Your first year studying Biology and Wildlife

You are on your way to studying Biology and Wildlife with Salford. Ready to learn more about what to expect?

We've gathered some essential info, including a look at your first year modules, some tips about making the most of your time studying with us, and a few stories from students who’ve been there and done it.

 

    Your First Year

    Studying Biology and Wildlife , you will learn how we can solve some of the biggest challenges faced by humans, animals and the planet today, gaining skills that are in great demand. 

    Let's take a look at the modules you will cover during your first year.

    First Year Modules

    BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

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    Biodiversity - Study an overview of our planet's remarkable biodiversity, focusing on the major groups, their characteristics, their diversity, and their evolutionary relationships.

    Biological Skills -  Develop practical laboratory skills employed in biological laboratory practice and relevant to cell, organismal, micro and molecular biology, which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work 

    Study Skills- Learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement, and develop practical study and presentation skills, which can be applied to all your studies during year one and beyond.  

    Molecules to Microbes - Explore the principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance  

    Genetics - Genetics is a fascinating topic, not only in science, but also in data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. In this core module, you will look at DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, ethics and conservation biology.

    Cell Biology - Build a broad knowledge base about cell biology and gain a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to modules later on in your studies

    BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

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    Biodiversity - Study an overview of our planet's remarkable biodiversity, focusing on the major groups, their characteristics, their diversity, and their evolutionary relationships.

    Biological Skills -  Develop practical laboratory skills employed in biological laboratory practice and relevant to cell, organismal, micro and molecular biology, which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work 

    Study Skills for Marine Biology - Learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement, and develop practical study and presentation skills, which can be applied to all your studies during year one and beyond. 

    Global Distribution of Wildlife - Study an overview of the world’s major biomes and, using case studies from around the globe, explore the principal factors that drive the distribution of species and communities and the way wildlife adapts to these factors.

    Genes to Ecosystems - Use a systems-led approach to develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of genetics and ecosystems.

    Introduction to Marine Biology - Develop your knowledge of marine ecosystems and marine organisms through a comprehensive series of lecture sessions, delivered by marine biologists.

    BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation & BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology

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    Biodiversity - Study an overview of our planet's remarkable biodiversity, focusing on the major groups, their characteristics, their diversity, and their evolutionary relationships.

    Study Skills - Learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement, and develop practical study and presentation skills, which can be applied to all your studies during year one and beyond. 

    Global Distribution of Wildlife Study an overview of the world’s major biomes and, using case studies from around the globe, explore the principal factors that drive the distribution of species and communities and the way wildlife adapts to these factors.

    Genes to Ecosystems -  Use a systems-led approach to develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of genetics and ecosystems.

    Introduction to Zoo Biology - Explore the basic concepts of zoo biology through lectures, as well as day trips to local zoos.

    Field Biology - Learn field techniques required for ecological surveys of land and aquatic habitats, through lectures, fieldwork, computer and practical classes. 

    BSc (Hons) Zoology

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    Biodiversity - Study an overview of our planet's remarkable biodiversity, focusing on the major groups, their characteristics, their diversity, and their evolutionary relationships.

    Biological Skills -  Develop practical laboratory skills employed in biological laboratory practice and relevant to cell, organismal, micro and molecular biology, which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work 

    Study Skills - Learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement, and develop practical study and presentation skills, which can be applied to all your studies during year one and beyond. 

    Molecules to Microbes - Explore the principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance  

    Global Distribution of Wildlife - Study an overview of the world’s major biomes and, using case studies from around the globe, explore the principal factors that drive the distribution of species and communities and the way wildlife adapts to these factors.

    Genes to Ecosystems -  Use a systems-led approach to develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of genetics and ecosystems.

    Foundation Year Pathways

    If you are planning to study one of our biology and wildlife foundation year pathways your first year with us will be a bit different. 

    Our foundation year pathways are carefully designed to prepare you for study at a higher level.  You will focus on six modules that deliver essential scientific knowledge and study skills. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full BSc (Hons) degree.

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    Biological Principles - Explore  a range of ecosystems and the characteristics of plant and animal cells that form building blocks of all life forms

    Professional Communications - Build the academic practice and professionalism required for successful study at university

    Data Handling - Learn to apply statistical and mathematical methods and practises, using technology to present and communicate data and ideas

    Science for Health - Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health, including pollution, nutrition and drug development  

    Environmental Conservation - Study the fundamentals of ecology and sustainability, learn how to apply practical approaches to conservation, and build skills in literature review and report writing. 

    Scientific Methods (Biology, Marine Biology and Zoology Pathways) - Develop practical laboratory training, including the use of glassware and instrumentation, developing data recording and analysis,  and writing-up experiments

    Earth Processes (Wildlife Conservation Pathways) - Build a foundational understanding of earth and environmental processes, including taking a systems approach to look at the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. 

    Get Involved

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    University life is not just about study - it's about meeting new people too!

    Our students run a range of societies, from academia to sports, politics to the environment, performance to faith, where you can find like-minded students (or totally different!) and create a place to socialise, relax or even gain extra skills.

    We're biased but we're especially proud of our Wildlife Society. Follow their latest developments on Instagram and Facebook.

    Study Stories

    Wildlife student

    Salford is a great place to start your biological science and wildlife journey - but don't just take our word for it!

    Read about what some of our students feel about their Salford study experience. 

    Anna's experience studying Wildlife Conservation >>>