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This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous modules and from the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme. Further development of research skills, analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted in completing a dissertation.
The module considers current approaches to genetic manipulation and the widening fields of their applications. Ethical issues and regulations of the field of gene technology will be explored.
This module provides an overview of the concepts and methods associated with conservation within an increasingly anthropogenic environment. It addresses arguments for conservation as well as problems associated with wildlife conservation.
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of function and interaction of evolutionary processes upon Earth s biota. Effects of both natural and anthropogenic mechanisms/processes upon the evolution of extant and palaeobiota are examined within the context of specific case studies investigating events throughout the whole Phanerozoic.
The module explores genetic and environmental factors that lead to changes in cells and cell processes with an emphasis on cellular and molecular responses in cancer. It reviews the current and future potential for molecular biology in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease including the associated ethical issues.
This module aims to provide an understanding of processes involved in regulation of gene expression and current laboratory methods available for investigation. It also aims to provide an understanding of how gene expression may be modulated according to changes in the cellular environment, how environmental conditions can trigger changes in these processes and how aberrations in gene expression can lead to disease.
This module gives you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of a current topic within a biological sciences subject area of interest to you. You will be guided towards independent research of an appropriate topic of your choosing and then present your findings orally and in writing.
This module enables you to recognise the current and future impact of sustainable biotechnology. The module will explore the role of biotechnology in plant and animal biotechnology, in waste remediation, clean and dirty water management, and the production of renewable energy sources. The importance of these processes for society and health will be explored.
This module enables you to gain credits for work experience related to your programme. It aims to link academic learning to a placement organization. The experience provides opportunities for you to work in a relevant organisation and enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, co-operation and self-reliance.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Dr Anne Ropiquet is a molecular biologist whose research encompasses genomics, ecology, anatomy and conservation science. Her work involves many different organisms and spans many environments from a super-computer lab in London, tropical forest in Mauritius, a zoo in Paris or a National Park in South Africa.
Dr Stephen Kett is an ‘old school’ field biologist with interests in freshwater biology/ecology and UK natural history. When pressed, he admits to specific research interests in fish and fisheries biology, pond ecology/conservation and general aquatic macroinvertebrate biology.
Second year student, BSc Environmental Biology
I was drawn to Environmental Biology as there is a lack of research relating environment to evolution or other biology pathways, and this gap in the field inspired me to delve into this area of study. The fieldwork opportunities, for example going to Mauritius for a bio-diversity trip to examine conservation, really appealed to me too. It’s not just theory based; you have practical lab sessions and there is a definite focus for hands on learning. The labs are very well stocked and we have access to a state of the art mass spectrometer (MALDI-TOF). The course is a small, close group, enabling 1:1 conversations with lecturers who really understand your strengths and weaknesses.
The highlight of my time here so far has probably been working as a Student Learning Assistant – it has helped me a lot with my confidence, and giving back to first years knowing I was in their position so recently feels very fulfilling. Working at the STEM Festival was really fun as well; I love the outreach element and encouraging other students to become interested in science and biology specifically.
After this degree, I’d like to pursue an MSc and PhD combined programme.
Start: October 2020, Entry is only for Year 3
Start: October 2020, Entry is only for Year 3
Start: October 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with placement, 5-6 years part-time