The modules described here are the ones that we currently offer and will give you a good idea of the range of subjects that we teach. However as our undergraduate teaching is research led and we constantly review our teaching to ensure that the modules that we offer are up to date there may be changes to module titles and content.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2021. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
In the key first year Genetics module you will cover DNA structure and function, information flow, gene regulation and the genetics of bacteria and higher organisms. Along with all of the other students on the Biological Sciences programmes you will take other modules (listed below) designed to introduce you to all aspects of this broad subject discipline.
Genetics I - Storage of genetic information, gene expression and regulation, mitosis and meiosis, gene linkage and chromosome mapping.
Personal and Academic Skills: Communication and Data Analysis
Personal and Academic Development
Fundamentals of Biochemistry - Fundamental biochemical processes taking place inside cells
Introduction to Evolution and Animal Biology | Watch video - An overview of introduction from the pre-biotic era to Darwin and his impact. Natural selection, the origins of altruism and sexual reproduction, genetic determinants of evolution.
Cell Biology and Physiology - Tissues, organelles, reproduction and development.
Ecological Concepts and Plant Sciences - This module provides a broad overview of the biology of our environment, including topics such as climate change, conservation, ecophysiology and cell biology of plants.
Introduction to Microbiology | Watch video - Broad introduction to microbiology with a focus on infectious disease, covering bacteria, fungi, protists, archaea and viruses
In the second year Genetics module you will study the basis by which genetic variation arises and is transmitted from generation to generation. You will also look at the organisation, structure and dynamic nature of genomes, as well advanced topics in gene regulation in both bacteria and higher organisms, including man. In the core second year module Molecular Biology and its Applications you will study some of the more molecular aspects of genetics.
Genetics is central to all aspects of biology, you choose 4 other modules from the list below. If you are interested in genetics in the context of whole organisms you might choose the Animal and Plant modules, if you are more interested in molecular genetics you might choose Cell and Developmental Biology.
Genetics II - Organisation of genes and genomes, generation of genetic diversity, gene transmission and analysis of problems in transmission and molecular genetics.
Communication and Skills in Biosciences - Science communication in videography, writing and speaking, ethics in science, analysis of the scientific literature.
Molecular Biology and its Applications - Genetic analysis and gene cloning, DNA fingerprinting and forensics, genomics and computational approaches to genetics.
The final year is made up of a combination of taught modules and independent study. It is here that the link between the teaching and the research in the school is particularly important. You can choose between 3 project options, a practical project, a literature review project or an education-focused project. All three options carry the weight of 2 taught final year modules and all three train you in skills such as study design, recording & documenting data, ethics & safety as well as data analysis & interpretation.