School of Biosciences

Fundamental skills

Key competencies

Scientific enquiry and research

As a bioscientist we will encourage you to adhere to the scientific method whatever your subject area, understanding how your results have been informed by the work of other scientists.  

Whatever your individual subject you should expect to be confronted with the scientific questions raised by your subject and to engage in critical assessment and intellectual argument. 

Problem solving and critical thinking

As a bioscientist you will be encouraged to strive to be engaged in your discipline and to be able to use critical thinking and problem solving to infer, analyse, evaluate and solve complex global issues such as

  • global food security
  • the environment and its protection
  • the growth, development and reproduction of plants and animals
  • the production and preservation of agricultural and food commodities
  • food quality, health, nutrition and safety.   

Digital literacy, IT and numeracy

You will be confident at selecting and analysing a range of sources of information and data (including appraising the validity and independence of this information), and apply appropriate technologies and techniques in your learning.

You will also develop professional skills in conveying this information to others in written, verbal and digital forms. 

All competencies

School of Biosciences

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough
LE12 5RD, UK

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