- Course overview
You'll carry out an in-depth research project specifically designed for the needs of incoming foundation degree students, using a range of practical skills, data gathering and interpretation, scientific literature synthesis and communication skills. You'll also be able to develop your knowledge and practical experience from a range of option modules.
All students on our degrees have the option of undertaking a (minimum of 6 month) work placement at a company or university anywhere in the world undertaking some kind of work (usually research-based) relating to their programme of study.
- Year 2
BIOL307 Advanced Skills and Concepts
You will select 3 'podules' - short courses of study that revolve around a particular set of advanced skills or concepts not typically found in undergraduate programmes but often highly desired by employers. In each 'podule', you will be assessed both in the form of coursework (usually addressing the conceptual basis) and in a practical assessment of your ability to carry out a particular method.
BIOL314 Research Project
The largest component of the module comprises a research study element that incorporates the design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data. Other elements include a conduct of study component and a communicating science element. Students will also complete a comprehensive introduction to the research report that incorporates a brief literature review of the topic that addresses wider issues of relevance to their field of research study.
BIOL301 Plant Biotechnology
You will understand the role of plant biotechnology in food security with consideration of both scientific and social matters, such as ethics.
BIOL310 Global Change Biology
You will gain an overview of the state of the art understanding of the consequences of climate change across all three domains of life. From this, you will understand how climate change biology is essential in conservation theory and practice and the impacts of climate change and both local and global scales.
You will gain a detailed understanding of concepts and principles of environmental hazard and risk assessment with an emphasis on the evaluation of the ecotoxicological methods used in the assessment of pollutants on the aquatic environment.
BIOL319 Animals and Society
You will explore and understand human perceptions of animals and their worth. You will understand the sociological development of obligations and ideologies, and how they relate to animal protection and use, alongside wider global issues that impact on our abilities to manage such notions.
BIOL320 Animal Nutrition
You will understand the principles and practice of animal nutrition for a range of species. You will understand feeds and their evaluation, diet formulation and feeding methods. You will examine the impact of ingredient, physical, manufacturing and legal constraints on the production of feeds.
BIOL321 Pharmacology and Natural Products
You will understand the diverse range of useful compounds and materials produced by living organisms that can be harnessed by humans. You will understand the chemical and biological diversity of natural products along with strategies for identification, characterisation and extraction.
BIOL3313 Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
You will understand the environmental microbiology that underpins biotechnologies relating to biofuels, fermented foods and beverages, mining, bioremediation, nuclear waste processing, commodity production, waste treatment and antibiotic production. You will undertake coursework to evaluate the commercialisation potential of a given biotechnology.
Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.
The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:
The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.