Biological Sciences, BSc (Hons)

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This flexible course enables you to sample different subject areas before selecting your field of interest. It is therefore ideal if you have a passion for Biological Sciences, but are unsure of which area of study to specialise in.

This course gives a sound grounding in biology. It will enable you to specialise in your chosen field of interest for the remainder of the course. After a common first term of study you can choose one of the following pathways and tailor your degree accordingly:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Environment and Leisure Management
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This flexible course enables you to sample different subject areas before selecting your field of interest. It is therefore ideal if you have a passion for Biological Sciences, but are unsure of which area of study to specialise in.

This course gives a sound grounding in biology. It will enable you to specialise in your chosen field of interest for the remainder of the course. After a common first term of study you can choose one of the following pathways and tailor your degree accordingly:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Environment and Leisure Management
Why choose this course?
  • The amount of practical work is very high across all Biosciences courses and this includes regular field trips for ecology.
  • You will have the option to undertake a work placement after year two. This is facilitated by a dedicated Placement Office.
  • You will benefit from our excellent links with industry, which include business ties with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and the NHS.
  • Our biological sciences courses have professional recognition. We were awarded a maximum score of 24 points in the latest External Subject Review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
  • In the last Research Assessment Exercise, our biomedical sciences research (subjects allied to medicine) was awarded a grade five, meaning that it is of international significance.

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When does the course start?

Your course induction will take place in the last week of September and your course will start in October. For more information take a look at our academic calendar for details of term start and end dates.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules throughout the course.

Year One
Core modules:

  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Practical Techniques for Biology.

Optional modules based on your chosen pathway:

  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • People and the Environment
  • Human Systems
  • Genetics and Immunology
  • Life on Earth
  • Natural Ecosystems.

Year Two
Depending on your pathway, you will complete compulsory and optional modules relevant to your area of interest.

Year Three
You will have the option to undertake a placement year.

Final Year - compulsory modules

You will need to undertake one of the following:

  • a research project
  • communication in Science and Technology and a short dissertation.

Optional modules will vary according to chosen pathway.

For further information, download the module descriptions document

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • visits
  • group projects
  • case studies
  • oral presentations
  • laboratory assessments and reports.
How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on a variety of components.

Coursework 28%

  • laboratory reports
  • assignments
  • poster presentations
  • case studies
  • final year research project/dissertation

Written 45%

  • multiple completion tests
  • formal examinations.

Practical 27%

  • laboratory assessments
  • oral presentations
Where will I study?

Most of your lectures and seminars will held across Clifton campus in Erasmus Darwin or the John Clare lecture theatres. Laboratory sessions will be held in the brand new Rosalind Franklin building as well as within Erasmus Darwin labs.

Learn from our experts

Dr Robert Beattie is a Principal Lecturer in Environmental Science, with over 30 years’ experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He has considerable experience of working with businesses to implement Environmental Management Systems and carbon management strategies. Director of Loreus Ltd, a leading e-training, software development and consultancy company, he has developed tools to help SMEs implement, operate and certify Environmental Management Systems in line with British, European and International standards.

Dr Peter Redfern is a Principal Lecturer in Environmental Science at NTU. He has over 20 years’ experience as a lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

He is the Managing Director of Loreus Limited, Director of EcoCampus and a former director of the BEST Network. Since 1989, he has been a director of several environmental management consultancy companies. He has 10 years’ experience of designing and developing sustainability software solutions for organisations, managing large scale environmental projects in both the public and private sectors and writing environmental e-learning courses.

Dr Chris Smillie has worked and studied in the environmental sector since 1987 and joined NTU as a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Management in 2010.

After gaining a degree majoring in Environmental Biology from Leicester University, Chris spent most of the 1990s working for the Scottish Wildlife Trust (predominantly conducting botanical surveys) and the North of Scotland Water Authority (now Scottish Water) conducting microbiological analyses. Since 2004, Chris has worked in consultancy, primarily conducting EcIAs in the UK, the Middle East and North Africa, with other international experience.

Dr Rachel Stubbington is the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences and MRes in Environmental Management and is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

A freshwater ecologist whose research considers the ecohydrology of river ecosystems, in particular intermittent streams, she is research active and since 2008 has published 12 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at 7 international conferences. Previously, she worked for the Environment Agency as a freshwater ecologist, then as a Research Assistant on an interdisciplinary NERC-funded project in the Department of Geography at Loughborough University.

Dr Chris Terrell-Nield is a Principal Lecturer and Undergraduate Courses Manager for the Biosciences cluster.

He chairs the Biosciences Course Leaders’ Group and the Exceptional Circumstances panel for Computing and Technology and co-ordinates Biosciences Peer Observation of Teaching. He has been involved in the supervision and assessment of many PhD students in subjects as varied as decomposition of remains in caves, the impacts of saline mining pollution and habitat modelling of water shrews. Chris is also a Training Provider for the Field Studies Council.

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The School of Science and Technology's stimulating and creative environment will equip you with the knowledge and transferable skills you need to be ahead of the crowd. We provide facilities that enhance the quality of our education and push the boundaries of our research. These include:

  • a British Olympic Association-approved environmental chamber
  • a crime scene house forensic-training facility
  • a host of sporting clubs and societies to get involved in.
Rosalind Franklin building

The Rosalind Franklin building provides some of the best laboratory teaching facilities for Chemistry in the UK. The large teaching laboratory space is equipped with modern IT facilities and equipment to ensure that you get excellent training in practical laboratory techniques and modern analytical methods.

Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Facility

Built in 2002 at a cost of £2.3 million, this facility supports the School's extensive biomedical research activities.

Natural Sciences Research Facility

The Natural Sciences Research Facility supports and enhances the School's research in physics, biosciences, chemistry, imaging, materials and sport.

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