contained, although the modules fall broadly into four themes which need not be taken as a block. To qualify for Part II Biological Sciences, at least 10 of these modules must be taken. The remaining 5 modules may be chosen from within Biological Sciences or in an additional subject of the student's choice. The choice of first year modules influences which modules may be taken in Part II. Guidance on module choice is given prior to registration.
Part I Biology modules:
EBIO Modules: Evolution, Variety of Life, Aquatic Ecology, Life in a Changing Environment, Biodiversity and Conservation, Spanish Field Trip.
BIOL Modules (theme 1): Molecules of Life, Introduction to the Cell, Genetics, Biotechnology, Protein Biochemistry.
BIOL Modules (theme 2): Anatomy and Tissue Structure, Impact of Microbes, Infection and Immunity, Hormones and Development, Human Physiology.
BIOL Modules (theme 3): Skills in Biomedical and Life Sciences, Experimental Design and Data Analysis, Biomedicine and Society, Diagnosis in Biomedical Science, Global Health and Disease.
Part II: Second Year
Michaelmas and lent terms
Second year of the degree scheme comprises four theory modules (60 credits) and four techniques modules (30 credits). Two theory and two techniques modules are taken per term. Theory modules fall into two broad themes:
Theme A: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Medical Microbiology.
Theme B: Evolution, Principles of Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Physiology, Populations to Ecosystems
Biological Science students take at least one theory module from each theme.
30 credits are taken from a wide selection of techniques modules which support the theory modules by providing additional insights and practical experience of techniques which underpin the theory modules. Techniques modules (listed in Part II (Year 2) modules shown above) cover Biochemistry, Cell Biology, DNA technology, Microbiology, Physiology, Data collection and Analysis, Research Design and Delivery, Field Course.
Part II: Third Year
Students begin work on their 30 credit Research Project, Laboratory and Literature Review Project or a Bioscience Education dissertation module. The Research and Laboratory Projects are laboratory-based and provide an in-depth Research led experience of techniques from a range of subject areas (reflecting the research profiles of individual staff). The bioscience education module gives students the opportunity to investigate the teaching of a current topic of bioscience research in secondary schools and to plan and deliver sessions of their own. This option is particularly suited to those students considering a teaching-based career. All projects are finished in the following Michaelmas term.
Michaelmas and Lent Terms
Students choose eight modules (four per term) per term from those on offer (shown in Part II (year 3) module choices above). Each five week module consists of 10 lectures, five workshops or practicals and a substantial component of guided, independent study.