The ability to work in an interdisciplinary manner solving problems using the latest analytical and computational techniques has been identified by several Research Councils and independent reviews as an essential attribute for graduates entering the world of employment in the 21st century. Our new Life Sciences BSc has been designed to fulfil this need. Graduates of this programme will be equipped to work in a variety of professions requiring an understanding of Life Sciences, as well as other professions that value analytical skills and logical thinking.
Life sciences involve the study of living organisms. They include subjects from foundational sciences such as human biology, evolution and ecology. The life sciences capture areas that are on the cutting-edge of human knowledge, such as genetics and neuroscience. Together, the life sciences encompass our understanding of living beings on a cellular, biomechanical and psychological level, as well as how they interact with the environment. Our exciting new Life Sciences BSc includes the option of a professional placement year.
The course will give you a broad understanding of the life sciences. You’ll develop your knowledge of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, sports and exercise biology, biological psychology and the biological environment. The first year of the course is the same for all students. At Level 2, you’ll choose two specialisms from: biochemistry, cell biology, cognitive neurosciences, computational data analysis, environmental health, evolution and behaviour, genetics, infections and immunity, and sport and exercise sciences. In your final year you’ll continue to study your specialisms, majoring in one of them. Your module options at Levels 2 and 3 will depend on the major and minor streams you choose. The table below gives an idea of the options likely to be available. These may change once the course is approved. Please check our website for the latest details.
The course places strong emphasis on your professional development and you’ll boost your skills in data analysis, laboratory work, critical analysis and problem solving. You’ll have the option of broadening your knowledge by choosing a non-science module such as a modern language, management or computing study block. This course will prepare you for a career in a diverse range of fields such as the sport, health and exercise industry, biomedical research and ecology, and environmental management. It will also prepare you for further study and research in life sciences.