If you are fascinated by the world around you and want to understand how life on earth evolves, adapts and interacts, then this Biology degree is for you. Biology is the science of life. It is the scientific study of living organisms and the environment, and investigates levels of biological organisation from molecules up to ecosystems.
This well-established Biology degree is ideal if you want an all-round knowledge of biology. Subjects range from medical microbiology to primatology, from genetics to tropical field ecology. In the second year Frontiers in Biology module, students work in teams to develop project ideas and explore current research in depth.
As well as studying the varied habitats accessible in south Wales, our students have the opportunity to learn scientific diving techniques and develop field research skills in the tropical forests and coral reefs of either Asia, Central or South America
Our Biology degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, the professional body for biologists, so you can rest assured that this course provides the ideal preparation for a career in the field of biology.
What you will study
In the first year of your Biology degree you will gain a thorough grounding in key areas in biology, including microbiology, genetics, and ecology. You will also develop the techniques and skills to conduct work in the laboratory and in the field. You will begin to develop your transferable skills such as the ability to communicate effectively too.
The second year will expand your knowledge in core subject areas such as zoology, medical microbiology, GIS and human genetics. You will have the opportunity to study the latest research in a topic which interests you, and further develop your communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills. You are also able to choose from some optional modules, enabling you to tailor your biology degree to suit your own interests. There is the option for an overseas residential field trip.
During the third year of your Biology degree, you can specialise even further by choosing subject areas that best fit your career plans and passions. You will conduct an in-depth research project on a specific topic under the supervision of a member of staff, and you will have the opportunity to present the results of your research at an undergraduate internal conference.
Foundation year: Biology Degree
- Foundation Statistics
- Foundations of Mathematics
- Essentials of Science
- Foundation Biology
- Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
- Foundation Chemistry
- Physical Science
Year One: Biology Degree
- Microorganisms and the Dynamic Cell
- Genetics and Evolution
- Biological Research Skills
- Evolutionary Botany and Zoology
- Principles of Ecology
- Biological Chemistry
Year Two: Biology Degree
- Human Molecular Genetics
- Frontiers in Biology
- GIS for the Biological Sciences
- Vertebrate Zoology
- Medical Microbiology
Plus one of:
- Ecological and Wildlife assessment
- Tropical Ecology and Conservation
- Metabolism and Biochemistry
Year Three: Biology Degree
- Biology Research project
- Humans and other primates
- Agriculture, Evolution and Biotechnology
Then either two of:
- Advanced Ecology
- Marine and Freshwater Biology
- Global Ecological ChangeOr:
- Tropical Medicine
- Clinical and Molecular Immunology
We teach using a combination of group activities, lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, directed learning, online activities, UK and overseas field trips. The number of contact hours per week will vary depending on your module choice and year of study, but on average you can expect 10-12 contact hours over five days a week. You will also need to spend a significant amount of time each week on preparation for classes, background reading, revision, or working on assignments.
Our teaching is complemented by a range of subject experts who give guest lectures for various modules. There is also a Biology Speakers Series with a variety of external speakers which third year students have to attend, and other students are encouraged to.
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