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Biology (Environmental Biology) (Year 3 Entry) BSc Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
C150
Start
October 2020
Entry is only for Year 3
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Anne Ropiquet

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

This course is recruiting for Year 3 entry only in October 2020. For our new Year 1 please see BSc/MSci Biology

In a rapidly changing world, biologists investigate environmental impacts at many scales. This pathway offers an integrated approach to environmental biology, investigating relationships between organisms and their environments at scales ranging from the molecular to whole ecosystem ecology.

Why study BSc Biology (Environmental Biology) at Middlesex University?

We offer an integrated approach to environmental biology, which investigates the relationship between organisms and their environments, from biological molecules to ecosystem ecology.

You will widen your studies to focus on contemporary environmental issues such as biodiversity, climate change and ecosystem balance.

BSc Biology (Environmental Biology) is part of a suite of biology courses, designed to offer choice and flexibility in the modules you study.

Course highlights


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What will you study on the BSc Biology (Environmental Biology)?

The core modules in Year 3 include evolution and conservation.

You will focus on skills associated with data/sample collection, analysis and ideas for innovative research projects. Additional emphasis is placed upon building effective team working skills and learning to work safely in potentially hazardous field environments.

What will you gain?

Each biology pathway focuses on core disciplines of biology including plant and animal biology, cell biology, microbial sciences and molecular biology, and research methodology skills to prepare you for your career, or postgraduate study.

Modules

We’ve made temporary changes to some course modules for students starting in 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, there’s information on these updates below.

  • Year 3 - changes for students in 2020

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Gene Technology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Conservation in a Changing World (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Aspects of Evolution (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Cellular and Molecular Biology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Gene Expression and Control (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Current Topics in Biosciences (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Sustainable Biotechnology (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

  • Year 3 - typical course content

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Gene Technology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Conservation in a Changing World (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Aspects of Evolution (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Cellular and Molecular Biology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Gene Expression and Control (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Current Topics in Biosciences (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Sustainable Biotechnology (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Biology Work Experience (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning - changes for students in 2020
  3. Teaching and learning - typical structure
  4. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. EU from Sept 2021
  3. International
  4. Additional costs

How can the BSc Biology (Environmental Biology) support your career?

From this pathway, you may enter careers in conservation biology, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, agriculture, environmental protection or consultancy work. This course can also lead to postgraduate study in a related disciplines such as an MSc in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation in Action or to a research studentship.

Teacher training for either primary or secondary school is also an option and one for which the field work component may prove to be of real value in the current employment market. Employment may also be sought on graduate training programmes, laboratory or technical work or in other disciplines such as science journalism for example.

Natural Sciences Academic Society

The Natural Sciences Academic Society is the Middlesex University Student Union society that aims to Increase awareness of biosciences and their applications in jobs, research and innovation. Members and officers organise and participate in a variety of activities and events to showcase biological sciences and to illustrate that they offer more than just being enslaved to a laboratory. They aim to help students become the next generation of leading scientists by offering a spectrum of opportunities to bring out personal qualities and passions necessary for good science.

Dr Anne Ropiquet
Senior Lecturer in Biology

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
SL in EnvScience & Engineering

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.

  • Hiya Deshpande

    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.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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