Individual modules place emphasis on transferable skills in oral and written communication, information technology and the use of statistics as well as specialist subject skills and knowledge. Successful students develop a strong and varied scientific background that makes them highly employable.
The first year consists of compulsory modules covering Introductory Biology (at both Whole Organism and Molecular level), Environmental Science and Physical Sciences to a level needed to underpin sound biological knowledge. The ethos of the programme is to integrate the sciences together, rather than treating them as separate subjects. There is also an emphasis on experimental science, so students learn a wide range of practical techniques, including microbiology and cell culture.
In Years 2 and 3, core modules adopt a systems approach to biology with the emphasis on key aspects of employability (Laboratory, Computational Biology and Communications Skills), while further options allow students to specialise in areas that interest them, for instance, Ecology and Conservation, Plant Sciences or Animal Health and Welfare.
They also carry out a practical research project as part of a final year Individual Study and several projects in the past have resulted in publications in peer reviewed journals.
This programme is available as a combined honours degree too.