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MSci Hons Biological Sciences


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of)
UCAS Code: 1M66 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Biosciences Director of Studies: Dr AD Shirras
Total Credit Points: 480 Credit Points Year 2: 90
Credit Points Year 3: 150 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • The student may complete their enrolment by selecting from the following list:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student may complete their enrolment by selecting from the following list:
  • PartII (Year 4)
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Biological sciences offers students a diverse choice of modules in areas such as genetics, biomedicine, microbiology, ecology, physiology and conservation. In the first year, students gain a broad overview of key biological concepts, including Cell Structure and Function, and Evolutionary Biology. The flexible nature of the course enables students to transfer to one of our more specialised degree programmes after the first year. In the second year, students can choose to study a range of topics including Medical Microbiology and Populations to Ecosystems. In the third year, students have the opportunity to focus on their biological interests, selecting from a diverse range of topics such as Biology of Ageing and Global Change Biology. In the fourth and final year, students have the opportunity to specialise in areas of interest and to carry out a substantial laboratory or field-based project. Our links with external research institutions, such as hospitals and industrial laboratories, substantially enhance this degree scheme. 

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide a flexible but structured, progressive and thematic training in Biological Sciences which will provide students with a knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.
    • Prepare graduates for careers with a wide variety of employers such as pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries and government agencies. 
    • Offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project. 
    • Develop key transferable skills to prepare students for more general graduate employment.
    • Develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training.
    • Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.
    • Offer a broad range of modules within which students can select a specialised route.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key concepts in biological science. The topics covered are dependent on modules choices exercised by the students, but could include: Genetics, Microbiology, Parasitology, Biochemistry, Environmental and Conservation Biology, Global Change Biology, Animal Behaviour, Evolution, Cell Biology, Biomedicine and Ethics, Cancer, Cell Cycle and Stems Cells, Biology of Ageing, Immunology or Neurobiology.
    • Reason critically and demonstrate awareness of major issues in science including issue surrounding conservation and biomedical ethics, quality and risk.
    • Use appropriate equipment effectively and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work.
    • Demonstrate the skills necessary to plan, conduct and report substantial individual investigations including one at masters level.
    • Collect and present experimental data and to interpret numerical data.
    • Design and prepare project proposals as well as demonstrate the ability to formulate and test concepts and hypotheses. 
    • Retrieve, select, synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources; including from relevant Information Technology.
    • Communicate effectively through written and oral presentations.
    • Use relevant Information Technology including editing relevant Web-based resources.
    • Work independently or as part of a team. 

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