How will I study biological sciences and wildlife?

As the impact of climate change and the threat to our ecosystems becomes an ever-growing concern, now is the time to get time to get to the heart of the key environmental issues facing humans and wildlife across the planet.

Our biology and wildlife-based courses feature an impressive range of practical experience and real-world research, enriched with placements and field trips, to make sure that you're ready for your career once you graduate. 

Field Work

Students holding a snake

Nothing beats going out into the wild! Live projects and field trips, both in the UK and overseas, will be at the heart of your biology and wildlife studies. These memorable experiences will help to develop your practical skills and real-world understanding, so your can make a difference once you graduate.

If you’re looking to include a placement year as part of your degree, you can use our extensive professional network to find opportunities with leading wildlife organisations and research institutes throughout the world.

Previous wildlife students have taken on volunteer work at local organisations such as the Bat Conservation Trust, the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Chester Zoo and Yorkshire Wildlife Park, as well as further afield at the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project in Borneo and Serra dos Órgãos National Park in Brazil. 

Lectures and Tutorials

Science tutor in the laboratory

You are probably familiar with lectures and tutorials at school and college - they are are a key part of building your theoretical knowledge at University too.

We use lectures to introduce you to core topics, with seminars and tutorials providing opportunities to discuss them with your tutors and other students in smaller groups and develop your understanding.

Lectures and tutorials are delivered by our highly-skilled lecturers, who have real-world experience in their field. 

Laboratory Practicals

Science students in the Bodmer laboratory

As a biological sciences and wildlife student, you're also going to spend time in our laboratories, so we've made sure that we have access to some of the best around. We've designed our facilities to mirror those used in professional practice, so that when you graduate you will have practical skills to get started in your career. 

During your studies, you'll be based in our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory, known as the Bodmer Labs. Throughout your degree, you will complete practical experiments and projects in these labs to strengthen your laboratory skills and help you apply complex scientific knowledge.

The labs hosts industry-standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.  Many of these facilities are used for live industry research projects too, which means that you will also benefit from access to emerging innovations and discoveries.

Self-Directed Study

Successful knowledge-building means lots of study time.  Whether you are collaborating with your course mates on a group project, or working your way through the latest tutorial reading list, you'll spend lots of time in our library.

Inside Clifford Whitworth library

Our recently-refurbished Clifford Whitworth Library has lots of physical and virtual resources that will support your wildlife studies. The modern learning space includes computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to scientific journals, databases, and software.

With an onsite cafe, breakout areas, comfy chairs and 24-hour access, it is also the perfect place for writing up lecture notes and finalising assignments - day or night!

Assessments

Biomedical science

Along with the learning comes the assessment!

Don't worry - we've shaped our assessments, so they help you to check your progress and help you build skills that will support your future employability and academic success.  We provide regular feedback throughout your studies in the form of personal written communications, online notes, and group-based feedback.

Typical assessment combines coursework and exams, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years one and two and up to a half of your marks in your final year. We also use other formal, informal and continuous assessment methods that could include:

  • Research projects
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Literature reviews
  • Field notebooks
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations