You are introduced to the key areas of Biology including molecular biology, physiology, ecology, evolution and the diversity and details of the major animal and plant groups, while also receiving a grounding in basic biochemistry, and biometrics and data handling.
A broad array of modules spanning the Biological Sciences are available for you to choose from, so that you can focus on areas that interest you. Recent modules have covered topics including organisms and ecology; evolutionary biology and behaviour; and molecular biology, physiology and biomedicine. A Research Methods module includes the development of a research proposal on a zoological topic of your choice. A residential field course in rural south Wales provides a week-long immersion into field and lab data collection.
You may select advanced modules from any area of biology, and have the opportunity to further specialise. An independent research project will account for one third of the final-year assessment and allows you the opportunity to collect seminal data on a topic of your choice, advancing current knowledge in that area. You also have the opportunity of going on a field course based in South Africa.
Examples of final-year project titles
- Factors affecting the emergence of pipistrelles.
- Learning in worms.
- Influence of stress on memory function.
The University’s laboratories are equipped with facilities for Biological Sciences. We also have excellent microcomputing facilities with specialist hardware and software.
From Roehampton you can easily access the many world-class facilities in London, including: Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures and Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. We also make good use of the excellent local wildlife areas, which include Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park National Nature Reserve and the WWT London Wetlands Centre in Barnes.