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Skill development



The biological sciences are hands-on subjects, and we pride ourselves particularly on the practical training we provide. Students can expect to spend many hours in the lab or in the field by the time they graduate, learning techniques and honing skills that will stand them in good stead whatever they do afterwards. We regularly invest in lab and field equipment to provide an up-to-date experience, ranging from fluorescence microscopy to mass spectrometry, small mammal trapping to seed culture. 

All students undertake an Individual Research Project in their final year, providing the ultimate experience that not only brings together the practical skills acquired in earlier years, but also gives students the opportunity to develop in other ways that are important to employers. These include project management, time management and teamwork, as well as the opportunity to demonstrate resilience, self-motivation, and communication skills. Our popular placement scheme helps students develop these skills in the workplace, too.

Our flexible degree structure allows you to keep your options open so you can change your course within the ‘organismal’ or ‘molecular’ portfolios right up to the start of the second year (subject to capacity). Transferrable skills, including numeracy, scientific writing, data interpretation, presentations, logical thinking and debate, are embedded within all of our degrees, which are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. All of our students get small-group support in these areas, as well as individual study advice and pastoral care from their personal tutor and the College’s support services.



95 per cent of our graduates are employed or in further education within six months of graduating.

Meet Kirsty


"I chose Biology because of its breadth and diversity and complete fascination of the subject.

My course consists of lectures, practicals and tutorials, which link together to further my understanding of the topic. So far, I have enjoyed my subject and look forward to the next few years of study."


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