The School of Life Sciences aims to provide excellence in education in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences. As a school we offer science degrees in Biochemistry, Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience and Zoology (with some variations e.g. Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Human Genetics and Tropical Sciences). Our teaching is very much research-led, ensuring that our courses are at the cutting edge and that our students are prepared for a wide range of careers. All of our students in their final year join a research group and conduct an original research project. Some students also have the opportunity to study an undergraduate Masters’ degree over 4 years. In addition, the School also contributes substantially to the teaching of Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Pharmacy.
We offer a range of three- and four-year courses, most of which combine biochemistry with another subject. Our BSc and MSci courses include Biochemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine, Biochemistry & Biological Chemistry, Biochemistry & Genetics, Neuroscience with Biochemistry.
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Our BSc and MSci Hons Biology degrees offer a broad training across the discipline of biology, reflecting the breadth of expertise of our academic staff. We deliver modules serving wide fields of study and ensuring the opportunity for specialism as you progress through your degree. You can also register for modules delivered by other Schools, either within or outside the sciences. Up to year two, students registered for the Biology degree have the option to switch to some other degrees offered by our School (e.g. Genetics, Human Genetics, Zoology).
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Genetics is an exciting and rapidly developing part of modern biology, biotechnology and medicine, forming the basis of many major recent advances, and acting as a central link between diverse areas of biology. All degree programmes in biological subjects at Nottingham include some element of genetics teaching, but this degree programme offers the student the opportunity to specialise in the study of genetics.
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Human Genetics is one of the fastest growing areas of biology. Modern molecular techniques and the building of genome databases are enabling rapid progress in human population and medical genetics and in the fields of development, ecology and evolution. Nottingham is a particularly good place to study human genetics because our internationally renowned research staff, active in all areas of human genetics, supply cutting-edge, research-led teaching during the three/four-year courses.
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The School of Life Sciences delivers about 70% of the BMedSci degree (which makes up the first three years of the five-year medicine course) to around 260 students in each year. At the end of the course, you receive a BMBS qualification which enables you to enter preregistration posts and qualify as a doctor registered with the General Medical Council.
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Neuroscience is a fascinating area of study, focusing on the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system in terms of their function and dysfunction associated with central nervous system disorders. As such, neuroscience encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including behaviour, genetics and cellular and molecular biology.
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The School of Life Sciences, in partnership with the School of Pharmacy, delivers an innovative Master of Pharmacy degree which gives students the chance to study part of the course at our campus in Malaysia.
Around 220 students in both the UK and Malaysia take the course each year, with graduates entering preregistration posts before qualifying as registered pharmacists in hospital, community and industry.
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This degree provides a comprehensive, modern treatment of a range of biological sciences in the context of the tropics. It emphasises the particular challenges posed to humans and other organisms (eg environmental change, rapid population growth) in tropical environments.
Students spent their second year at our campus in Malaysia.
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The BSc and MSci Hons course in Zoology provides students with a comprehensive education in Zoology, with opportunities to learn the underlying principles, defining concepts, theories, methods, current knowledge and development of the subject. The curriculum is delivered by dedicated, motivated, research active staff, who provide up-to-date information in their respective disciplines.
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