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Degree programmes

We offer seven Single Honours BSc degree programmes and one joint Honours programme. These are grouped under two broad divisions, of Molecular and Organismal Bioscience. Our degrees are flexible which means you can transfer between programmes within each division up to the start of the second year.  For full details of course units please see our undergraduate brochure.

Molecular Bioscience degrees

These programmes are centred on the intricate molecular machinery by which cells convert energy, make complex molecules, move, divide and communicate with each other.

Biomedical Sciences

Study of the biological basis of disease, which underlies important advances in our ability to treat illness.

  • Year one includes Cell Biology and Genetics; Living Systems: Animal and Plant Physiology; Principles of Molecular Bioscience; Biochemistry
  • Years two and three focus on specialist medical courses such as the clinical diagnosis of disease, cell and molecular neuroscience, clinical physiology and the molecular basis of inherited disease, with many lectures given by clinical experts from the local hospitals.

Biochemistry

Study of the molecular and chemical basis of all life processes.

  • Year one includes Cell Biology and Genetics; Living Systems: Animal and Plant Physiology; Principles of Molecular Bioscience; Biochemistry
  • Years two and three focus on advanced topics including pharmacology and toxicology, physical biochemistry for life scientists, bioenergetics, biosynthesis and metabolic regulation, and protein structure and function.

This degree also provides a wide range of optional subjects, such as developmental biology, molecular and medical microbiology, or climate change, providing a high level of flexibility in the choice of courses and enabling students to tailor the degree towards their own interests.

Molecular Biology

Study the genetic blueprint of organisms and their impact on such diverse areas as development, behaviour and disease.

  • Year one includes Cell Biology and Genetics; Living Systems: Animal and Plant Physiology; Principles of Molecular Bioscience; Biochemistry
  • Years two and three focus on advanced topics including cell and molecular neuroscience, molecular basis of inherited disease, proteomics, genomics and bioinformatics and molecular biology of cancer. 

Medical Biochemistry

Investigate the molecular basis of disease and the development of novel therapeutic strategies.

  • Year one includes Cell Biology and Genetics; Living Systems: Animal and Plant Physiology; Principles of Molecular Bioscience; Biochemistry
  •  Years two and three focus on advanced molecular biology topics including applications of molecular genetics in biology, protein structure and function, molecular basis of inherited disease, molecular and medical microbiology, proteomics, genomics and bioinformatics and cell and molecular biology of cancer. 

Organismal Bioscience degrees

These programmes are wide-ranging and address aspects of life on earth from the cellular to the whole-organism level.

Biology

The structure, function, evolution and diversity of living organisms and the interactions between them.

  • Year one includes Diversity of Life; Ecology: animal behaviour to environmental conservation; Cell Biology and Genetics; and Living Systems: Animal and Plant Physiology
  • Years two and three cover topics including plant life, evolution, marine ecology and biodiversity, field ecology, climate change, population and community ecology and conservation biology.

Ecology and the Environment

Study the interactions of plants, animals and their environment.

  • Year one includes Diversity of Life; Ecology: animal behaviour to environmental conservation; Cell Biology and Genetics; and Living Systems: Animal and Plant Physiology
  • Years two and three focus on topics including insects, plants and fungi, invertebrate form and function, marine biology, applications of molecular genetics and plant life.

Zoology

Learn about the diversity and evolution of animals, their adaptations to different lifestyles and habits,

  • Year one includes Diversity of Life; Ecology: animal behaviour to environmental conservation; Cell Biology and Genetics; and Living Systems: Animal and Plant Physiology
  • Years two and three cover evolution, behavioural ecology, cell and molecular neuroscience, conservation biology and cell and molecular biology of cancer. 
Biological sciences undergraduate brochure 
 
 
 

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