In first year, modules introduce you to core subject material relevant to all Biology degree programmes. Both of the following modules are compulsory.
- Biology 1: provides an introduction to molecular and cellular biology. It covers cell diversity and the origins of life, cellular structures and fundamental processes.
- Biology 2: provides an introduction to the diversity of life on Earth and will address key elements of organismal and ecological aspects of life.
In second year, modules are chosen which will best prepare you for your intended degree (or group of possible degrees) and new topics are introduced in some second year modules such as evolutionary biology and ecology. Students on the Behavioural Biology course must take the following modules:
- Research Methods in Biology: develops essential academic and transferable skills, with major emphasis on problem solving. This is achieved through a combination of interactive lectures, independent data-handling workshops and group work on a mini research project.
- Evolutionary Biology: gives an overview of the history and major principles of modern evolutionary biology.
- Ecology: introduces basic concepts in population and community ecology and how they relate to biodiversity.
- Vertebrate Zoology: explores the diversity of vertebrate animals, beginning with the closest relatives of vertebrates and the evolutionary origins of the group.
In third year you will have the opportunity to begin specialising in Behavioural Biology via the wide range of modules provided. Modules that have been offered in previous years include:
- Animal Behaviour: A Quantitative Approach
- Ecosystems and Conservation
- Animal Plant Interactions
- Gene Regulation
- Animal Cognition
- Marine Bioacoustics
- Complex Systems in Animal Behaviour.
In fourth year, students will conduct a research project which is designed to develop your skills in experimental design and problem-solving, the evaluation and interpretation of data, and communications skills. The project is selected and supervised by a member of academic staff.