How will I study Science?

Science is a diverse and rapidly evolving field, involving a combination of practical laboratory and field work backed up by theoretical learning. If you choose to study a science-based subject at Salford you will have plenty of opportunities to put your knowledge to the test through hands-on experiments, field work and an optional placement year in industry.

Hands-on Learning

Science students in the Bodmer laboratory

As a science student, you're going to spend lots of time in our laboratories, so we've made sure that we have some of the best around. Our facilities are designed to mirror those used in industry, so that when you graduate you'll have practical laboratory skills to get started in your career. Explore the subject-specific experiences below and get a taste of what practical learning on your course will be like. 

Hands-on learning on your course

Biological Sciences and Wildlife


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 studies. There are field trip opportunities, both in the UK and internationally, to students across our biological sciences, zoology, marine biology and wildlife conservation courses. These memorable experiences will help to develop your practical skills, so your can make a difference once you graduate. 

Through a series of field trips to zoos, animal parks and wetlands, as well as the chance to
travel to a tropical rainforest, you will gain a real-world context and begin your conservation
journey in an unforgettable way.

You may also have the chance to volunteer for various wildlife or zoological organisations. In previous years our students have volunteered at sites such as the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project in Borneo; Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation in Canada; Serra dos Órgãos National Park in Brazil or closer to home at Blackpool Zoo or Yorkshire Wildlife Park. 

Biomedicine and Chemical Sciences

Science students experimenting

As a biomedicine or chemical sciences student you will be taught in our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. Throughout your course, you will enhance your laboratory skills and develop the ability to apply complex scientific knowledge to research through hands-on practical experiments. 

Studying in our specialist, purpose-built Bodmer Lab means that you will benefit from the latest technologies to support your learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery. The lab 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. 

Tour our Bodmer Labs >>> 



Physics student in the laboratory

As a physics student, you will spend a lot of time developing your practical laboratory skills to complement your theoretical learning. You will regularly use our Joule Physics Laboratories, which include a purpose-built suite of large, open-space teaching laboratories. 

This dedicated learning environment includes specialist areas and equipment for electronics, optics, lasers, computing, and materials synthesis and characterisation.  

Find out more about our Joule Physics Laboratories >>>

Lectures and Tutorials

Science tutor in the laboratory

Lectures and tutorials are a key part of building your theoretical knowledge base in your chosen science. You will experience teaching from our highly-skilled lecturers, who have real-world experience in their field and are active researchers in their specialised subjects. 

During your studies, you will experience a modern learning environment, with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 


Self-Directed Study


Inside Clifford Whitworth library

Successful knowledge-building means lots of study. 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.

Our recently-refurbished Clifford Whitworth Library has lots of physical and virtual resources that will support your science 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!