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BScBiological Sciences

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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This course gives a sound grounding in biology. It will enable you to specialise in your chosen field of interest for the remainder of the course. After a common first term of study you can choose one of the following pathways and tailor your degree accordingly:

Biomedical Science
Biochemistry and Microbiology
Ecology and Environmental Management
Physiology and Pharmacology
Why choose this course?
Our Ecology and Environmental Management pathway is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
The amount of practical work is very high across all Biosciences courses and this includes regular field trips for ecology.
You will have the option to undertake a work placement after year two. This is facilitated by a dedicated Placement Office.
You will benefit from our excellent links with industry, which include business ties with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and the NHS.
Our biological sciences courses have professional recognition. We were awarded a maximum score of 24 points in the latest External Subject Review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Programme structure

When does the course start?
Your course induction will take place in the last week of September and your course will start in October. For more information take a look at our academic calendar for details of term start and end dates.

What will I study?
You will study the following modules throughout the course.

Year One
Core modules:

Introduction to Cell Biology
Practical Techniques for Biology.
Optional modules based on your chosen pathway:

Introduction to Microbiology
Introduction to Pharmacology
Introduction to Biochemistry
People and the Environment
Human Systems
Genetics and Immunology
Life on Earth
Natural Ecosystems.
Year Two
Depending on your pathway, you will complete compulsory and optional modules relevant to your area of interest.

Year Three
You will have the option to undertake a placement year.

Final Year – compulsory modules

You will need to undertake one of the following:

a research project
communication in Science and Technology and a short dissertation.
Optional modules will vary according to chosen pathway.

How will I learn?
You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

group projects
case studies
oral presentations
laboratory assessments and reports.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on a variety of components.

Coursework 28%

laboratory reports
poster presentations
case studies
final year research project/dissertation
Written 45%

multiple completion tests
formal examinations.
Practical 27%

laboratory assessments
oral presentations
Where will I study?
Most of your lectures and seminars will held across clifton campus in Erasmus Darwin or the John Clare lecture theatres. Laboratory sessions will be held in the brand new Rosalind Franklin building as well as within Erasmus Darwin labs.

Learn from our experts
Dr Robert Beattie is a Principal Lecturer in Environmental Science, with over 30 years’ experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He has considerable experience of working with businesses to implement Environmental Management Systems and carbon management strategies. Director of Loreus Ltd, a leading e-training, software development and consultancy company, he has developed tools to help SMEs implement, operate and certify Environmental Management Systems in line with British, European and International standards.

Dr Peter Redfern is a Principal Lecturer in Environmental Science at NTU. He has over 20 years’ experience as a lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

He is the Managing Director of Loreus Limited, Director of EcoCampus and a former director of the BEST Network. Since 1989, he has been a director of several environmental management consultancy companies. He has 10 years’ experience of designing and developing sustainability software solutions for organisations, managing large scale environmental projects in both the public and private sectors and writing environmental e-learning courses.

Dr Chris Smillie has worked and studied in the environmental sector since 1987 and joined NTU as a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Management in 2010.

After gaining a degree majoring in Environmental Biology from Leicester University, Chris spent most of the 1990s working for the Scottish Wildlife Trust (predominantly conducting botanical surveys) and the North of Scotland Water Authority (now Scottish Water) conducting microbiological analyses. Since 2004, Chris has worked in consultancy, primarily conducting EcIAs in the UK, the Middle East and North Africa, with other international experience.

Dr Rachel Stubbington is the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences and MRes in Environmental Management and is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

A freshwater ecologist whose research considers the ecohydrology of river ecosystems, in particular intermittent streams, she is research active and since 2008 has published 12 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at 7 international conferences. Previously, she worked for the Environment Agency as a freshwater ecologist, then as a Research Assistant on an interdisciplinary NERC-funded project in the Department of Geography at Loughborough University.

Dr Chris Terrell-Nield is a Principal Lecturer and Undergraduate Courses Manager for the Biosciences cluster.

He chairs the Biosciences Course Leaders’ Group and the Exceptional Circumstances panel for Computing and Technology and co-ordinates Biosciences Peer Observation of Teaching. He has been involved in the supervision and assessment of many PhD students in subjects as varied as decomposition of remains in caves, the impacts of saline mining pollution and habitat modelling of water shrews. Chris is also a Training Provider for the Field Studies Council.

Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

enhance your communication skills
enrich your experience when travelling abroad
boost your career prospects.

Career opportunities

Your career development
Our graduates are highly sought after by employers because they leave the course with:

extensive practical experience
a strong background in scientific investigation and analysis.
Recent graduate salaries range from £16,000 – £30,000 per year in the following roles and companies:

Queens Medical Centre – Technical Officer (Apprentice)
Nottingham City Hospital – Biomedical Scientist
IMF – Lab Technician
South East Water (Scientific Services) – Cryptosporidium Analyst
Alere – Research Microbiology
Chesterfield Royal Hospital – Biomedical Scientist
Scientech Analytical Service – Microbiology Lab Technician
University Hospitals of Leicester – Research Laboratory Technician
Astra Zeneca – Integrated Pharmacologist
Sterigenics – Lab Technician
Loughborough University – Research Assistant in Ecology.
Many graduates choose to undertake further study on one of our courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States