Biology is the study of life and embraces many different areas of both biological and biomedical interest. Studies range from exploring molecular structures, to understanding how genes work, the development and behaviour of microorganisms, plants and animals, their evolution, and their environmental interactions and impacts. It reveals core scientific knowledge of how cells and organisms function, and results in applications that underpin up-to-the-minute technological and scientific advances. In Ecology you will study organisms in relation to their physical and biological environment. The physical environment includes soil, water and atmosphere; the biological environment includes the way in which organisms influence each other. You will complete practical, laboratory and fieldwork assignments and will develop the skills and knowledge you need for a career in environmental protection and management. Our research in biological sciences is consistently ranked as internationally excellent. We offer a flexible programme structure, taught by dedicated teaching staff who are world leaders in their research disciplines, using state-of-the-art facilities. Within the School of Biological Sciences, a wide range of subject choices is open to all students beyond first year.