Our lecturers experts on a remarkable range of subjects, from the genetics and evolution of shark teeth, and tropical conservation and biodiversity, to how soils and plants regulate climate change and sustainable agriculture. They'll introduce you to cutting-edge ideas, and teach you how to formulate scientific questions, design experiments and interpret your data.
We put a big emphasis on developing practical skills in the field and in our state-of-the-art labs. There are lots of opportunities to be creative, think independently and express your ideas. You can even make your own wildlife documentaries.
Throughout your course, you'll be able develop the practical science skills that every biologist needs, under the supervision of our dedicated teaching staff. You'll cover techniques that range from DNA extraction and insect physiology to conservation modelling and water quality monitoring. These practicals can take place in the lab, or in local green spaces. Example topics include:
Talking the Talk: Getting Science on Film
Many of our students are inspired to study biology by seeing the natural world captured on screen. This module gives you the chance to make your own wildlife documentaries, with support and advice from professional filmmakers with BBC experience.
Project work is built into our degrees from the beginning. There's a week-long field course based in Sheffield in your first week of university, and research projects based around first and second year modules on genetics, computer modelling, behaviour, species interactions, conservation and climate change.
In third year, you'll tie your scientific skills together with an in-depth research project and dissertation. If you do one of our four-year research-intensive MBiolSci degrees, you'll get to do an even bigger project in fourth year.
In lectures, you'll learn fundamental biological concepts from the experts and hear about the latest research. We offer a huge range of lecture modules on topics that cover cells, genes and behaviour through to conservation, climate change and ecosystems.
Throughout your degree, you'll work in small groups of six or seven students to look closely at scientific problems with supportive academic staff. They'll guide you through some of the most interesting and, sometimes, challenging topics. You’ll work with data and develop your writing, presentation and critical thinking skills.
The cost of all core fieldwork is included in your tuition fees, this includes both one day field trips and compulsory field courses. All optional field courses (except for non-residential UK field courses) incur additional costs.
We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.