Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 26/09/2014
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 Full-time
Programme Code 7149
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 enable students to acquire knowledge and transferable skills in Biological Sciences that equip them for useful employment within and beyond the biosciences and in particular to provide training and learning opportunities which prepare them for careers in research or other areas where there is a need to be fully aware of research methodologies and philosophy. To offer a sound basic training in scientific methods by means of courses that flourish because of cross-fertilization between teaching and research. To provide a course structure that allows students to delay their ultimate choice of specialisation as late as possible and switch effectively to related areas of biology such as genetics, zoology, plant biology, microbiology and biotechnology as interests mature or change. The fourth year will provide in-depth training in research skills and methodologies in an appropriate area of biology and an extended opportunity to experience research at first hand.
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:
The fundamental principles at the heart of biological sciences including cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, development, evolution, animal and plant biology, microbiology and environmental biology
Evolution and molecular biology at a more advanced level
A range of related biosciences disciplines such as microbiology, molecular cell biology, ecology, plant biology, bioinformtics, biotechnology, animal biology and genetics chosen to give the background and knowledge relevant to the students┬┐ specialised areas of interest
A specialist knowledge reflecting our current understanding of biological sciences in selected areas and the evidence on which it is based
For students opting to specialise in environmental aspects of biology a basic understanding of the relationship between the environment and the distribution of plants and animals and basic techniques for studying spatial distribution, species diversity and population sizes
Research methodology in the biosciences and how to apply it to a specific problem in biology
Lectures, practical classes, workshops, tutorials, directed reading, optional field courses
Written examinations and continuous assesssment (including course tests, practical reports, data handling problem sheets, essays and presentations)
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:
The ability to integrate theoretical concepts and to demonstrate synthesis of ideas and critical analysis of evidence
Analytical numerical and problem solving skills which they can apply in a wide range of situations
The ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
Use Information Technology to obtain information and analyse data
Ability to work effectively in the research environment showing self motivation and the ability to work as part of a team
Tutorials, skills components embedded in all modules, participation in team-building residential course
Continuous assessment (including oral presentation, practical reports, data handling problem sheets, essays and literature comprehension exercise); extended project report