Biological Sciences impact almost every aspect of modern life, and this broad-based training in Biological Science offers key transferable skills opening up varied career opportunities.
You will begin with a broad foundation in biological sciences covering topics from microbiology, to cellular chemistry and anatomy. Progressing to cover topics such as biochemistry and biotechnology, and ecology and environment. This allows will you to understand the full range of practical applications of biology, from industry to the impact of an expanded human population upon our environment.
In your final year explore pathopharmacology and cell and molecular biology, building knowledge of the biochemical and biological mechanisms related to health and disease.
We have excellent laboratory facilities, and your final-year research project, supported by research-active staff, provides training in practical techniques.
This small, but diverse, department has over 30 years’ experience of running Bioscience courses.
Our world-leading expertise in teaching and research ranges from environmental science, applications of molecular biology in cancer treatment and diagnosis to biophysical analysis of proteins and drug interactions.
Many graduates work in national and international research, and teaching careers.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- This course achieved 97% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015.
- Learn about the latest advances in Biological Sciences from research-active staff.
- Study using excellent laboratory facilities for practical classes and assessment.
- Develop your understanding and ability to discuss the ethical issues around developments like cloning and the human genome project, and the biological impact of climate change.
- Gain a sound base in biology and biochemistry – understanding how living organisms work and the human body functions – which offers you wide-ranging career opportunities.
- Explore advances in areas such as biotechnology and medicine, and the impact they have.
Key aspects of the course that emphasise employability include:
- Training in key laboratory techniques relevant to employment within the Biological Sciences, including awareness of relevant health and safety, legal and ethical considerations.
- Training and practice in the scientific method that underpins all scientific research (developing novel hypotheses, testing these by experiment, accurately interpreting data and understanding error, and drawing valid conclusions).
- Practice in professional standards of reporting including laboratory reports using the standards of professional research publications, preparation of scientific conference posters, and written and oral presentations.
- Guest lectures from employers and from the University’s careers service.
- Graduates from our BSc (Hons) Biological Science course may seek employment within academic or government research laboratories, or within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. Relevant science jobs outside of laboratory work include teaching, scientific equipment sales reps, scientific journalism or media, and public awareness of science. Furthermore, the training our students receive in information sourcing, data analysis, and presentation skills are relevant and important to a broad range of non-science careers from managerial posts to politics.
Graduates from our BSc (Hons) Biological Science course may also pursue further scientific training through a variety of Masters programmes or PhDs related to biosciences, or through graduate entry medicine or dentistry programmes.