Bsc Hons Biology Course

We invite employers and volunteering organisations to come and meet our students at our career evenings and there are opportunities for students to work with our partner institutions within and outside of Aberdeen. Ecological Genomics is a young and dynamic field where ecology intersects with high-throughput sequencing technologies. This technological revolution has opened exciting potential to address long-standing problems in ecology and evolution from a genome-wide perspective. This course will showcase the applications of different sequencing approaches and outlining how experimental work in this discipline is designed, executed and analysed.

In this module, you will be taken on a 4.5 billion year journey from the formation of Earth to the biologically responsive planet you see today. You will explore the effects of both biotic and abiotic processes on the evolution of living and fossil organisms. In this module, you will gain detailed knowledge of the influence of micro- and macro-evolutionary processes upon life on Earth. You will then be able to demonstrate the roles of selection and its influence at different levels and temporal scales. Your final year dissertation is an in-depth study that develops research, analytical and critical thinking skills.

The abilities gained on the programme will increase your appeal to employers in a wide variety of sectors, and our careers service offers help and advice for all of our graduates for as long you need it. You can choose modules allowing in-depth study of areas of interest; we regularly review our final year modules to ensure they include cutting edge topics. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project within your area of interest, working closely with a member of our academic staff to develop skills to prepare you for employment or post-graduate study.

These allow you to specialise in particular areas of knowledge that interest you. Find out more about what our biology graduates go on to do, what our biochemistry graduates go on to do and what our biomedical sciences graduates go on to do. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to be part of the next generation of scientists, helping make you highly sought after by employers. You’ll also be well equipped to apply the skills you’ve gained in a range of other careers such as business, management or marketing or even go on to further study, such as a master’s or PhD. You’ll have the chance to complete a paid year in employment between the second and third years of the course. You can try out a potential future career and apply the skills and knowledge you have learned in the real world.

You’ll gain lab-based experience from year 1 onwards, and pick up a range of transferrable skills from your field work and independent research projects. In this module you will develop an understanding of the physiological mechanisms underpinning adaptation to hostile environmental conditions such as anoxia, high hydrostatic pressure and extreme temperatures. You will look at how animals perform extreme feats such as high-speed running, flying, and swimming, perform long-distance migrations, and enter periods of hibernation and torpor. You will also consider how physiology, morphology and anatomy combine to allow survival in harsh environments and make extreme behaviours possible. From time to time, we make changes to our courses to improve the student and learning experience, and this is particularly the case as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. If we make a significant change to your chosen course, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.

Relevant work experience while you are at university is crucial to achieving a good graduate job. This opportunity will provide you with valuable work experience, and employers frequently offer graduate roles to interns. The first year is designed to give you a good foundation in all aspects of, from molecular genetics through to ecology. Modules include training in essential skills including fundamental laboratory and field skills, experimental design, scientific writing and data analysis. Our degree schemes in Biology, Zoology and Marine Biology are eligible for the Ysgoloriaeth Cymhelliant scholarships for those students who wish to pursue part of their studies through the Welsh language. Students who intend to study at least 33% of their subject through the medium of Welsh can apply.

In this area Mike is currently developing eDNA techniques to assess the effect of invasive and non-native species on species of conservation concern. Mike is also currently involved in a scheme to improve winter feeding for farmland birds at Lakeside campus in partnership with the local RSPB group. Fungi underpin life on Earth, but are far less well catalogued and understood than animals and plants.

In the event you do not secure a semester/year abroad placement, you will be transferred to the standard variant of your degree scheme without a semester or year abroad. This course offers some modules taught through the medium of Welsh or bilingually for students who consider themselves to be fluent Welsh speakers. For more details on the provision available see the Welsh Provision expander below.

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study. In addition to subject-specific knowledge of biological systems and concepts, you develop a range of practical and technical skills and learn how to use specialist techniques and technical equipment. Tutors are looking for an enthusiasm for biology and potential to study it at university. Interviews are not designed to test factual knowledge, instead, they show an applicant’s ability to think and to understand the biological knowledge they have accrued up to that time.

The balance of the assessment by examinations and assessment by coursework may depend on the optional units you choose. These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Find out about our approach for a safe campus experience for the current 2021 to 2022 academic year. It’s an exciting area of study that has a significant impact on our daily lives and is vital to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.