Students take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- 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 must take the following compulsory module:
- Research Methods in Biology: helps you develop essential academic and transferable skills, with major emphasis on problem solving, through a combination of interactive lectures, independent data-handling workshops and group work on a mini research project.
You must also choose to take three of the following modules:
- Evolutionary Biology: gives an overviews of the history and major principles of modern evolutionary biology, aimed at contemporary biologists of all backgrounds.
- Invertebrate Zoology: surveys the major invertebrate groups, emphasising the diversity of body plans while demonstrating how the common functional requirements such as feeding, reproduction, respiration and excretion are achieved.
- Vertebrate Zoology: explores the diversity of vertebrate animals, beginning with the closest relatives of vertebrates and the evolutionary origins of the group.
- Ecology: introduces basic concepts in population and community ecology and how they relate to biodiversity.
Starting in third year, you will have the opportunity to begin specialising in Evolutionary Biology via the wide range of core modules provided. The modules cover a variety of topics from animal-plant interactions and zoology to pharmacology and neuroscience.
Here is a sample of Evolutionary Biology Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Ecosystems and Conservation
- Aquatic Ecology
- Animal Plant Interactions
- Infection and Disease.
In fourth year, you will study your chosen subject area at a deeper scientific level and will also have the opportunity to select from an extremely wide range of small, group-specialised modules. These modules are taught by academics at the forefront of their discipline who are teaching to their research strengths. A research project is also undertaken which occupies between a third and half of the year.