Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 20/12/2015
College College Life and Env Sci
School School of Bioscience
Department School of Biosciences
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Sci. Biological Sciences with Professional Placement Full-time
Programme Code 884A
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme
  • To provide access to Masters level education in Biological Sciences for higher quality students of which the majority are traditionally post A-level;
  • To develop a broad appreciation in UG students of the scope of modern biology,
  • encompassing levels of biological organisation from molecules to ecosystems, and major groups of organisms;
  • To maximise flexibility and opportunities for choice of modules and degree programmes so that UG students develop from an initial understanding of a broad core of biological sciences and maintain that breadth of study throughout the programme or move towards increasing specialisation;
  • To provide students with the possibility of experiencing current research, its methodology and significance;
  • To encourage students to progress from dependent to independent learners and critical thinkers;
  • To stimulate students to acquire a long-term interest in, and enthusiasm for, biology and scientific scholarship;
  • To enable students to move into a range of biological careers, either immediately after graduation or following further specialist training;
  • To encourage the development of transferable skills (e.g. intellectual, numerical, analytical, communication) enabling students to move into diverse contemporary occupations;
  • To provide pastoral support and guidance to enable students to maximise their achievements within their degree programme.
  • Allow students to apply the knowledge and learning gained in their academic training while carrying out their own supervised research in an active research environment
Additional Programme Aims for the Placement Programmes:
  • Draw upon theoretical knowledge and skills acquired during their degree and apply them in the work environment.
  • To allow students to experience the practical application of their subject in the working environment.
  • To allow students to experience the practical application of their subject in the working environment
  • Programme Outcomes
    Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
    Many aspects of modern biology from molecules to ecosystems
    One or more specialised areas of biology
    The methods of biological research, and how to carry out specified experimental procedures, and how to assess critically the nature of numerical data and their correct interpretation
    The relationship between the academic subject and how it is practised in the workplace
    Take responsibility for the development of your own learning and develop the skills required to negotiate with those in authority
    Lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory practicals, IT-based learning exercises; extended dissertation in final year.
    Unseen exams at the ends of Years 1, 2 and 4 . In-course assessment by means of assessed essays, laboratory reports and tests. Assessed project report and/or library-based dissertation in final year.
    Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
    Enhanced critical and judgemental abilities to meet the demands of life in a technological society
    The capacity to further their education and training through independent study
    Transferable communication skills such as written, oral communication and IT skills needed for further study, research or employment
    Report writing and oral reporting
    Teamwork and independence
    Relating to authority
    Time management
    Business, Medical and Environmental ethics
    Dedicated skills modules in Years 1 and 2 include interactive sessions and learning materials on report writing and oral presentation; assessed team based practical work; personal and group tutorials; IT-based learning resources.
    Assessed essays, oral presentations and practical reports; exam in IT skills; assessed exercises on experimental design; information retrieval and interpretation; assessed dissertation and project reports during final year