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www.aber.ac.uk/biology
Index	        	         	        	       	      	
                                                    page
   Why choose to study with us                         1
   Introduction                                        2
   Living in Aberystwyth                               4
   Teaching                                            6
   Fieldwork                                           9
   Opportunities for IBS students                     11
   General admission requirements                     14
   Where do our students come from?                   15



   BSc	Honours	Degrees
   Animal Behaviour                      C120        16
   Biochemistry                          C700        18
   Biology                               C100        20
   Biology and Bioinformatics            C190        22
   Biology and Sports Science            CC16        24
   Environmental Biology                 C150        26
   Genetics                              C400        28
   Genetics and Biochemistry             CC47        30
   Genetics and Human Health             BC94        32
   Marine and Freshwater Biology         C164        34
   Microbiology                          C500        36
   Plant Biology                         C200        38
   Zoology                               C300        40
   Zoology and Microbiology              CC35        42
   Environmental Science                 F900        44
   Life Sciences                         C990        46
   Research at IBS & Other Information               48
 Why choose to study with us




The facts about studying at Aberystwyth
•	 Aberystwyth	has	one	of	the	highest	              •	 Aberystwyth	has	one	of	the	lowest	drop-
   research	incomes	per	member	of	                     out	rates	of	any	British	university.
   academic	staff	of	any	British	University.	
                                                    •	 The	employment	prospects	of	Aberystwyth	
•	 In	a	recent	survey	of	all	first	year	students	                                                  	
                                                       graduates	are	consistently	and	significantly	
   at	the	end	of	their	first	year,	95%	agreed	         higher	than	the	national	average.	98%	of	
   that	if	they	had	to	make	the	choice	again,	         Aberystwyth	graduates	are	in	employment	
   they	would	choose	Aberystwyth.	                     or	further	study	6	months	after	graduation.
•	 Aberystwyth	has	one	of	the	highest	
   percentage	of	students	expected	to	
   complete	their	courses	within	normal	time.	



Why study Biological Sciences at
Aberystwyth?

By	studying	with	us	you	will	benefit	from:           •	 Having	extensive	scope	for	change	of	
                                                        degree	scheme	at	the	end	of	year		and	to	
•	 Learning	with	approachable	staff	in	a	               a	lesser	extent	at	the	end	of	year	2.
   high-quality	learning	environment	which	is	
   friendly,	safe	and	secure.                        •	 Training	in	key	skills	which	is	integrated	into	
                                                        all	degree	schemes.
•	 Living	and	studying	at	one	of	the	most	
   attractive	campuses	in	the	UK.                    •	 Small	group	teaching	in	tutorials	in	years		
                                                        and	2.	Average	group	size	of	six	students.
•	 Studying	in	an	Institute	which	received	an	
   Excellent	rating	in	the	Teaching	Quality	         •	 Residential	field	courses	in	Spain,	Belgium	
   Assessment.                                          and	the	Netherlands,	Ireland,	Scotland	and	
                                                        Wales,	according	to	degree	scheme.
•	 Studying	in	a	rich	natural	environment.	
   There	are	three	National	Parks,	four	             •	 Modules	assessed	as	they	are	taken,	so	
   National	Nature	reserves,	a	Special	Area	            you	can	monitor	your	performance	as	you	
   of	Conservation	(SAC)	and	the	National	              progress	through	the	academic	year.
   Botanic	Garden	of	Wales	all	within	easy	
   reach.




                                                                                                           
    Facilities &
    Introduction Associated Bodies




                                                                                    The Institute’s
                                                                                    teaching was graded
                                                                                    excellent, the highest
                                                                                    quality category, by
                                                                                    a team of external
            The	Institute	of	Biological	Sciences	offers	        students	are	       assessors appointed
            a	unique	combination	of	accessible	natural	         admitted	to	the	    by the Higher
            habitats	and	first	rate	laboratory	facilities.	     Institute	each	
            There	are	three	National	Parks,	four	National	      year	of	whom	       Education Funding
            Nature	Reserves	and	a	Special	Area	of	              %	are	over	       Council for Wales.
            Conservation	(SAC)	within	easy	reach.	These	        2.	Students	
            marine,	freshwater	and	terrestrial	habitats	make	   in	the	Institute	
            Aberystwyth	ideally	situated	for	behavioural,	      come	from	all	over	the	British	Isles,	other	parts	
            ecological	and	environmental	studies	of	plants	     of	Europe	and	elsewhere,	e.g.	Eire,	Greece,	
            and	animals.	The	well-equipped	laboratories,	       Germany,	Japan,	Portugal,	Norway,	Spain.
            superb	computing	facilities	and	internationally	
            renowned	staff	also	make	this	an	ideal	place	to	    As	well	as	modern	lecture	rooms	and	
            study	zoology,	biochemistry,	genetics,	molecular	   laboratories,	facilities	in	the	Institute	include	
            biology	and	microbiology.                           aquaria	with	freshwater	and	seawater	
                                                                circulation,	several	state-of-the-art	molecular	
            The	staff	in	the	Institute	consists	of	35	          biology/biotechnology	laboratories,	an	extensive	
            academics,	8	postdoctoral	researchers	and	39	       suite	of	temperate	and	tropical	glasshouses	
            support	staff.	There	are	over	60	postgraduate	      (you	can	take	a	web	tour	of	the	glasshouses	
            students	in	residence	studying	for	a	variety	of	    on	www.aber.ac.uk/biology/news/intro.html),	
            postgraduate	degrees,	including	PhDs,	MPhils,	      a	large	number	of	controlled	plant	growth	
            and	MScs.	Approximately	200	undergraduate	          rooms,	a	bioimaging	suite	with	the	latest	in	




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electron	and	confocal	laser	microscopy	and	         day	(until	0pm)	and	the	main	ones	are	also	
an	analytical	laboratory	containing	a	suite	        open	at	the	weekend.	Staff	are	on	hand	to	
of	mass	spectrometers	linked	to	the	latest	         assist	with	enquiries	and	provide	assistance	
chromatographic	equipment.	Undergraduate	           when	needed.
students	use	these	facilities	as	part	of	their	
training,	dependent	on	their	degree	scheme.	        The	National	Library	of	Wales	is	one	of	
                                                    Britain’s	five	great	libraries	entitled	to	receive	
The	Institute	is	a	member	of	the	Aber	              a	copy	of	every	book	published	in	the	UK.	It	
BioCentre	(ABC)	which	together	with	                serves	not	only	the	population	of	Wales	but	
the	Institute	of	Rural	Sciences	and	the	            also	the	North	of	England	as	there	are	no	
nearby	BBSRC	Institute	of	Grassland	and	            other	copyright	libraries	closer	than	Oxford,	
Environmental	Research	(IGER)	promotes	             Cambridge	or	London.	
the	use	of	multidisciplinary	approaches	
to	tackle	biological,	biotechnological	and	         Our	students	have	access	to	a	wide	range	
agricultural	problems.	Our	students	benefit	        of	the	latest	computing	facilities.	A	large	
from	this	collaboration	as	final	year	students	     number	of	the	900	workstations	are	located	
can	undertake	research	projects	at	IGER	and	        on	campus	and	in	halls	of	residence,	providing	
staff	from	IGER	contribute	to	teaching	on	          unlimited	24	hour	access.	Aberystwyth’s	local	
some	of	our	modules.	There	are	also	close	          area	network	serves	as	a	gateway	to	the	
links	with	the	nearby	National	Botanic	Garden	      Internet	and	the	World	Wide	Web.	There	is	an	
of	Wales,	an	internationally	renowned	centre	       extensive	range	of	software	ranging	from	word-
for	plant	science	and	the	first	national	botanic	   processing	packages	and	databases	to	data	
garden	to	be	built	in	the	United	Kingdom	for	       analysis	and	graphics	packages.	Specialist	
over	200	years.	                                    staff	are	on	hand	to	provide	help	and	guidance	
                                                    to	all	users.	
Our	students	have	access	not	only	to	a	
modern,	well-equipped	University	Library	but	       In	addition	there	is	a	Language	and	Learning	
also	to	the	National	Library	of	Wales.	The	         Centre	which	offers	a	range	of	programmes	
University	Library	has	seating	for	over	,300	      for	students	in	the	University	and	provides	
readers,	houses	more	than	700,000	volumes	          specialist	help	in	writing	skills.	It	also	provides	
and	subscribes	to	more	than	3,500	current	          additional	specialist	support	for	students	with	
periodicals.	A	wide	range	of	CD-ROMs,	              dyslexia	to	enable	them	to	fulfil	their	academic	
networked	databases	and	other	electronic	           potential.
information	sources	are	also	available.	During	
term	time	all	libraries	are	open	throughout	the	




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    Living in Aberystwyth
    Facilities & Associated Bodies


                                                                             Tammy Robson	(BSc	Marine	and	
    Almost	all	the	Departments	and	most	of	the	                              Freshwater	Biology)
    Halls	of	Residence	have	been	built	since	
    960	on	a	spacious	campus	overlooking	the	                               I	didn’t	want	to	go	to	a	university	in	a	city	as	
    sea.	A	student	village	was	built	in	993	to	
                                                                             I	would	have	been	intimidated	by	the	number	
    accommodate	,000	students	on	campus.	
    About	60%	of	students	live	in	Hall	and	all	first	year	students	    of	students	and	would	have	felt	lost	in	the	crowd.		
    are	guaranteed	a	place	in	Hall	if	they	so	wish.	A	variety	of	      Yes,	everyone	here	knows	everyone	else	but	it’s	
    accommodation	ranging	from	traditional	full-board	halls	to	        nice	to	be	recognised,	even	when	you	are	in	a	
    self-catering	flats	is	available.	Aberystwyth	is	a	holiday	town	   youth	hostel	in	Chicago!
    and	there	are	guest	houses,	flats	and	cottages	available	
    for	rent	out	of	season.	The	University	Accommodation	              In	Year		the	course	gives	you	a	wide	grounding	
    Office	provides	assistance	and	advice	to	students	seeking	         of	all	biological	areas	and	having	had	a	gap	year,	
    accommodation	in	the	private	sector.			
                                                                       I	found	this	comforting.		In	Years	2	and	3	you	
    For	students	with	cars	or	motorcycles	parking	is	available	        choose	more	specialist	material	for	your	degree.	
    close	to	the	Institute.	There	is	a	regular	student	bus	service	    The	facilities	at	the	university	are	good	and	
    from	the	town	to	the	campus,	public	transport	is	also	             encourage	a	studying	environment.
    available.	Since	all	parts	of	the	campus	and	town	are	easily	
    accessible	by	foot,	transport	costs	can	be	negligible.             There	are	also	plenty	of	activities	whatever	your	
                                                                       interest.	I	am	a	student	volunteer	and	have	found	
    Aberystwyth	has	a	population	of	about	2,000	and	The	              it	a	very	rewarding	experience	that	reinforces	the	
    University	of	Wales,	Aberystwyth	has	about	6,500	students.		
                                                                       community	spirit	of	Aberystwyth	University	and	
    It	offers	a	safe,	friendly	environment	in	which	to	live	and	a	
    stimulating	one	in	which	to	study.                                 town.




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                    Rosalind McMichael	graduated	with	a	BSc	
                    (Hons)	Genetics	degree	and	works	as	a	
                    Medical	Technical	Officer	at	the	Regional	
                    Genetics	Laboratory,	situated	at	Birmingham	
                    Women’s	Hospital.

                    Aberystwyth	University	was	not	my	first	
                    choice	—	until	I	visited	on	an	Open	Day.	The	
                    students	and	staff	were	friendly	and	really	
                    seemed	to	love	the	place.	The	courses	were	
                    flexible	and	the	actual	place	beautiful.

                    Living	in	Aber	was	wonderful.	The	area	is	
                    gorgeous,	with	friendly	people,	and	although	
                    there	aren’t	many	night	clubs,	pub	life	
                    was	always	great,	many	staying	open	with	
                    extended	licences!

                    If	I	could	do	it	all	again,	would	I	choose	Aber?	
                    Absolutely!




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       Facilities & Associated Bodies
       Teaching


    The	Institute	offers	a	wide	range	of	degree	schemes	covering	         Science	(CC6)	and	Genetics	&	Human	Health	(BC47)	have	
    the	broad	spectrum	of	biological	sciences.	Students	study	in	an	      more	specialised	programmes	than	the	other	schemes,	but	
    environment which combines individual attention with flexibility      changes	at	the	end	of	year		are	still	possible	within	a	selected	
    and	choice,	hands-on	experience	with	theoretical	background,	         group	of	degrees.
    and	cutting-edge	ideas	with	traditional	values.	
                                                                          The	modules	taken	in	the	first	year	are	shown	in	each	degree	
    All	the	degree	schemes	are	modular	and	are	taught	over	three	         scheme	description	later	in	this	brochure.	An	average	first	
    academic	years.	Please	see	page	46	for	Life	Sciences	(C990),	         year	module	consists	of	20	lectures	and	up	to	five	three-hour	
    our	four	year	degree	scheme.	Each	academic	year	is	divided	into	      practicals.	
    two	semesters	that	span	three	terms.
                                                                          Welsh Medium Provision
    Each	year	students	follow	modules	that	are	worth	0,	20	or	           Teaching	is	in	English	but	about	0%	of	our	modules	can	be	
    30	credits	depending	on	the	amount	of	work	that	is	involved.	         followed	through	the	medium	of	Welsh	if	desired.		Students	who	
    The	degree	schemes	are	divided	into	Part		(Year	)	and	Part	         wish	it	can	also	have	a	Welsh	speaking	tutor.
    2	(Years	2	and	3).	In	Part		the	modules	are	mostly	worth	0	
    credits,	whilst	in	Part	2	many	of	the	modules	are	worth	20	credits	   Part 2: Years 2 and 3
    reflecting	the	more	specialised	information	within	them.	Each	        All	module	assessments	in	Part	2	contribute	to	the	final	degree	
    year	a	student	will	take	modules	totalling	20	credits,	usually	by	   classification.	Most	modules	are	worth	20	credits	and	consist	
    taking	modules	worth	60	credits	in	each	semester.                     of	30	lectures	and	up	to	five	three-hour	practicals.	In	all	degree	
                                                                          schemes	Part	2	students	follow	a	set	of	core	modules	that	form	
                                                                          a	coherent	basis	for	their	particular	degree,	to	which	they	add	
    Part 1: Year 1
                                                                          several	optional	modules	of	their	choice.	This	combination	of	
    First	year	students	take	a	study	programme	which	is	tailored	
                                                                          core	and	optional	modules	ensures	that	students	receive	an	
    to	their	degree	scheme	and	also	gives	a	broad	grounding	
                                                                          excellent	grounding	in	their	degree	subject	whilst	also	developing	
    in	the	Biological	Sciences.	This	breadth	enables	students	to	
                                                                          their	own	particular	interests.
    change	degree	scheme	at	the	end	of	the	first	year.	Students	
    contemplating	such	changes	are	offered	help	and	advice	by	
                                                                          The	third	year	of	all	our	degree	schemes	includes	a	research	
    degree	scheme	co-ordinators	and	tutors.	Biology	&	Sports	
                                                                          project	and	an	‘Honours	Special	Study’	module.	These	aim	to	
                                                                          develop	the	specialised	knowledge	and	techniques	that	are	
                                                                          associated	with	specific	degree	schemes.	

                                                                          Each	student	undertakes	an	individual	research	project	under	the	
                                                                          supervision	and	guidance	of	a	member	of	staff.




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The	project	may	involve	work	in	the	laboratory,	the	field,	the	
library	or,	commonly,	a	combination	of	these.	Students	often	
work	in	one	of	the	Institute	research	groups	and	can	contribute	
to	work	at	the	frontiers	of	research.	The	project	results	in	a	
written	thesis	and	an	oral	presentation,	in	which	students	make	
full	use	of	the	transferable	skills	that	they	have	acquired	during	
their	courses.

In	the	Honours	Special	Study	module	students	select	a	topic	
from	a	range	that	is	relevant	to	their	degree	scheme.	Topics	         Transferable skills
offered	recently	include	Climate	Change	Biology,	Genetics	            As	soon	as	they	start	a	degree	in	Biological	Sciences	students	
and	Society,	Information	and	Data	Handling	in	Biochemistry,	          are	introduced	to	a	variety	of	transferable	skills	via	an	
Deep	Sea	Biology,	The	Mammals,	Human	Disease	and	Public	              Information	Technology	and	Quantitative	Biology	module.	This	
Health,	and	Bioleg	a	Chymdeithas	(a	Welsh	medium	topic).	             has	been	designed,	amongst	other	things,	to	develop	those	
Students	undertake	a	detailed	study	in	their	chosen	area	and	         basic	skills	required	to	access,	input,	process	and	present	
develop	a	variety	of	analytical	and	transferable	skills.		The	        biological	information	using	up-to-date	technology.	Students	
emphasis	on	this	module	is	on	student-centred	learning;	              studying	at	Aberystwyth	have	24	hour	access	to	a	wide	range	
generally	it	demands	use	of	library	and	database	research	            of	the	latest	computing	facilities	through	the	large	number	of	
sources	and	often	involves	team-working.	                             workstations	located	on	campus	and	in	halls	of	residence.	In	
                                                                      addition,	this	module	offers	guidance	on	enhancing	study	skills,	
                                                                      improving	time	management	and	adapting	to	the	new	ways	of	
Assessment                                                            learning	and	teaching	used	in	higher	education.
Student	assessment	is	based	on	traditional	examinations	
(essays,	short	answers,	multiple	choice)	together	with	open	
book	examinations,	continuous	assessment	                                             All	of	these	transferable	skills	are	developed	
(practical	reports	and	essays),	seminars	and	                                         further	through	the	final	two	years	of	the	
project	work.	The	balance	of	the	assessment	                                          degree	schemes.	Many	modules	require	
methods	depends	on	the	module	chosen	for	study.	                                      students	to	give	oral	presentations,	prepare	
Some	modules	are	only	assessed	by	continuous	                                         practical	reports,	produce	poster	presentations	
assessment,	whilst	others	are	assessed	only	by	                                       and	undertake	group	working.
written	examination.	Many	modules	involve	a	
combination	of	several	methods	of	assessment.
Examinations	are	held	at	the	end	of	each	semester	                                    Gavin Eyres	(BSc	Biology)
(January	and	May/June)	and	modules	are	examined	
at	the	end	of	the	semester	in	which	they	have	been	
                                                                                       I	am	thoroughly	enjoying	my	life	in	
taught.	
                                                                             Aber.	The	excellent	social	life	and	community	
                                                                             spirit	help	to	make	my	studies	more	enjoyable.	
                                                                             The	academic	staff	are	very	approachable	
                                                                             and	helpful,	they	help	you	to	reach	your	full	
                                                                             potential	by	treating	you	as	an	individual.

                                                                             Many	of	the	degree	schemes	are	similar	in	the	
                                                                             first	year,	this	offers	great	flexibility	as	it	gives	
                                                                             me	the	chance	of	changing	my	degree	scheme	
                                                                             for	the	second	year.	If	I	had	to	decide	which	
                                                                             university	to	go	to	again	I	would	definitely	
                                                                             choose	Aber.

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    Facilities- & Associated Bodies
    Teaching continued


                                                      Individual Attention
                                                      At	Aberystwyth	we	believe	strongly	in	treating	students	
                                                      as	individuals	and	in	encouraging	them	to	maximise	their	
                                                      personal	development	through	learning.	On	arrival,	students	
                                                      are	assigned	a	personal	tutor	with	whom	they	have	regular	
                           Gareth Rees                small-group	tutorials.	The	role	of	the	tutor	is	to	provide	both	
                           (BSc	Microbiology)		       academic	and	pastoral	guidance.	Tutorials	also	allow	staff	
                                                      and	students	to	get	to	know	each	other	better	and	help	to	
                           Gareth	graduated	
                                                      forge	friendships	between	students.
                           from	Aber	with	a	BSc	
                           Microbiology	(Hons)	       In	addition	to	the	time-tabled	tutorials,	the	Institute	has	an	
                           and	now	works	in	          ‘open	door’	policy.	This	means	that	students	can	arrange	
                                                      to	see	their	tutor	(or	indeed	other	members	of	staff)	at	any	
                           the	Public	Health	
                                                      mutually	convenient	time.
                           Laboratory	Service.
     The	course	was	really	interesting	and	           Assuring Quality
     challenging.	It	built	on	what	I	did	at	GCSE	     All	course	delivery	is	appraised	annually	through	
     and	A	level.	There	was	a	good	mix	between	       questionnaire	surveys	of	student	response	to	teaching	
     lectures	and	practicals.	I	also	took	personal	   strategies,	resource	and	library	provision,	project	deadlines	
     skills	modules,	which	helped	to	develop	         and	workloads.	In	addition,	a	Staff-Student	Liaison	Committee	
     the	skills	I	needed	for	my	career,	such	as	      with	undergraduate	representatives	meets	at	least	once	per	
                                                      term	to	highlight	and	resolve	any	problems.
     computing	skills,	giving	presentations	and	
     talks.	It’s	a	good	department	with	excellent	
     facilities.




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   Fieldwork & Associated Bodies
   Facilities


Many	degree	schemes	make	good	use	of	the	marine,	freshwater	            The	local	rivers	and	small	lakes	afford	many	opportunities	for	
and	terrestrial	habitats	that	are	available	in	the	Aberystwyth	area.	   class	excursions	and	individual	research	projects	during	term	
This	rich	natural	habitat	is	the	setting	for	some	of	our	residential	   time, but there is also a residential Freshwater Biology field
vacation field courses and also for half day field excursions which     course	in	Scotland.	Picturesque	Loch	Lomond,	the	greatest	area	
form	part	of	some	modules.	Field	work	is	an	important	part	of	          of	fresh	water	in	Great	Britain,	provides	an	opportunity	to	work	on	
some final year research projects.                                      the plankton and fishes of a large, deep lake, whilst the nearby
                                                                        Lochan	Dubh	is	an	ideal	setting	for	group	investigations	closer	to	
The Marine Biology field course is based in Aberystwyth as it           shore.	
is	an	ideal	location	to	study	coastal	habitat	and	inshore	waters.	
Cardigan Bay is renowned for its marine habitats: the Dyfi              In	the	Picos	de	Europa,	in	northern	Spain,	students	study	
estuary	is	a	National	Nature	Reserve	and	Ramsar	Site	and	is	            quantitative aspects of plant field ecology with plant identification.
recognised	as	a	wetland	of	international	importance.	Two	Special	       They	are	able	to	investigate	climatic	and	other	environmental	
Areas	of	Conservation	(SACs)	have	recently	been	designated	             influences on vegetation and community structure. There are
under	European	legislation	in	recognition	of	the	unique	marine	         opportunities	to	study	snow	patch	vegetation,	alpine	and	sub-
ecological	features.	The	SAC	in	the	south	of	the	Bay	is	home	to	        alpine meadows and the influence of grazing, fire and liming on
one	of	the	two	UK	resident	populations	of	bottlenose	dolphins.	         heathland. Courses in plant identification, and vegetation analysis
The	course	includes	study	of	coastal	and	estuarine	habitats	in	         are	provided	locally	giving	the	student	the	opportunity	to	work	in	
Ceredigion,	and	along	the	Pembrokeshire	coast.	                         the	temperate	rainforest	of	Cwm	Clettwr	and	the	dune	system	of	
                                                                        Ynyslas.	




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     Fieldwork &continued
     Facilities - Associated Bodies


                      A Terrestrial Ecology field trip is based on the Burren in
                      County	Clare,	Ireland.	This	vast	area	of	limestone	pavement	
                      with	its	mild	climate	is	home	to	a	huge	diversity	of	higher	
                      and	lower	plant	species	as	well	as	many	insects,	fungi	
                      and lichens. In this field trip students are introduced to
                      some	of	the	more	unusual	of	these	organisms,	the	ways	in	
                      which	they	interact	with	each	other	and	the	methods	used	
                      by	ecologists	to	study	organisms	in	their	natural	habitats.	
                      Opportunities	to	study	bats	and	moths	are	available	during	
                      this field course.

                      As well as being a valuable social experience, field
                      courses	illustrate	topics	covered	in	lectures	and	develop	a	
                      range	of	key	skills	including	team	work,	initiative	and	time	
                      management.	

                      More information and photographs of our field courses can
                      be	found	at	www.aber.ac.uk/biology/current/currentug.html




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Opportunities for IBS students
Facilities & Associated Bodies


Prizes                                                                   Music Bursaries
Students	who	have	been	awarded	degrees	in	IBS	are	                       Music	bursaries	are	offered	for	a	period	of	three	years	to	
considered	for	the	annual	Institute	of	Biology	project	prize.	           prospective	new	undergraduates.	They	are	awarded	on	the	
This	is	awarded	to	the	student	who	is	considered	to	have	                basis	of	competitive	audition	and	are	intended	for	experienced	
produced	the	most	innovative,	first	class	project	in	the	final	          players	of	orchestral	instruments	who	can	actively	contribute	to	
year.		Other	prizes	given	in	the	Institute	include	the	E.	Emrys	         the	wide	range	of	orchestras,	bands,	etc.	at	the	University.
Watkins	prize	for	the	best	overall	performance	in	Marine	
Biology	and	an	Undergraduate	Microbiology	Prize	from	the	
Society	for	General	Microbiology	awarded	to	the	student	who	
gives	the	best	performance	in	microbiology	in	the	second	
year	of	study.			All	first	year	students	are	eligible	for	the	Glaxo	
Prize	which	is	awarded	for	best	performance	in	the	area	of	
Biochemistry	and	the	Sarah	Jane	Cross	Memorial	Prize	for	
Zoology.                                                                  Annette Bird	
                                                                          BSc.	Environmental	Biology.
Student skills competition
The	UWA	Student	Skills	Competition	and	Careers	Fair	is	a	
unique	and	innovative	event	held	each	year	in	Aberystwyth.		              I	gained	a	scholarship	to	come	
It	combines	a	conventional	undergraduate	careers	fair	with	a	             to	Aber	through	the	entrance	
competition	in	which	teams	of	students	demonstrate	how	they	              exams,	which	are	well	worth	sitting.	Aber	is	a	really	
have	developed	specialist	degree-related	and	transferable	                special	place	–	the	university	has	a	relaxed,	friendly	
skills	through	their	degree	schemes	and	university	life	in	               atmosphere	and	a	close	knit	student	community	
general.		Teams	design	an	exhibition	stand	and	give	a	group	              –	it	doesn’t	take	long	to	feel	at	home	here.			IBS	is	
presentation	on	the	theme	of	skills	development	before	judges	            a	very	friendly	department,	offering	flexible	degree	
of	national	standing.		IBS	students	have	a	good	record	in	
                                                                          schemes,	I	changed	from	Zoology	after	the	first	
this	competition	and	have	won	the	best	stand	competition	on	
several	occasions.                                                        year	which	was	a	very	painless	process!	I	am	really	
                                                                          enjoying	Environmental	Biology,	I	have	just	taken	
Scholarships, Merit Awards and Excellence Bursaries                       part	in	two	field	trips	over	the	summer	to	Spain	
The	University	offers	about	50	Scholarships	and	200	Merit	                and	Ireland	which	were	fantastic.	Its	amazing	how	
Awards	each	year.		These	are	awarded	on	the	basis	of	                     much	more	you	learn	outdoors	–	even	on	top	of	a	
performance	in	examinations	that	are	usually	held	in	February	            mountain,	it	was	great	to	get	to	know	people	on	my	
of	the	year	of	intended	entry	to	the	University.		The	examinations	       course	better	too.
are	commonly	taken	at	the	candidate’s	school	or	college.		
Scholarships	are	worth	between	£3000	and	£3600	whilst	
Merit	Awards	are	worth	£000;	both	entitle	the	student	to	an	             The	IBS	staff	are	approachable,	friendly	and	always	
unconditional	offer.		Additionally,	scholarships	holders	are	             helpful,	my	tutors	have	been	invaluable	sources	of	
guaranteed	University	accommodation	for	all	three	years	of	their	         advice	–	they	really	take	an	interest	in	your	welfare.
course.
                                                                          Aber	is	a	brilliant	place	to	come	to	university,	I	would	
Excellence	Bursaries	are	awarded	automatically	to	students	               recommend	it	to	anyone
attaining	a	high	standard	in	their	school	or	college	qualifications.		
For	instance,	300	UCAS	points	from	three	A-levels	could	entitle	
a	student	who	had	firmly	accepted	an	offer	in	Biological	Sciences	
to	an	Excellence	Bursary,	providing	that	one	of	the	A-levels	
was	in	Biology	(or	Chemistry,	depending	on	degree	scheme).		
Excellence	Bursaries	are	worth	£2000.		Full	details	of	the	current	
Excellence	Bursary	regulations	can	be	found	at	www.aber.ac.uk/
en/prospectus/scholarships/a.php.

                                                                                                                                             
     Opportunities - continued
     Facilities & Associated Bodies


     Work experience and exchange study schemes                       Through	IAESTE	(International	Association	for	the	Exchange	
                                                                      of	Students	for	Technical	Experience,	UK)	science	students	
     A	variety	of	schemes	exists	for	our	students	to	gain	work	       are	able	to	obtain	short-term	work	experience	abroad	during	
     experience	during	their	time	at	Aberystwyth.	The	Year	in	        their	summer	vacation.	It	gives	our	students	a	chance	to	use	
     Employment	Scheme	is	an	excellent	opportunity	for	all	           and	develop	their	specialist	and	general	skills	in	a	challenging	
     Aberystwyth	undergraduates	to	gain	a	year’s	work	experience	     and	new	environment.
     between	the	second	and	third	year	of	their	studies.	This	is	
     a	voluntary	scheme.	Participants	develop	their	technical,	       For	students	who	wish	to	pursue	a	research	career	after	
     personal	and	communication	skills,	and	gain	an	understanding	    graduation,	there	are	bursaries	to	support	work	in	a	research	
     of	the	world	of	work	whilst	at	the	same	time	gaining	in	         laboratory	in	the	Institute	during	the	summer	vacation.	
     self	confidence	and	maturity.	All	of	these	are	valued	by	        This	year	seven	students,	including	second	and	third	year	
     prospective	employers.	Placements	are	usually	in	paid	work	      students,	received	vacation	studentships	and	joined	lBS	
     and	opportunities	are	available	in	the	UK	and	abroad.	In	the	    research	groups	over	the	summer	to	work	on	projects	ranging	
     past	many	students	have	had	placements	in	the	EU	and	the	        from	assessing	UV-	induced	DNA	damage	in	arctic	shrub	
     USA,	and	have	gone	as	far	afield	as	Africa,	Australia	and	New	   species	to	studying	aspects	of	fish	behaviour.	Students	can	
     Zealand.                                                         also	undertake	vacation	placements	in	other	places	such	as	
                                                                      Swedish	Lapland	and	Svalbard,	the	National	Botanic	Garden	
                                                                      of	Wales	and	Kew	Gardens.	




        Lily Ledward
       BSc	Marine	and	Freshwater	Biology

       Taking	the	Year	in	Employment	Scheme	
       before	the	third	year	of	my	Marine	and	
       Freshwater	Biology	degree	to	get	some	
       ‘hands-on’	experience	was	well	worth	
       it,	and	what	better	way	than	to	travel	‘down-
       under’.	I	spent	six	months	at	Leigh	Marine	Lab	
       and	was	involved	in	a	wide	range	of	projects	that	
       were	underwater,	lab	and	field	based.	I	did	some	
       diving	work	to	clear	kelps	for	one	experiment,	
       was	involved	with	tagging	and	tracking	eagle	
       rays,	and	in	long	term	monitoring	work	carried	out	
       in	the	Okura	estuary	and	studied	the	effects	of	
       organisms	on	bioturbation	of	sediments.		

       Taking	part	in	a	wide	range	of	projects	at	the	
       lab	really	opened	my	eyes	to	the	huge	diversity	
       of	marine	research	that’s	out	there.	It	definitely	
       motivated	me	with	my	degree	and	to	get	involved	
       in	my	own	research	when	I	finish.		



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Facilities & Associated Bodies


In	addition	to	these	work	experience	opportunities,	                Over	the	past	years	our	graduates	have	gone	on	to	develop	
the	Socrates-Erasmus	programme	of	the	EU	allows	                    careers	with	a	wide	range	of	employers.	Some	have	been	
undergraduates	to	spend	part	or	all	of	their	second	year	at	a	      employed	in	the	area	of	their	first	degree,	e.g.	as	a	marine	
University	in	another	European	country,	e.g.	Belgium,	France,	      biologist,	biomedical	scientist,	trainee	toxicologist,	terrestrial	
Germany,	Ireland,	Portugal,	Sweden	or	Spain.	The	North	             ecologist,	assistant	scientific	officer	with	the	Veterinary	
American	Exchange	Programme	provides	similar	opportunities	    	    Laboratory	Agency,	fisheries	observer,	microbiologist	with	a	
at	several	major	universities	in	the	United	States.	In	both	        NHS	Trust,	analytical	chemist.	Others	have	moved	into	areas	
cases	the	year	is	an	integral	part	of	the	Aberystwyth	degree	       such	as	teaching,	or	outdoor	activity	instructors.	Many	of	our	
and	course	assessments	are	converted	into	their	British	            graduates	study	for	postgraduate	qualifications	including	the	
equivalents.                                                        Postgraduate	Certificate	in	Education	(PGCE),	MSc,	MPhil	and	
                                                                    PhD	either	in	Aberystwyth	or	elsewhere.
Careers with a Biological Sciences Degree
As	well	as	providing	specialist	training	in	particular	areas	of	    We	encourage	our	undergraduate	students	to	participate	
biology,	our	degree	schemes	aim	to	provide	students	with	a	         in	university	life	to	the	full.	By	making	best	use	of	the	many	
general,	scientific	education	and	to	equip	them	with	the	range	     opportunities	to	develop	their	academic	and	vocational	skills,	
of	transferable	skills	needed	for	future	employment.		              our	graduates	can	ensure	that	they	are	competitive	and	
                                                                    successful	in	a	demanding	employment	market.
In	conjunction	with	the	Careers	Advisory	Service	we	
provide	a	program	of	activities	which	raises	awareness	of	
career	opportunities	and	helps	with	the	preparation	for	job	
applications	and	interviews.	Our	students	are	also	encouraged	
to	make	full	use	of	the	Careers	Advisory	Service	to	obtain	
further	advice	and	information.		
                                                                                          What	do	our	students	do	after	graduation?

                                                                                          The	pie	chart	shows	the	destination	of	our	graduates	
                                                                                          based	on	information	gathered	six	months	after	
                                                         Employment	of	a	                 completing	their	degree	schemes.
                                                       non	-scientific	nature


    Postgraduate	Certificate	
              in	Education


          Still	seeking	
          Employment


                                                                                                               Further	studies,	
                                                                                                               e.g.	PhD,	MSc

        Unavailable	for	work



                                          Employment	
                                          in	work	
                                          of	a	scientific	nature
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     Facilities & Associated Bodies
     General Admission Requirements


     When	we	consider	an	application	we	take	note	of	                                        The	offer	requirement	of	280	points	could	be	
     all	existing	qualifications,	the	personal	statement,	                                   achieved	with	BBC	or	CCDD	at	A-level	and	
     and	the	reference	provided	by	a	school	or	college.	                                     no	other	qualifications,	or	with	CCC	(providing	
     In	addition	to	GCE	and	VCE	A	and	AS-levels	                                             Biology	was	C)	plus	either	two	level-3	Key	Skills	
     we	accept	a	wide	range	of	qualifications	for	                                           or	a	C	in	an	AS	subject.	Many	other	combinations	
     entry,	including	BTEC	National	Diploma	(ND),	                                           of	qualifications	and	grades	would	also	be	
     International	and	European	Baccalaureates,	Irish	                                       acceptable.
     Leaving	Certificate,	and	the	Scottish	Framework	
     Qualifications.                                                                          In	the	case	of	the	BTEC	National	Diploma	our	
                                                                                              offer	will	be	made	in	tariff	points,	but	it	will	also	
     The	majority	of	our	applicants	take	A	and	AS-level	                                      specify	levels	of	performance	in	a	number	of	
     qualifications	and	their	offers	are	made	in	terms	of	                                    specified	units.	To	help	us	make	such	an	offer,	
     tariff	points.	In	keeping	with	the	tariff	system,	we	make	                               applicants	should	list	in	full	the	course	units	that	
     offers	that	provide	maximum	flexibility	for	the	student	                                 they	are	including	within	the	ND.	Applicants	
     whilst	ensuring	adequate	qualifications	on	entry.	We	                                    offering	qualifications	that	are	not	included	in	the	
     are	aware	that	practice	varies	widely	between	universities,	             UCAS	tariff	(e.g.	International	&	European	Baccalaureate	etc.)	
     so	to	help	you	understand	our	offer-making,	we	provide	a	full	           will	receive	offers	made	in	terms	appropriate	to	their	awards.
     explanation	below.
                                                                              All	students	to	whom	we	make	offers	are	invited	to	attend	a	
     In	calculating	the	overall	points	offer	we	include	ALL	qualifications	   Visiting	Day,	for	which	the	University	will	contribute	towards	travel	
     that	carry	tariff	points.	In	other	words,	we	take	into	account	          expenses	within	the	UK.	The	Visiting	Day	is	not	compulsory,	but	
     all	qualifications	that	have	been	gained,	or	are	being	worked	           we	think	it	offers	an	excellent	opportunity	for	students	to	confirm	
     towards.	These	include	the	Welsh	Baccalaureate,	General	                 that	Aberystwyth	is	the	place	for	them.
     Studies	at	AS	and	A-level,	Key	Skills	(level	3	only)	and	music	
     examinations	(grades	6-8).	There	is	no	limit	to	the	number	of	           Environmental	Science	(F900)	is	offered	jointly	by	the	Institute	
     qualifications	from	which	points	may	be	accumulated.                     of	Biological	Sciences	and	the	Institute	of	Geography	and	Earth	
                                                                              Sciences.	The	standard	offer	is	280	points,	and	a	minimum	grade	
     Whilst	using	this	flexible	approach,	we	aim	also	to	ensure	that	         B	in	Geography,	Biology	or	other	science	at	A	level	is	normally	
     students	have	the	knowledge	that	is	essential	to	succeed	in	             required.	Applications	from	mature	age	students	and	candidates	
     biological	sciences.	Consequently,	offers	to	A-level	applicants	         with	other	qualifications	such	as	the	International	Baccalaureate,	
     for	most	schemes	normally	specify	that	a	grade	C	in	Biology	             Scottish	Higher	etc.,	are	also	welcomed.	Please	note	that	this	
     or	Human	Biology	is	included	within	the	points	total.	For most           scheme	is	administered	by	the	Institute	of	Geography	and	Earth	
     schemes A-level Chemistry is not a requirement.	However,	                Sciences	and	applicants	should	contact	Catherine	Bean	at	iges-
     for	Biochemistry	(C700)	and	Genetics	&	Biochemistry	(CC47)	              admissions@aber.ac.uk
     grade	C	in	A-level	Chemistry	is	normally	specified	instead	of	
     Biology.

     For	qualifications	covered	by	the	UCAS	tariff,	our	standard	offer	
     is	280	points.	




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        Where	do	our	students	come	from?
        The	above	chart	shows	the	origin	of	the	
        students	presently	studying	in	the	Institute	
        of	Biological	Sciences.	If	you	came	to	study	
        Biological	Sciences	at	Aberystwyth	you	
        would	be	part	of	a	cosmopolitan	community	
        and	would	enjoy	studying	with	people	from	
        around	the	country,	indeed	from	around	the	
        world.




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      Animal Behaviour C120
      Facilities & Associated Bodies


     Animal	behaviour	has	an	intrinsic	fascination;	this	applies	equally	        Admission Requirements
     to	familiar	domestic	pets	and	to	the	exotic	species	that	feature	           Qualifications	required	for	entry	to	Animal	Behaviour	(C20)	can	
     in	many	television	programmes.	An	understanding	of	animal	                  be	found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	qualifications,	
     behaviour	is	also	essential	for	the	development	of	standards	for	           Life	Sciences	(C990)	is	a	4-year	programme	which	includes	a	
     the	care	and	welfare	of	animals	in	farming,	zoos	and	conservation	          Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	progress	to	an	Honours	
     programmes.	The	scientific	study	of	the	natural	and	pathological	           degree	in	Animal	Behaviour.
     behaviour	of	animals	calls	for	rigorous	description	and	analysis,	
     but	is	rewarded	with	the	insight	it	gives	into	the	ways	in	which	
     animals	cope	with	their	world,	and	much	aesthetic	pleasure.                 Year 1
                                                                                 Core modules
     The	degree	scheme	in	Animal	Behaviour	at	Aberystwyth	is	                    Ecology
     based	on	asking	four	questions	about	behaviour.	What	causes	                Cell	Biology		&	2
     behaviour?	How	does	behaviour	develop	during	the	lifetime	of	               Introducing	Genetics
     individual	animals?	How	does	behaviour	evolve?	What	is	the	                 Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology
     function	of	behaviour?	Unravelling	the	answers	to	these	questions	          Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology
     requires	a	good	understanding	of	the	biology	of	animals,	including	         Introductory	Biochemistry
     their	genetics,	physiology	and	ecology,	so	the	emphasis	in	the	             Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	
     degree	scheme	is	on	the	biological	context	of	behaviour.	                      do	not	take	this	module.)
                                                                                 Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology
     After	completing	a	common	set	of	modules	in	the	first	year,	                Principles	of	Animal	Physiology
     students	take	a	range	of	core	and	optional	modules	that	provide	
     the	necessary	biological	background,	while	steadily	expanding	              Optional modules
     the	study	of	behaviour	of	both	wild	and	domesticated	animals.	By	           Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes
     an	appropriate	choice	of	optional	modules,	students	can	develop	            Human	Biology	&	Health
     their	own	particular	interests.	The	degree	scheme	includes	an	              Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management
     individual	project	on	behaviour,	allowing	students	to	increase	             Introductory	Microbiology
     their	ability	to	observe,	describe	and	analyse	animal	behaviour	in	         Plant	Biology	
     an	objective	and	scientific	way.	The	natural	environment	around	
     Aberystwyth	provides	a	rich	opportunity	for	the	study	of	a	wide	
     range	of	animal	species.	Recent	projects	have	covered	areas	such	
     as	leg	jittering	in	humans,	the	behaviour	of	red	kites	at	a	feeding	
     station,	the	territorial	behaviour	of	convict	cichlids	and	the	effect	of	
     environmental	enrichment	on	the	behaviour	of	mice.

     Students	will	be	taught	skills	in	observation,	description	and	
     quantitative	analysis,	so	they	can	expect	to	find	employment	in	
     a	wide	range	of	areas.	These	include	university	and	industrial	
     research,	the	scientific	civil	service,	environmental,	conservation	
     and	animal	welfare	organisations	and	teaching.	An	understanding	
     of	the	principles	of	behaviour	is	also	valuable	in	personnel	
     management,	advertising	and	general	management.




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Facilities & Associated Bodies


                 Year 2

                 Core modules
                 Animal	Behaviour
                 Behavioural	Ecology
                 Evolution	and	Molecular	Systematics
                 Quantitative	Biology	and	Information	Technology

                 Optional modules
                 Advanced	Vertebrate	Biology
                 Ecological	Surveying	and	Plant	Communities
                 Freshwater	Biology
                 Immunology
                 Invertebrate	Biology
                 Managing	the	Wildlife	Resource
                 Marine	Biology
                 Reproductive	Physiology,	Growth	and	Development
                 Science	and	the	Media
                 Vertebrate	Biology


                 Year 3

                 Core modules
                 Animal	Behaviour	Research	Project
                 Applied	Behaviour	and	Welfare
                 Current	Topics	in	Animal	Behaviour
                 Honours	Special	Study

                 Optional modules
                 Advanced	Animal	Health
                 Animal	Biotechnology
                 Biodiversity	of	Birds
                 Global	Biodiversity	and	Conservation
                 Parasitology
                 Population	and	Community	Ecology
                 Population	and	Conservation	Genetics
                 Species	Conservation
                 Species	Surveying	and	Recording
                 Techniques	and	Ecology	of	Rehabilitation




                    For	details	of	module	content	
                    see:
                    www.aber.ac.uk/modules




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      Facilities & Associated Bodies
      Biochemistry C700




     Biochemistry	aims	to	describe	the	structure	and	function	of	all	              medical	research	and	public	health	laboratories.	Many	students	
     living	organisms	at	the	molecular	level	and	is,	therefore,	relevant	          go	on	to	undertake	postgraduate	training	e.g.	PhD,	MSc,	and	
     and	important	in	all	areas	of	biology.	Many	of	the	outstanding	               PGCE.	As	well	as	their	scientific	knowledge,	graduates	will	have	
     achievements	of	science	in	the	last	few	decades	have	come	                    developed	communication,	numerical,	computing	and	problem-
     from	the	application	of	this	molecular	approach	in	various	fields	            solving	skills,	which	will	give	them	the	flexibility	required	for	a	wide	
     including	genetics,	immunology,	cell	biology	and	medicine:	the	               range	of	careers	in,	or	outside,	science.
     techniques	of	biochemistry	are	now	used	in	most	areas	of	biology.	
     Biochemical	research	is	constantly	adding	to	our	understanding	of	
     the	basis	of	life	in	all	its	rich	variety,	and	it	promises	to	be	the	focus	   Admission Requirements
     of	exciting	developments	in	the	future.                                       Qualifications	required	for	entry	to	Biochemistry	(C700)	can	be	
                                                                                   found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	qualifications,	
     The	Biochemistry	degree	course	at	Aberystwyth	aims	to	produce	                Life	Sciences	(C990)	is	a	4-year	programme	which	includes	a	
     graduates	who	have	specialist	knowledge	in	biochemistry	within	a	             Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	progress	to	an	Honours	
     broad	biological	context,	in	addition	to	the	general	scientific	skills	       degree	in	Biochemistry.
     expected	of	a	science	graduate.	They	will	have	the	necessary	
     background	and	experience	to	specialise	in	any	chosen	area	of	
     the	subject.	
                                                                                   Year 1
     The	subject	is	presented	very	much	from	the	modern	biological	
     perspective,	with	core	modules	in	the	first	year	providing	a	sound	           Core modules
     basis	in	molecular	sciences	but	with	the	opportunity,	through	                Cell	Biology		&	2
     optional	modules,	for	the	student	to	experience	a	range	of	                   Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes
     biological	disciplines.	In	the	second	and	third	year	the	modules	             Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology
     are	more	specialised.	Besides	core	biochemistry,	they	provide	                Introducing	Genetics
     the	necessary	supporting	knowledge	in	areas	of	recent	advances	               Introductory	Biochemistry
     such	as	molecular	biology	and	the	emerging	topics	of	genomics	                Introductory	Microbiology
     and	bioinformatics.	An	important	constituent	of	the	course	is	the	            Principles	of	Animal	Physiology
     project,	which	provides	students	with	the	opportunity	to	develop	
     practical	and	planning	skills.	In	recent	projects	students	have	              Optional modules
     studied	topics	such	as	the	structure	and	function	of	enzymes,	                Ecology
     including	cytochrome	P450	and	other	dioxygenases,	the	                        Human	Biology	&	Health
     mechanisms	of	protein	secretion,	the	metabolism	of	alkaloids	and	             Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology
     the	biosynthesis	of	antibiotics.                                              Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management
                                                                                   Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology
     The	course	provides	an	excellent	basis	for	a	wide	range	of	careers	           Plant	Biology
     in	any	of	the	specialised	fields	of	biochemistry	or	related	sciences.	
     Typical	employers	of	biochemists	are	the	pharmaceutical	industry,	


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                 Year 2

                 Core modules
                 Human	Genetics	
                 Applied	Molecular	Biology
                 Bioinformatics
                 Practical	Skills	in	Biochemistry
                 Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology
                 Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes

                 Optional modules
                 Aquatic	and	Terrestrial	Microbial	Ecology
                 Exploring	Genetics
                 Gametes,	Cells	&	Animal	Development
                 Immunology	
                 Science	and	the	Media



                 Year 3

                 Core modules
                 Biochemistry	Research	Project	
                 Information	and	Data	Handling	in	Biochemistry

                 together with modules from the following:

                 Cell	Signalling	&	Recognition
                 Functional	Genomics
                 Microbial	Physiology,	Biochemistry	&	Biotechnology
                 Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology

                 Optional modules include:
                 Gene	Expression	and	Developmental	Genetics
                 Molecular	Genetics	of	Microbes
                 Parasitology
                 Plant	Interactions	with	Pests	and	Pathogens




                                          For	details	of	module	content	
                                          see:
                                          www.aber.ac.uk/modules




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     Biology C100
     Facilities & Associated Bodies


     Our	increased	understanding	of	the	molecular	mechanisms	
     underpinning	life	and	the	interrelatedness	of	living	organisms	has	
     meant	that	modern	Biology	cannot	be	constrained	by	traditional	
     boundaries	such	as	botany,	microbiology	and	zoology.	At	
     Aberystwyth,	this	is	reflected	in	the	Biology	degree	scheme	that	
     deals	with	the	molecular,	cellular	and	physiological	aspects	of	
     living	organisms.	It	places	particular	emphasis	on	identifying	and	
     developing	the	principles	that	underlie	the	various	ways	which	
     organisms	function	to	obtain	energy,	grow	and	multiply.	As	a	result	
     of	this	approach,	our	graduates	will	have	an	understanding	of	
     the	key	concepts	of	modern	biology	and	its	underlying	principles.	
     The	opportunities	that	have	arisen	as	a	result	of	the	sequencing	
     of	entire	genomes	are	considered,	as	are	recent	developments	in	
     computational	biology.	

     The	modules	taken	by	our	students	in	the	first	year	enables	
     them	to	become	acquainted	with	the	wide	diversity	of	form	and	             and	problem	solving.	Specialist	subject	knowledge	and	practical	
     functions	of	living	organisms	and	the	essential	underlying	unity	          experience,	combined	with	transferable	skills	provides	the	basis	
     of	their	cellular	structure	and	biochemical	organisation.	In	their	        for	pursing	higher	degrees	in	any	aspect	of	biology	or	for	moving	
     second	and	third	years	Biology	students	are	encouraged	to	make	            into	a	wider	range	of	careers.	In	recent	years	our	graduates	have	
     a	balanced	selection	from	a	wide	range	of	modules	covering	the	            found	employment	with	the	Environment	Agency,	pharmaceutical	
     major	areas	of	biology,	including	molecular	biology	and	genetics,	         companies,	DEFRA,	the	National	Health	Service	and	the	teaching	
     plants,	animals	and	microbes.	New	modules	have	been	developed	             profession,	to	name	just	a	few	examples.	
     which	focus	on	various	aspects	of	human	health,	for	example	                	
     cancer	biology,	and	also	bioinformatics,	a	biological	field	which	
     is	growing	in	importance.In	the	third	year	students	develop	their	
     own	interests	in	biology	through	their	choice	of	optional	modules.	        Admission Requirements
     In	their	final	year	projects	they	take	advantage	of	the	research	          Qualifications	required	for	entry	to	Biology	(C00)	can	be	found	on	
     expertise	at	Aberystwyth	and	join	teams	that	are	undertaking	              page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	qualifications,	Life	Sciences	
     cutting	edge	investigations.	The	project	allows	students	to	develop	       (C990)	is	a	4-year	programme	which	includes	a	Foundation	
     their	practical	and	planning	skills	in	a	research	area	of	their	choice.	   Year	and	enables	students	to	progress	to	an	Honours	degree	in	
     In	recent	years	projects	taken	by	biologists	have	covered	the	             Biology.
     whole	spectrum	of	biology	and	included	investigations	and/or	
     reviews	of	plant-insect	UV	interactions,	genetic	and	environmental	
     influences	on	the	ageing	process,	the	effects	of	weather	on	bat	
     feeding	patterns,	the	assessment	of	the	microbiological	quality	of	
     coastal	waters	and	steroid	dysfunctions	in	humans.	In	the	Honours	
     Special	Study	module	students	are	able	to	select	topics	to	cover	in	
     greater	depth	from	a	range	including	Genetics	and	Society,	Deep	
     Sea	Biology,	the	Mammals,	Climate	Change	Biology	and	Human	
     Disease	and	Public	Health.

     Good	Biology	graduates	from	Aberystwyth	are	attractive	
     employees.	This	results	from	our	emphasis	on	providing	a	
     rounded	learning	experience	in	which	acquiring	a	sound	biological	
     knowledge	is	coupled	with	the	development	of	transferable	
     skills,	such	as	verbal	and	written	communication,	computing	




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                                                                       Year 2

                                                                       Core module
                                                                       Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology

                                                                       Optional modules
                                                                       At least one from each of the following blocks
                                                                       Block A
                                                                       Applied	Molecular	Biology
                                                                       Cancer	Biology
Year 1                                                                 Evolution	&	Molecular	Systematics
                                                                       Exploring	Genetics
Core modules                                                           Human	Genetics	
Cell	Biology	                                                         Practical	Skills	in	Biochemistry
Ecology                                                                Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology                          Block B
Introducing	Genetics                                                   Bioinformatics
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology                                   Gametes,	Cells	&	Animal	Development
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology                                     Immunology	
Introductory	Biochemistry                                              Invertebrate	Zoology
Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have		A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	do	   Science	and	the	Media
   not	take	this	module.)                                              Vertebrate	Zoology
Introductory	Microbiology                                              Block C
Plant	Biology                                                          Aquatic	and	Terrestrial	Microbial	Ecology
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology                                        Climate	Change	and	Plants
                                                                       Ecological	Surveying	and	Plant	Communities
Optional modules                                                       Microbes	and	Disease
Cell	Biology	2                                                         Monitoring	Environmental	Quality
Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes
Human	Biology	&	Health
Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management                             Year 3

                                                                       Core modules
                                                                       Biology	Research	Project
                                                                       Honours	Special	Study	(recent	topics	include	Deep	Sea	Biology,	
                                                                       				The	Mammals,	Genetics	and	Society)

                                                                       Optional modules
                                                                       Biodiversity	of	Birds
                                                                       Cell	Signalling	&	Recognition
                                                                       Conservation
                                                                       Environmental	Animal	Physiology
  For	details	of	module	content	                                       Gene	Expression	&	Developmental	Genetics
  see:                                                                 Functional	Genomics
  www.aber.ac.uk/modules                                               Microbial	Physiology,	Biochemistry	&	Biotechnology
                                                                       Molecular	Genetics	of	Microbes
                                                                       Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology
                                                                       Parasitology
                                                                       Plant	Interactions	with	Pests	&	Pathogens
                                                                       Population	&	Conservation	Genetics
                                                                       Plant	Ecology	Field	Course	Spain
                                                                       Terrestrial	Ecology	Field	Course	Ireland
                                                                                                                                         2
     Biology & Bioinformatics C190


 During	the	last	two	decades	there	have	been	a	number	of	              workshops	allow	students	to	gain	hands-on	experience	of	the	
 amazing	developments	in	technology	which	are	revolutionizing	         analysis	of	biological	data	and	to	put	bioinformatic	concepts	into	
 biology.	There	has	never	been	a	more	exciting	time	to	study	          practice.
 this	fascinating	area	of	science.	We	now	have	technologies	
 that	allow	us	to	sequence	whole	genomes,	and	techniques	              In the final year, specialist modules in areas of biology that are
 are	being	developed	to	analyse	gene	function	and	study	gene	          exploiting	bioinformatics	aim	to	consolidate	theory	and	practice.	
 products.	As	a	result,	vast	amounts	of	biological	information	        Students	explore	the	modern	science	of	Functional	Genomics	
 are	being	generated	very	rapidly,	and	there	is	great	demand	for	      where	high-throughput	technologies	are	being	used	to	investigate	
 highly	trained	scientists	who	can	handle	these	data.	In	this	post-    gene function. The final year research project, which provides
 genomic	era	the	challenge	is	to	develop	methods	that	allow	us	        the	opportunity	to	work	in	an	Institute	research	group,	combines	
 to	store,	retrieve,	analyse	and	interpret	all	of	this	information.	   biology	and	bioinformatics.		It	allows	students	to	improve	their	
 The	emerging	science	of	bioinformatics	(in	which	biology,	            practical	and	organisational	skills	in	an	area	of	biology	of	their	
 computer	science,	and	information	technology	merge	into	a	single	     choice.	The	Honours	special	study	course	is	a	student-centred	
 discipline)	encompasses	all	these	activities	and	makes	use	of	        learning	task	in	which	students	marry	together	the	bioinformatics	
 rapidly	improving	computer	technology.                                and biological research skills they have gained in the first two
                                                                       years	of	the	degree	course	through	independent	or	team-based	
 The	new	Biology	and	Bioinformatics	degree	scheme	at	                  study.
 Aberystwyth	explores	the	exciting	advances	being	made	in	
 biology	and	provides	comprehensive	training	in	emerging	              Bioinformatics	is	an	emerging	biological	science.	In	future	every	
 bioinformatics	techniques.	The	degree	provides	the	skills	needed	     branch	of	biology	will	exploit	bioinformatics	in	some	way.	Biology	
 to	exploit	this	new	employment	niche.	The	scheme	is	designed	         and Bioinformatics graduates have the benefit of a wide breadth
 to	provide	a	solid	grounding	in	the	molecular,	cellular	and	          and	depth	of	knowledge	and	skills	in	biology,	combined	with	
 physiological	aspects	of	living	organisms,	while	at	the	same	time	    expertise	in	bioinformatic	analysis.	This	degree	will	open	doors	
 providing	hands-on	training	in	the	analysis	of	biological	data.       to	a	wide	variety	of	exciting	employment	options.	Graduates	in	
                                                                       Biology & Bioinformatics are likely to find careers in government
 During the first year, Biology & Bioinformatics students develop      funded	research	institutes,	universities	&	medical	schools	or	
 their	knowledge	and	understanding	of	biology	by	choosing	             pharmaceutical	companies.	Good	students	are	likely	to	progress	
 modules	covering	the	structure	and	function	of	plants,	animals	       to	further	courses	of	study	through	Masters	and	PhD	programmes	
 and	microbes	at	the	whole	organism,	cellular	and	molecular	           before	going	on	to	careers	which	embrace	the	biological	and	
 levels.	This	is	combined	with	initial	training	in	information	        computing	aspects	of	their	training.	The	use	of	bioinformatics	for	
 technology and basic bioinformatics skills. The first year provides   investigating	biological	problems	is	a	rapidly	expanding	area	and	
 a	broad	biological	platform	from	which	to	explore	the	application	    there	is	likely	to	be	a	high	demand	for	biologists	with	a	sound	
 of	bioinformatics.                                                    training	in	Bioinformatics	in	the	future.

 In	the	second	year,	students	take	core	modules	such	as	               Qualifications	required	for	entry	to	Biology	and	Bioinformatics	
 Bioinformatics	and	Applied	Molecular	Biology,	together	with	          (C90)	can	be	found	on	page	(4).	For	students	who	lack	these	
 optional	courses	chosen	from	a	wide	range	which	includes	             qualifications,	Life	Sciences	(C990)	is	a	4-year	programme	which	
 Immunology,	Human	Genetics	and	Cancer	Biology.	These	                 includes	a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	progress	to	
 modules	provide	the	biological	context	in	which	students	can	         an	Honours	degree	in	Biology	&	Bioinformatics.
 investigate	the	key	principles	of	bioinformatics.	Dedicated	




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                                                                   Year 2

                                                                   Core modules
                                                                   Applied	Molecular	Biology
                                                                   Bioinformatics
                                                                   Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology

                                                                   Optional modules
                                                                   Cancer	Biology
                                                                   Ecological	Surveying	and	Plant	Communities
                                                                   Evolution	&	Molecular	Systematics
                                                                   Exploring	Genetics
                                                                   Gametes,	Cells	&	Animal	Development
                                                                   Human	Genetics
                                                                   Immunology
                                                                   Invertebrate	Zoology
                                                                   Microbes	&	Disease
                                                                   Practical	Skills	in	Biochemistry
                                                                   Science	and	the	Media
                                                                   Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes

Year 1
                                                                   Year 3
Core modules
Cell	Biology	                                                     Core modules
Cell	Biology	2                                                     Bioinformatics	Research	Project
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology                      Functional	Genomics
Introductory	Biochemistry                                          Honours	Special	Study	in	Computational	Biology
Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A-level	Chemistry,	then	you	
   do	not	take	this	module)                                        Optional modules
Introductory	Genetics                                              Biodiversity	of	Birds
Introductory	Microbiology                                          Gene	Expression	&	Developmental	Genetics
                                                                   Microbial	Physiology,	Biochemistry	&	Biotechnology
Optional modules                                                   Molecular	Genetics	of	Microbes
Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes                             Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology
Ecology                                                            Parasitology
Human	Biology	&	Health                                             Plant	Interactions	with	Pests	&	Pathogens
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology                               Population	&	Community	Ecology
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology                                 Population	&	Conservation	Genetics
Plant	Biology
Principles	of	Animal	Phyisiology                                   	




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     Biology & Sports Science CC16
                               (CC16)
     Facilities & Associated Bodies


     The	Biology	&	Sports	Science	degree	at	Aberystwyth	has	               range	of	facilities	(playing	fields,	swimming	pool,	fitness	gym,	
     been	designed	to	co-deliver	the	latest	developments	in	               weights	room,	dance	studio,	boat	house	and	an	extensive	
     biology	with	the	theoretical	and	practical	analysis	of	how	the	       programme	of	recreational	courses).	Sports	clubs	are	
     body	moves,	exercises	and	performs	sport.	The	degree	also	            organized	via	the	Student	Athletic	Union	and	a	Sports	injury	
     provides	opportunity	to	obtain	work	experience,	vocational	           clinic	operates	in	conjunction	with	the	local	hospital.	
     qualifications	and	effective	training	in	employability	skills.	The	
     syllabus	will	appeal	to	both	the	biologist	who	is	also	interested	    Graduates	will	have	a	wide	range	of	career	prospects	in	
     in	human	science	and	the	sportsperson	interested	in	coaching	         coaching	and	training	within	the	thriving	sports,	fitness	and	
     and	training.	Entry	progression	in	this	degree	course	is	not	         leisure	industries.	Biology	&	Sports	Science	graduates	also	
     dependent	on	your	own	ability	in	competitive	sport,	only	on	          have	further	opportunities	in	research	and	teaching.	The	solid	
     your	interest	and	academic	ability	to	study	biology	and	sports	       analytical	science	platform	and	transferable	team-building	
     science.	                                                             skills	are	highly	valued	by	all	employers,	leading	to	careers	in	
                                                                           business	and	commerce.	
     The	degree	combines	a	strong	modern	biology	curriculum	
     with	sport	and	exercise	science,	with	equal	division	between	
     the	two	disciplines	in	the	first	two	years,	then	the	opportunity	
                                                                           Admission Requirements 	
     to	concentrate	via	the	final	year	research	project	on	either	one	
                                                                           Qualifications required for entry to Biology and Sports Science
     of	the	subjects.	The	syllabus	is	constructed	with	flexibility	to	
                                                                           (CC6)	can	be	found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	
     allow	integration	of	three	broad	themes:	fundamental	science,	
                                                                           qualifications, Life Sciences (C990) is a 4-year programme
     applied	studies	and	research.	The	fundamental	science	theme	
                                                                           which	includes	a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	
     incorporates	the	biomechanics,	physiology	and	psychology	
                                                                           progress	to	an	Honours	degree	in	Biology	and	Sports	Science.	
     analysis	important	for	sport	and	exercise	science,	with	further	
     options	in	sport	&	exercise	medicine,	exercise	&	health	and	
     sport	&	exercise	nutrition.	There	is	a	range	of	optional	biology	
     topics	such	as	cancer	and	human	genetics,	immunology,	                Year 1
     ageing,	parasitology,	virology,	evolution,	molecular	
     pharmacology	&	toxicology	and	animal	behaviour.	                      Core modules
                                                                           Applied		&	Thematic	Studies	One	
     The	applied	theme	will	allow	the	option	to	take	a	work	               Cell	Biology		
     placement	or	a	vocationally	relevant	qualification	including	         Foundations	in	Biomechanics	of	Sports	&	Exercise
     lifesaving,	coaching	and	fitness,	and	the	option	to	specialize	       Foundations	in	Cardio-Respiratory	Physiology		
     in	an	area	of	your	own	interest,	such	as	weight	management,	          Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology	
     science	of	soccer,	netball,	etc.	The	research	theme	will	teach	       Introducing	Genetics	
     you	how	to	design	experiments	with	modern	equipment,	                 Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology		
     complete	an	independent	research	study,	analyze	data	and	             Introductory	Biochemistry	
     provide	other	marketable	transferable	skills	such	as	teamwork	        Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	
     building	and	presentation	training.	                                     you	do	not	take	this	module)
                                                                           Muscle	Function	
     The	teaching	and	research	laboratories	at	Aberystwyth	house	
     state	of	the	art	equipment	for	biomechanics	(computer-                Optional modules
     based	digital	video	and	force	plate	to	analyze	movement),	            Cell	Biology	2	
     physiology	(cardiovascular,	respiratory,	and	metabolic	               Chemical	Basis	Of	Biological	Processes	
     analyzers	to	monitor	the	exercising	body	on	high	performance	         Foundations	in	the	Psychophysiology	of	Sport	and	Exercise	
     treadmills)	and	psychology	(reaction	timers,	heart	rate	and	          Human	Biology	&	Health	
     breathing	monitors	to	investigate	relationship	between	mind	          Principles	Of	Animal	Physiology	
     and	body).	There	is	a	range	well-equipped	laboratories	and	           Sport	&	Exercise	Nutrition
     field	equipment	for	biological	analysis	from	the	molecular	to	
     ecosystem	studies	to	complement	and	support	the	sport	and	
     exercise	facilities.	The	university	sports	centre	offers	a	wide	

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Year 2
                                                              Year 3
Core modules
Applied	&	Thematic	Studies	Two	                               Core modules
Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology	
 												                                                 Biological	Sciences	Research	Project	
Optional modules                                              AND	
Advanced	Vertebrate	Biology		                                 Current	Topics	in	Sports	&	Exercise	Biology	
Applied	Molecular	Biology                                     OR	
Bioinformatics                                                Research	Dissertation	in	Sports	Science	
Biomechanical	Analysis	&	Performance	Enhancement		
Cancer	Biology                                                Plus two of the following:
Evolution	&	Molecular	Systematics
Gametes,	Cells	&	Animal	Development	                          Behavioural	Ecology	
Health	and	The	Food	Chain                                     Cancer	Genetics	and	Ageing	
Human	Genetics                                                Cell	Signalling	&	Recognition	
Immunology                                                    Functional	Genomics	
Physiological	Analysis	of	Sport	and	Exercise	Performance	&	   Gene	Expression	&	Developmental	Genetics
						Enhancement	                                            Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology	
Psychological	Analysis	&	Performance	Enhancement		            Parasitology					
Science	and	the	Media	
Sport	and	Exercise	Medicine	                                  AND two of the following:
Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes	
Work	Experience                                               Applied	Thematic	Studies	Three			
                                                              Exercise	and	Health
                                                              Exercise	and	Mental	Well-being
                                                              Exercise	Management	in	Health	and	Chronic	Disease
                                                              Medicine,	Ethics	and	Law	
                                                              Physiology	of	Sports	Performance
                                                              Psychology	of	Maximum	Sport	Performance		
                                                              Sport	&	Exercise	Nutrition	
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     Environmental Biology C150
     Facilities & Associated Bodies


     Environmental	Biology	is	the	study	of	the	ways	in	which	plants,	        In their final year research project students can develop their
     micro-organisms	and	animals	interact	with	each	other	and	with	          research	skills	in	an	area	of	their	choice.	Recent	projects	
     their	environment.	This	is	an	especially	dynamic	area	of	study	         have	been	carried	out	in	areas	such	as	plant	and	animal	
     given	the	influence	of	current	and	future	climates	on	organisms	        responses	to	climate	change,	pollution	studies,	biodiversity	
     and	organism	interactions.	Staff	involved	in	this	degree	scheme	        and	conservation,	biotic	and	abiotic	stress	in	plants,	and	insect	
     recognise	the	importance	of	field	work	and	place	considerable	          feeding	behaviour	in	plant	systems.	
     emphasis	on	students	acquiring	a	range	of	transferable	field	skills.
                                                                             Environmental	Biology	graduates	are	particularly	well	
                                                                             qualified to find jobs and research posts in conservation
     Aberystwyth	is	a	great	location	for	this	course,	being	situated	
                                                                             and	environmental	protection.	The	breadth	of	the	course	
     on	the	coast	of	Cardigan	Bay	and	also	with	ready	access	to	
                                                                             also	presents	a	sound	basis	for	a	career	in	teaching	either	
     freshwater	environments,	woodlands,	heaths,	moorland	and	
                                                                             in schools and colleges or in field centres. Students are well
     alpine	habitats.	It	is	within	easy	reach	of	many	Nature	Reserves	
                                                                             equipped	for	further	professional	training	at	postgraduate	level.	
     including	Snowdonia	and	the	Brecon	Beacons.	At	the	Institute	
                                                                             Other	career	opportunities	include	working	in	government	
     of	Biological	Sciences	we	have	a	particularly	active	group	of	the	
                                                                             or	commercial	laboratories,	local	or	national	government,	
     British	Trust	for	Conservation	Volunteers	and	staff	have	close	links	
                                                                             environmental	consultancy,	publishing	and	public	services.	
     with	organisations	like	the	National	Botanic	Garden	of	Wales,	
                                                                             Recent	graduates	have	been	employed	by	DEFRA,	the	
     Countryside	Council	for	Wales,	RSPB	and	various	Wildlife	and	
                                                                             Environment	Agency,	ADAS,	the	Forestry	Commission,	
     Woodland	Trusts.	There	is	also	close	co-operation	with	the	nearby	
                                                                             Scottish	Wildlife	Trust,	the	Wales	Environment	Link,	the	
     Institute	of	Grassland	and	Environmental	Research	and	the	Centre	
                                                                             National	Grid,	and	Severn	Trent	Water.	
     for	Alternative	Technology.

     During the first year of the Environmental Biology degree,
                                                                             Admission Requirements 	
     students	take	core	and	optional	modules	which	provide	them	
                                                                             Qualifications required for entry to Environmental Biology
     with	a	knowledge	and	understanding	of	environmental	biology	
                                                                             (C50)	can	be	found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	
     upon	which	they	build	during	their	second	and	third	years.	
                                                                             qualifications, Life Sciences (C990) is a 4-year programme
     They	also	develop	further	their	knowledge	and	understanding	
                                                                             which	includes	a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	
     of general biology. Core modules in the first year deal with
                                                                             progress	to	an	Honours	degree	in	Environmental	Biology.	
     aspects	of	whole	cell	biology	including	plants,	animals	and	
                                                                             You may also look at our fieldcourse webpage: 	
     microbes.	They	provide	the	necessary	background	to	enable	
                                                                             www.aber.ac.uk/biology/current/currentug.html
     students	to	understand	how	organisms	interact	with	the	
     environment.	Aspects	of	biochemistry,	genetics	and	molecular	
     biology	are	also	considered.	Optional	modules	enable	students	
     to	begin	to	develop	their	academic	interests.

     The	second	and	third	year	of	this	degree	scheme	gives	
     students	the	chance	to	study	a	range	of	animal,	plant,	
     microbial and soil science topics in this broad-based, field
     orientated	degree	programme.	Aberystwyth	is	ideally	situated	
     as a venue for field courses in marine biology and terrestrial
     ecology. More advanced plant and terrestrial ecology field
     studies	are	carried	out	in	the	spectacular	Picos	de	Europa,	
     Northern	Spain	and	at	the	unique	limestone	pavements	
     of	the	Burren	in	Ireland	(www.aber.ac.uk/biology/current/
     currentug/html).	The	course	provides	many	opportunities	for	
     students	to	develop	their	own	interests	through	their	choice	
     of	study	modules	and	research	projects.	In	particular,	the	
     Honours	Special	Study	module	taken	in	the	third	year,	offers	
     the	opportunity	to	study	a	particular	biological	topic	in	depth.	
     Environmental	Biology	students	most	commonly	study	aspects	
     of	Deep	Sea	Biology,	Climate	Change	or	Genetics	and	Society.	

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 Facilities & Associated Bodies




                                                                   Year 2
                                                                   Core modules
                                                                   Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology	

                                                                   Optional modules
                                                                   Aquatic	and	Terrestrial	Microbial	Ecology
                                                                   Climate	Change	and	Plants
                                                                   Ecological	Surveying	and	Plant	Communities
                                                                   Evolution	&	Molecular	Systematics
                                                                   Freshwater	Biology
                                                                   Invertebrate	Zoology
                                                                   Marine	Biology
                                                                   Monitoring	Environmental	Quality
                                                                   Science	and	the	Media
                                                                   Vertebrate	Zoology
                                                                    	
                                                                   Year 3
                                                                   Core modules
                                                                   Environmental	Biology	Research	Project
                                                                   Honours	Special	Study	(recent	topics	include		
                                                                      Deep	Sea	Biology,	Climate	Change,	Genetics	and	Society)	

                                                                   together with three of the following:
                                                                   Conservation
Year 1                                                             Field	trips	-	Plant	Ecology:	Spain	and		
Core modules                                                         Terrestrial	Ecology:	Ireland
Cell	Biology	                                                     Population	&	Community	Ecology	
Ecology                                                            Population	&	Conservation	Genetics
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology                      Techniques	&	Ecology	of	Land	Rehabilitation		
Introducing	Genetics                                               Optional modules 	
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology                               Animal	Behaviour
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology                                 Biodiversity	of	Birds	
Introductory	Biochemistry                                          Plant	Interactions	with	Pests	&	Pathogens	
Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	
   do	not	take	this	module)
Introductory	Microbiology
Plant	Biology

Optional modules
Cell	Biology	2
Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes
                                                                                            For	details	of	module	content	
Human	Biology	&	Health
                                                                                            see:
Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management
                                                                                            www.aber.ac.uk/modules
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology



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     Genetics C400
     Facilities & Associated Bodies


     The	science	of	Genetics	is	at	the	heart	of	human	affairs.	It	        Admission Requirements
     impinges	on	all	aspects	of	our	lives,	including	the	new	and	
     controversial	ways	of	improving	our	domesticated	crops	and	          Qualifications required for entry to Genetics (C400) can be
     animals,	advances	in	human	medical	science	and	the	ethical	          found on page 14. For students who lack these qualifications,
     and	moral	issues	of	gene	therapy	and	cloning.	It	is	essential	       Life	Sciences	(C990)	is	a	4-year	programme	which	includes	
     that	graduates	in	Genetics,	and	in	all	areas	of	biology,	are	        a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	progress	to	an	
     informed	on	these	matters	so	that	they	can	make	the	proper	          Honours	degree	in	Genetics.	
     judgements	about	them	as	they	become	the	geneticists	of	the	
     next	generation.	

     In the Genetics degree here at Aberystwyth our first aim             Year 1
     is	to	give	all	our	students	a	complete	understanding	of	the	         Core modules
     essential	principles	of	the	subject	in	order	for	them	to	have	an	    Cell	Biology		&	2
     anchor	for	the	growing	body	of	specialised	knowledge	that	will	      Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes
     follow	in	the	succeeding	years	of	their	degree	schemes.	The	         Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology
     new	knowledge	on	genome	sequencing,	and	on	functional	               Introducing	Genetics
     genomics	which	now	tries	to	establish	the	function	of	genes,	        Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology
     only	make	sense	in	the	context	of	understanding	how	heredity	        Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology
     works	and	how	theoretical	knowledge	can	be	safely	translated	        Introductory	Biochemistry
     into	practice.	                                                      Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	
                                                                             do	not	take	this	module)
     Part	2	of	the	degree	scheme	is	dynamic,	and	it	focuses	on	           Introductory	Microbiology
     and	keeps	abreast	of	new	developments	in	areas	such	as:	             Plant	Biology
     Human	Genetics	and	Medical	Biochemistry,	Gene	Expression	
     and	Developmental	Genetics,	Genomics	and	Bioinformatics,	            Optional modules
     to	mention	but	a	few.	There	is	also	a	highly	popular	Honours	        Ecology
     Special	Study	module	on	Genetics	and	Society	which	deals	            Human	Biology	&	Health
     with the important area of ethical issues. The final year            Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management
     research	project	enables	our	students	to	develop	further	their	      Principles	of	Animal	Physiology
     interests	in	genetics,	as	well	as	improving	their	technical	
     and	analytical	skills.	Recently	students	have	investigated	
     comparative	genomics	as	a	tool	to	identify	human	head	lice	
     egg	proteins,	competition	for	nodule	sites	in	a	transgenic	strain	
     of	Rhizobium,	gene	manipulation	and	cloning	in	medicine,	
     chromosome	mutation	and	human	disease,	mapping	genes	in	
     tomatoes	and	the	risk	to	the	environment	from	GMOs.	

     There	is	a	growing	market	for	graduates	with	a	degree	in	
     Genetics.	Many	of	our	students	take	further	courses	of	study	
     through	Masters	and	PhD	programmes	before	going	on	to	
     develop	research	careers	in	human	cytogenetics,	genetic	
     counselling, DNA profiling in forensic studies, cancer genetics,
     biotechnology	and	genetic	engineering;	and	a	number	go	
     into	teaching	at	various	levels.	It	is	an	exciting	time	to	be	in	
     Genetics,	and	the	obvious	phase	of	success	of	the	subject	
     shows all the signs of becoming ever more significant, and
     ever	more	controversial,	in	all	our	lives.	




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Facilities & Associated Bodies


Year 2                                                Year 3
Core modules 	                                        Core modules	
Applied	Molecular	Biology	                            Genetics	Research	Project	
Exploring	Genetics		                                  Honours	Special	Study	in	Genetics	and	Society	
Human	Genetics	
Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology	        together with three of the following:

Optional modules 	                                    Functional	Genomics
Bioinformatics                                        Gene	Expression	&	Developmental	Genetics	
Cancer	Biology                                        Molecular	Genetics	of	Microbes		
Ecological	Surveying	and	Plant	Communities            Population	&	Conservation	Genetics	
Evolution	&	Molecular	Systematics	
Gametes,	Cells	&	Animal	Development	                  Optional modules
Microbes	and	Disease                                  Microbial	Physiology,	Biochemistry	&	Biotechnology
Practical	Skills	in	Biochemistry                      Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology	
Science	and	the	Media                                 Plant	Interactions	with	Pests	&	Pathogens	
Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes




                     For	details	of	module	content	
                     see:
                     www.aber.ac.uk/modules




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                Biochemistry CC47
     Genetics & Associated Bodies
     Facilities


     The	interface	between	genetics	and	biochemistry	is	an	              specialised	modules	following	parallel	tracks	in	both	genetics	
     exciting	and	rapidly	growing	area	of	science,	which	exploits	       and	biochemistry.	This	degree	scheme	capitalises	upon	a	
     the	latest	discoveries	and	technological	developments	of	           particular	combination	of	subject	material	which	provides	its	
     both	disciplines.	The	explosion	of	new	knowledge	in	this	           distinctive flavour and strength. In the third year, a substantial
     sector	of	the	biological	sciences	is	certain	to	continue	into	      proportion	of	time	is	devoted	to	an	experimental	or	literature-
     the	future,	and	there	will	be	a	continuing	demand	for	a	            based	research	project	in	either	subject,	which	gives	valuable	
     biochemical	approach	to	the	study	of	genetics	across	all	           experience	in	the	laboratory	conducting	original	research,	or	
     taxonomic	boundaries,	from	humans	and	other	animals	to	             provides	skills	in	the	synthesis	and	presentation	of	published	
     plants	and	micro-organisms.	The	effectiveness	and	utility	of	       literature	in	a	topic	of	choice.	Due	to	the	diversity	of	this	area	
     this	combination	of	approaches	is	perhaps	best	illustrated	by	      of	science	a	large	range	of	project	topics	are	offered.	Recent	
     the central role it plays in the identification, characterisation   project titles include the directed evolution of green fluorescent
     and	exploitation	of	genes	discovered	in	genome	sequencing	          proteins,	painting	rye	chromosome	in	wheat,	mapping	genes	
     projects.	                                                          in	tomato	and	the	role	of	genetic	manipulation	in	medical	
                                                                         advances.	
     In	recognition	of	the	challenging	developments	at	the	
     convergence	of	these	two	well-established	disciplines,	the	
                                                                         This	degree	scheme	offers	an	avenue	into	employment	in	the	
     Institute	of	Biological	Sciences	offers	a	single	honours	BSc	
                                                                         growth areas of biomedicine, forensic science, DNA profiling
     scheme	in	Genetics	and	Biochemistry.	The	aim	of	this	course	
                                                                         (humans,	animals,	plants),	clinical	cytogenetics	and	genetic	
     is	to	provide	rigorous	training	in	genetics	and	biochemistry,	
                                                                         counselling,	biotechnology	and	food	production,	and	aspects	
     with	particular	emphasis	upon	those	topics	and	strategies	that	
                                                                         of	biodiversity	and	the	conservation	of	genetic	resources	and	
     are	common	to	both	disciplines.	
                                                                         endangered	species.	Many	students	go	on	to	take	Masters	
                                                                         courses,	here	and	elsewhere,	and	move	into	more	vocational	
     After completing the first year, the second and third years
                                                                         areas	of	these	subjects.	Others	prefer	an	academic	direction	
     develop	the	depth	and	breadth	of	the	course	with	more	
                                                                         and	develop	research	careers	in	universities,	research	
                                                                         institutes,	health	authorities	and	commercial	companies.	
                                                                         Genetics	and	Biochemistry	also	gives	students	a	well-rounded	
                                                                         education, as well as a rigorous intellectual training, that fits
                                                                         them	well	for	a	wide	range	of	jobs	that	go	far	beyond	the	
                                                                         boundaries	of	the	subject	itself.	



                                                                         Admission Requirements
                                                                         Qualifications required for entry to Genetics and Biochemistry
                                                                         (CC47)	can	be	found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	
                                                                         qualifications, Life Sciences (C990) is a 4-year programme
                                                                         which	includes	a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	
                                                                         progress	to	an	Honours	degree	in	Genetics	and	Biochemistry.	




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    Facilities & Associated Bodies



                                                Year 2

                                                Core modules 	
                                                Applied	Molecular	Biology	
                                                Bioinformatics
                                                Exploring	Genetics
                                                Practical	Skills	in	Biochemistry		
                                                Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology		
                                                Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes	
                                                	
                                                Optional modules
                                                Evolution	&	Molecular	Systematics	
                                                Gametes,	Cells	&	Animal	Development		
                                                Human	Genetics	
                                                Science	and	the	Media



                                                Year 3
                                                Core modules
                                                Biochemistry
                                                Functional	Genomics
Year 1                                          Gene	Expression	&	Developmental	Genetics	
Core modules                                    Genetics	&	Biochemistry	Research	Project	
Cell	Biology		&	2                              Honours	Special	Study	in	Information	and	
Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes          Data	Handling	in	Biochemistry	
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology
Introducing	Genetics                            Optional modules
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology            Microbial	Physiology,	Biochemistry	&	Biotechnology		
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology              Molecular	Genetics	of	Microbes		
Introductory	Biochemistry                       Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology	
Introductory	Microbiology                       Population	&	Conservation	Genetics

Optional modules
Ecology
Human	Biology	&	Health
Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management
Plant	Biology	
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology
                                                                          For	details	of	module	content	
                                                                          see:
                                                                          www.aber.ac.uk/modules




                                                                                                           3
     Facilities & Associated Bodies
     Facilities and Human Health BC94
     Genetics & Associated Bodies
                 Genetics & Biochemistry


     Since	biology	is	hailed	as	the	supreme	science	of	the	2st	
     century,	surely	genetics	must	be	the	biological	discipline	most	
     likely	to	have	the	greatest	impact	upon	human	society.	The	
     sequencing	of	the	human	genome	is	now	complete,	and	we	
     have	entered	a	post-genomic	era	focusing	upon	the	discovery	
     and	function	of	genes.	We	have	the	potential	now	to	combat	
     genetic	diseases	and	to	enhance	genetically	organisms	in	ways	
     which	were	hitherto	unimaginable.	We	can	transfer	genes	at	
     will	between	unrelated	organisms,	and	create	new	phenotypes	
     which	have	the	potential	to	serve	us	in	many	different	ways.	
     Whilst	the	potential	benefits	of	these	technologies	are	clear,	
     we	have	the	responsibility	too	to	ensure	that	they	are	not	used	
     to	the	detriment	of	the	health	of	humans,	the	health	of	human	
     society,	and	the	health	of	our	environment.	This	new	degree	
     scheme	addresses	issues	at	the	interface	between	genetics	
     and	human	health	in	its	widest	context,	and	equips	the	student	
     in	an	informed,	scientific	way	to	handle	the	challenges	and	
     consider	the	sociological	consequences	of	the	new	genetics.	
     You	will	tackle	important	and	topical	questions	such	as:

     •	   What	role	is	genetics	playing	in	human	health?
     •	   How	can	genetics	be	harnessed	to	secure	our	food	supply?
     •	   Will	we	ever	cure	ageing?
     •	   How	are	we	tackling	the	globalisation	of	human	disease?
     •	   Does	biotechnology	cross	the	ethical	line?

     In	the	first	year	of	this	scheme,	you	will	receive	rigorous	
     training	in	a	wide	variety	of	relevant	biological	disciplines,	
     including	a	special	introductory	course	in	Human	Biology	and	
     Health.	The	second	and	third	years	develop	specialist	themes,	
     particularly	with	regard	to	human	biology,	genetics	and	health.	
     Collaboration	with	other	departments	also	ensures	that	you	
     receive	training	in	ethics	and	law,	environmental	issues,	and	
     human	fitness.	You	will	also	be	given	the	opportunity	in	the	third	
     year	to	conduct	your	own	research	project	on	a	topic	of	your	
     choice.

     The	novel	combination	of	modules	and	diversity	of	subjects	
     included	in	this	degree	scheme	equip	the	student	for	a	career	in	
     scientific	research	and	high	employability	areas	such	as	media	       Admission Requirements 	
     presentation,	journalism,	counselling,	legal	advising,	forensics	     Qualifications required for entry to Genetics and Human Health
     and	health	care.                                                      (BC94)	can	be	found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	
                                                                           qualifications, Life Sciences (C990) is a 4-year programme
                                                                           which	includes	a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	
                                                                           progress	to	an	Honours	degree	in	Genetics	and	Human	Health.	




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 Facilities & Associated Bodies


                                                                   Year 2

                                                                   Core modules
                                                                   Applied	Molecular	Biology
                                                                   Health	and	the	Food	Chain
                                                                   Human	Genetics	
                                                                   Human	Health	and	Fitness
                                                                   	
                                                                   Optional modules
                                                                   Bioinformatics	
                                                                   Cancer	Genetics
                                                                   Food,	Farming	and	the	Environment
                                                                   Genomics
                                                                   Human	Impact	on	the	Environment
                                                                   Human	Rights
                                                                   Medicine,	Ethics	and	Law
                                                                   Science	and	the	Media
                                                                   Sport	and	Exercise	Medicine
                                                                   	


                                                                   Year 3

                                                                   Core modules
                                                                   Exercise	and	Health		
                                                                   Genetics	&	Human	Health	Research	Project		
Year 1                                                             Honours	Special	Study	in	Genetics	and	Society		
                                                                   	
Core modules                                                       Optional modules 	
Cell	Biology	                                                     Functional	Genomics
Ecology                                                            Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology
Human	Biology	&	Health                                             Population	&	Conservation	Genetics
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology                      Sport	and	Exercise	Nutrition
Introducing	Genetics
Introductory	Biochemistry
Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	
   do	not	take	this	module)
Introductory	Microbiology
                                                                                          For	details	of	module	content	
Plant	Biology	
                                                                                          see:
                                                                                          www.aber.ac.uk/modules
Optional modules
Cell	Biology	2
Foundations	in	Sport	and	Exercise	Psychology	
Foundations	in	the	Biomechanics	of	Sport	and	Exercise	
Foundations	in	the	Psychophysiology	of	Sport	and	Exercise	
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology




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       Facilities Freshwater Biology C164
       Marine & & Associated Bodies


       It	is	easy	for	humans,	as	terrestrial	organisms,	to	overlook	        biology.	The	Marine	Biology	module	explores	the	physical	
       the	importance	of	the	aquatic	realm.	Despite	the	fact	that	the	      environment	of	seas	and	oceans	and	then	moves	on	to	
       seas	cover	more	than	two	thirds	of	the	Earth’s	surface	much	         examine	the	biology	of	the	plankton,	the	organisms	of	the	deep	
       of	their	biology	is	still	unknown.	It	is	becoming	apparent	that	     sea	and	the	communities	of	coastal	waters	and	estuaries.	
       life	in	the	oceans	plays	an	important	global	role	in	regulating	     Fresh	water	poses	distinctive	challenges	for	the	organisms	
       atmospheric	carbon	dioxide.	Many	of	the	organisms	that	              that	inhabit	it.	Their	origins	and	adaptations	are	investigated	
       live	on	the	remaining	dry	land,	including	ourselves,	are	            in	a	module	that	covers	the	ecology	of	fresh	water	plants,	
       dependent	on	access	to	clean	fresh	water	in	rivers	or	lakes.	        invertebrates and vertebrates, finishing with the effects of
       Inshore	waters	and	other	wetlands	are	often	very	productive	         pollution	on	lakes	and	rivers.	The	proximity	of	many	aquatic	
       environments,	generating	high	quality	food	to	support	many	          habitats to Aberystwyth allows field work to be included in term
       aquatic	and	terrestrial	communities.	Beyond	these	key	roles,	        time	classes.	Students	can	add	to	this	core	of	aquatic	biology	
       aquatic	environments	provide	the	habitats	for	organisms	that	        by	selecting	modules	covering	physical	oceanography	and	
       range	from	the	minute	to	the	massive,	the	beautiful	to	the	          the	nature	of	the	sea	bed,	or	the	geomorphology	of	rivers	and	
       bizarre,	and	the	friendly	to	the	frightening.	Above	all,	these	      coasts.	Alternatively,	more	biology	can	be	included	in	the	form	
       complex	ecosystems	are	an	endless	source	of	fascination	to	          of	environmental	monitoring	or	genetics.	
       natural	historians	and	pose	many	challenging	questions	to	
       modern	biologists.	                                                  The final year offers students the chance to delve deeply into
                                                                            selected	topics	such	as	deep	sea	biology	or	the	impact	of	
       Aberystwyth was the first university in the UK to offer a degree
                                                                            climate	change.	Students	also	take	a	module	that	links	the	
       course	that	covered	both	marine	and	freshwater	biology	in	an	
                                                                            biology of invertebrates and fish with their roles in aquaculture
       integrated	programme.	The	aim	was	to	provide	an	education	
                                                                            and fisheries. Two residential field courses held in vacations
       of	the	highest	calibre,	so	that	our	graduates	would	be	ideally	
                                                                            also	feature	in	the	core	of	the	course.	One	capitalizes	on	
       placed	to	compete	for	jobs	or	undertake	research	connected	
                                                                            Aberystwyth’s	favoured	position	on	the	coast,	whilst	the	
       with	the	biology	of	the	seas,	estuaries,	rivers	or	lakes.	More	
                                                                            other	is	held	in	Loch	Lomond,	Britain’s	largest	expanse	of	
       than	twenty	years	later,	Marine	and	Freshwater	Biology	is	one	
                                                                            fresh water. The highlight of the final year for many students
       of	the	largest	of	our	degree	schemes	in	terms	of	the	numbers	
                                                                            is	the	research	project.	Recent	investigations	have	involved	
       both	of	applications	and	admissions.	Aberystwyth	is	very	well	
                                                                            organisms	as	diverse	as	whales,	sea	turtles,	sticklebacks,	
       located	for	studies	in	marine,	estuarine	and	freshwater	biology.	
                                                                            water	spiders	and	seaweeds,	and	topics	including	metal	
       It	is	situated	on	the	edge	of	Cardigan	Bay	which	is	renowned	
                                                                            pollution, the influence of light on behaviour, the colonisation
       for	its	marine	habitats.	The	Special	Area	of	Conservation	
                                                                            of artificial habitat and commercial fisheries including those
       (SAC)	in	the	south	of	the	Bay	is	home	to	one	of	the	two	
                                                                            of lobster, cockle and other shellfish. We encourage students
       resident	populations	of	bottle-nosed	dolphins.	Aberystwyth	
                                                                            to	follow	their	own	interests	in	devising	projects,	so	the	full	list	
                           has	easy	access	to	estuaries	of	international	
                                                                            covers	a	much	wider	range	than	can	be	illustrated	here.	
                             importance, and to streams and lakes fit for
                              salmon	and	trout.	
                                                                            Graduates in Marine and Freshwater Biology find employment
                                                                            in	a	wide	range	of	jobs.	Their	specialist	training	equips	them	
                               During the first year of the Marine
                                                                            with	the	skills	they	need	to	pursue	careers	in	research	or	
                                  &	Freshwater	degree,	students	
                                                                            to take up posts in fisheries and conservation agencies.
                                   study	a	range	of	core	and	optional	
                                                                            Aberystwyth	graduates	can	be	found	lecturing	in	universities	
                                    modules	which	provide	them	with	
                                                                            in the UK and overseas, acting as fishery consultants, and
                                       knowledge	and	understanding	
                                                                            working	with	the	Environment	Agency	and	the	British	Antarctic	
                                        upon	which	they	build	during	
                                                                            Survey.	However,	the	broad	base	of	the	degree	also	provides	
                                          their	second	and	third	
                                                                            an	ideal	preparation	for	teaching	science	in	secondary	schools,	
                                          years.	They	also	develop	
                                                                            or	indeed	for	any	job	that	demands	a	general	knowledge	of	
                                         further	their	knowledge	and	
                                                                            biology.	The	transferable	skills	which	are	a	key	part	of	the	
                                        understanding	of	general	
                                                                            training	enhance	the	progression	of	our	students	into	a	wide	
                                       biology.	The	second	year	
                                                                            range	of	graduate	careers.	
                                      provides	students	with	a	
                                     thorough	grounding	in	aquatic	


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 Facilities & Associated Bodies


                                                                      Year 2

                                                                      Core modules 	
                                                                      Evolution	&	Molecular	Systematics
                                                                      Freshwater	Biology
                                                                      Invertebrate	Zoology
                                                                      Marine	Biology	
                                                                      Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology		
                                                                      Vertebrate	Zoology	

                                                                      Optional modules
                                                                      Coastal	Environments		
                                                                      Exploring	Genetics	
                                                                      Fluvial	Geomorphology	
                                                                      Monitoring	Environmental	Quality	
                                                                      Oceanography	&	Marine	Geology
                                                                      Science	and	the	Media	



                                                                      Year 3
Admission Requirements
Qualifications	required	for	entry	to	Marine	and	Freshwater	Biology	   Core modules
(C64)	can	be	found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	          Fish	Biology,	Fisheries	&	Aquaculture		
qualifications,	Life	Sciences	(C990)	is	a	4-year	programme	which	     Freshwater	Biology	Field	Course	
includes	a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	progress	to	       Honours	Special	Study	
an	Honours	degree	in	Marine	and	Freshwater	Biology.                   Marine	and	Freshwater	Biology	Research	Project	
                                                                      Marine	Biology	Field	Course		
                                                                      Population	&	Community	Ecology		
Year 1
                                                                      Optional modules 	
Core modules                                                          Animal	Behaviour	
Cell	Biology	                                                        Conservation	
Ecology                                                               Parasitology	
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology                         Population	&	Conservation	Genetics	
Introducing	Genetics                                                  	
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology
Introductory	Biochemistry                                                                    For	details	of	module	content	
Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	
                                                                                             see:
   do	not	take	this	module)
                                                                                             www.aber.ac.uk/modules
Introductory	Microbiology
Plant	Biology	
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology

Optional modules
Cell	Biology	2
Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes
Human	Biology	&	Health
Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management

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       Facilities & C500
       MicrobiologyAssociated Bodies


     We	are	always	surrounded	by,	even	inhabited	by,	micro-                  The final year research project is an important part of our
     organisms	the	study	of	which	is	encompassed	in	Microbiology.	           microbiology	students	training	as	it	enables	them	to	develop	
     The	roles	of	microbes	in	infectious	diseases	of	animals	and	            further	their	practical	and	planning	skills	in	a	research	area	of	
     plants,	spoilage	of	food	material,	maintenance	of	soil	fertility	and	   their	choice.	Recent	topics	for	research	projects	have	been	
     in	the	dairy	and	brewing	industry	are	well	known.	Not	only	do	          undertaken	on	a	novel	family	of	bacterial	growth	factors,	
     they	directly	affect	the	welfare	of	mankind	by	their	harmful	and	       ancient	DNA	(microbes	apparently	resuscitated	from	amber),	
     beneficial activities, they have also proved in many respects           mobile	genetic	elements,	non-target	effect	of	fungicides	on	soil	
     to	be	the	best	experimental	subjects	with	which	to	study	basic	         microbes,	the	ecology	of	anaerobic	fungi	in	cattle	intestines,	
     biological	phenomena	common	to	all	organisms.	                          grassland	basidomycetes	and	their	distributions,	effect	of	
                                                                             land	use	on	microbiological	quality	of	water,	controlling	
     The	aim	of	the	Microbiology	degree	scheme	at	Aberystwyth	is	to	         bacterial	growth	using	essential	oils	and	the	interactions	of	
     provide	our	graduates	with	an	understanding	of	the	key	concepts	        bacteriophages	and	bacteria	in	soil.	
     and	principles	of	modern	microbiology	and	their	applications	in	
     medicine	and	industry	(including	the	food	and	pharmaceutical	           Good	microbiology	graduates	from	Aberystwyth	are	always	
     industries), diagnostic laboratories and in the field (including        employable	because	of	the	breadth	and	depth	of	their	
     environmental	monitoring).	To	achieve	this	we	offer	a	degree	           knowledge	and	the	key	skills	that	they	have	developed	during	
     scheme	that	deals	with	the	molecular,	genetic	and	physiological	        their	course.	In	recent	years	Aberystwyth	microbiology	graduates	
     aspects	of	microorganisms	in	combination	with	ecological	and	           have	found	employment	working	as	microbiologists	in	a	range	
     environmental	aspects	of	their	activities.	                             of	industries	including	the	Health	Protection	Agency,	with	water	
                                                                             companies	including	Severn	Trent	Water,	Thames	Water	and	
     During the first year of the Microbiology degree, students take         Yorkshire	Water,	the	Environment	Agency,	the	Institute	of	
     core	and	optional	modules	which	provide	them	with	a	knowledge	          Cancer	Research,	the	Institute	for	Animal	Health,	and	in	the	
     and	understanding	of	microbiology	upon	which	they	build	during	         pharmaceutical,	cosmetic	and	food	industry.	Others	have	gone	
     their	second	and	third	years.	They	also	develop	further	their	          on	to	study	for	postgraduate	degrees	or	have	moved	into	the	
     knowledge	and	understanding	of	general	biology.	Core	modules	           teaching	profession.	
     in the first year deal with aspects of microbiology including
     microbial	diversity,	biochemistry,	genetics	and	molecular	biology.	
                                                                             Admission Requirements
     Optional	modules	enable	students	to	begin	to	develop	their	
                                                                             Qualifications	required	for	entry	to	Microbiology	(C500)	can	be	
     academic	interests	and	include	topics	such	as	human	biology	&	
                                                                             found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	qualifications,	
     health,	animal	physiology,	ecology,	plant	and	soil	biology.
                                                                             Life	Sciences	(C990)	is	a	4-year	programme	which	includes	a	
                                                                             Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	progress	to	an	Honours	
     In	the	second	and	third	year	students	take	some	core	modules	
                                                                             degree	in	Microbiology.
     which	deal	with	aspects	of	bacteriology,	environmental	
     microbiology,	microbes	and	disease,	microbial	physiology,	
     molecular	genetics	of	microbes,	molecular	microbiology	and	
     virology.	They	are	encouraged	to	develop	their	own	interests	
     in	microbiology	through	their	choice	of	optional	modules	
     and	research	project.	Current	optional	modules	can	be	seen	
     opposite.	In	the	Honours	Special	Study,	Human	Disease	
     and	Public	Health,	students	develop	their	knowledge	and	
     understanding	of	the	effect	of	microbes	on	the	health	of	the	
     human	population.	Recently	studied	areas	include	microbes	
     and	bioterrorism,	mosquitoes	and	man,	lice	and	human	disease,	
     human	water	borne	diseases	and	their	control,	the	spread	of	
     antibiotic	resistance	in	bacteria,	Ebola	and	Norwalk	viruses,	and	
     TB	latency.	




36
  Facilities & Associated Bodies


                                                                   Year 2

                                                                   Core modules
                                                                   Applied	Molecular	Biology
                                                                   Aquatic	and	Terrestrial	Microbial	Ecology
                                                                   Bioinformatics
                                                                   Microbes	and	Disease
                                                                   Monitoring	Environmental	Quality
                                                                   Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology

                                                                   Optional modules
                                                                   Exploring	Genetics
                                                                   Human	Genetics
                                                                   Immunology
                                                                   Invertebrate	Zoology
                                                                   Practical	Skills	in	Biochemistry
                                                                   Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes
                                                                   Science	and	the	Media
                                                                   Vertebrate	Zoology


                                                                   Year 3

                                                                   Core modules
                                                                   Honours	Special	Study	in	Human	Disease	and	Public	Health
                                                                   Microbial	Physiology	Biochemistry	&	Biotechnology
                                                                   Microbiology	Research	Project
                                                                   Molecular	Genetics	of	Microbes

Year 1                                                             Optional	modules
Core modules                                                       Functional	Genomics	
Cell	Biology		&	2                                                 Gene	Expression	and	Cell	Signalling
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology                      Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology                               Parasitology
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology                                 Plant	Interactions	with	Pests	&	Pathogens
Introductory	Biochemistry                                          Population	&	Conservation	Genetics
Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	
   do	not	take	this	module)
Introductory	Genetics	
Introductory	Microbiology                                                                  For	details	of	module	content	
                                                                                           see:
Optional modules
                                                                                           www.aber.ac.uk/modules
Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes
Ecology
Human	Biology	&	Health
Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management
Plant	Biology	
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology


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       Plant Biology C200
       Facilities & Associated Bodies




                                                Plants	provide	an	           Our	graduates	go	on	to	careers	in	a	wide	variety	of	employment	
                                                essential	foundation	        areas	with	some	of	them	undertaking	postgraduate	courses	
                                              for	life	on	earth,	the	food	   or	research	training.	There	are	career	opportunities	for	plant	
                                            we	eat	and	the	beauty	           biologists	in	both	industrial	and	government	funded	agricultural	
                                         of	the	natural	environment.	        research institutes and in the scientific civil service. Graduates
                                      Plant	Biology	in	Aberystwyth	          more interested in ecological aspects may find rewarding
                                 encompasses	some	of	today’s	most	           employment	in	the	area	of	conservation	management.	Others	
     topical	issues	concerning	plants,	such	as	plant	biotechnology	          pursue	careers	that	are	not	directly	related	to	their	specialised	
     and	the	impacts	of	global	climate	change.	Mid	Wales	is	an	              training	in	management,	administration,	commerce,	computing	
     interesting	centre	for	plant	science,	as	it	is	the	location	of	the	     and	the	public	sector.	
     Institute	of	Grassland	and	Environmental	Research,	and	the	
     Centre	for	Alternative	Technology.	The	Institute	has	its	own	
     botanical	collection	and	a	virtual	tour	of	this	can	be	taken	from	
                                                                             Admission Requirements
     the	Institute’s	web	pages	(www.aber.ac.uk/biology).	Staff	at	the	
     Institute	have	strong	links	with	the	National	Botanic	Garden	of	        Qualifications required for entry to Plant Biology (C200) can be
     Wales	which	is	within	easy	reach	of	Aberystwyth.                        found on page 14. For students who lack these qualifications,
                                                                             Life	Sciences	(C990)	is	a	4-year	programme	which	includes	
     The	Aberystwyth	Plant	Biology	degree	scheme	deals	with	
                                                                             a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	progress	to	an	
     plant	life	in	all	its	aspects	from	the	molecular	to	the	ecological	
                                                                             Honours	degree	in	Plant	Biology.	
     levels.	Graduates	will	have	a	broad	based	knowledge	of	the	
     way	in	which	plants	grow	and	interact	with	other	organisms	
     and	the	environment.	They	will	also	understand	the	potential	of	
     molecular	biology	to	advance	plant	biology	and	biotechnology	in	
     the twenty-first century.

     After completing the first year which includes studies of the
     structure	and	function	of	plants,	their	physiology,	ecology	and	
     classification, plant biology students take some core modules
     but	are	able	to	tailor	their	own	degree	scheme	through	their	
     choice of options, which range from field trips to Northern Spain
     and	Western	Ireland	to	molecular	biology	modules	(see	list	of	
     modules opposite). The final year project provides students
     with an opportunity to develop their field or lab research
     skills	in	an	area	of	their	own	choice.	Recent	research	areas	
     include	ecological	surveys	of	local	habitats,	plant	responses	
     to	environmental	stresses	such	as	the	ozone	hole,	molecular	
     biology of plant disease resistance, and flowering hormones.


38
Facilities & Associated Bodies


                                                                   Year 3

                                                                   Core modules
                                                                   Honours	Special	Study	in	Climate	Change	Biology		
                                                                   Plant	Biology	Research	Project	

                                                                   Optional modules
                                                                   Field	trips	-	Plant	Ecology:	Spain	and		
                                                                     Terrestrial	Ecology:	Ireland
Year 1                                                             Plant	Interactions	with	Pests	&	Pathogens
                                                                   Population	&	Conservation	Genetics	
Core modules                                                       Conservation
Cell	Biology		&	2                                                 Functional	Genomics	
Ecology                                                            Gene	Expression	&	Developmental	Genetics	
Plant	Biology	                                                     Microbial	Physiology,	Biochemistry	&	Biotechnology	
Introducing	Genetics                                               Prokaryote	Molecular	Genetics	
Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management                         Techniques	of	Ecology	&	Land	Rehabilitation
Introductory	Biochemistry
Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	
   do	not	take	this	module)
Introductory	Microbiology
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology
                                                                                         For	details	of	module	content	
Optional modules                                                                         see:
Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes                                                   www.aber.ac.uk/modules
Human	Biology	&	Health
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology



Year 2

Core modules 	
Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology	

together with at least three of the following:
Applied	Molecular	Biology
Aquatic	and	Terrestrial	Microbial	Ecology	
Climate	Change	and	Plants
Ecological	Surveying	and	Plant	Communities

Optional modules	
Bioinformatics
Evolution	&	Molecular	Systematics	
Exploring	Genetics	
Monitoring	Environmental	Quality
Science	and	the	Media
Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes

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     Zoology C300
     Facilities & Associated Bodies


     Zoology	is	the	study	of	animals.	As	humans	we	share	this	            The first year incorporates carefully selected introductory
     planet	with	millions	of	other	animal	species,	yet	our	life-          biology	modules	to	provide	an	understanding	of	the	key	
     styles	are	changing	and	destroying	habitats.	Modern	zoology	         concepts	of	animal	life.	In	years	two	and	especially	three	the	
     offers solutions for species conservation by finding out how         limited	compulsory	modules	offer	an	opportunity	to	design,	
     individuals	and	groups	of	animals	live	and	adapt	to	their	           with	the	assistance	of	zoology	advisers,	a	degree	path	to	cover	
     natural	environments.	A	zoologist	also	needs	to	be	familiar	         the broad spectrum of animal biology. This built-in flexibility
     with	evolution	in	order	to	make	sense	of	the	relationships	          from	year	two	onwards	also	allows	our	students	to	focus	either	
     between	animals	and	to	discover	how	diversity	comes	about.	          on	whole-animal,	population	and	conservation	zoology	or	more	
                                                                          applied	aspects	of	zoology,	such	as	parasitology,	immunology	
     Zoology students explore animal classification and phylogeny,
                                                                          and	animal	health.	Summer	vacation	bursary	posts	with	
     evolution,	structure	and	function,	behaviour	and	ecology.	
                                                                          Aberystwyth	zoology	research	groups	also	provide	applied	
     Trained	zoologists	are	urgently	needed	to	preserve	animal	life	
                                                                          experience	for	career	development.	
     on	land	and	in	water,	investigate	animal	and	human	parasitic	
     diseases,	and	to	control	economically	important	invertebrate	
                                                                          In the final year, students undertake a laboratory or field
     pests.	The	aim	of	the	Aberystwyth	Zoology	degree	is	to	provide	
                                                                          based	research	project	in	the	area	of	their	choosing,	with	
     broad	theoretical	and	practical	training	in	pure	and	aspects	
                                                                          training	provided	by	zoology	teaching	and	research	staff.	
     of	applied	zoology.	Integrated	transferable	skills	training	
                                                                          Recent	project	areas	have	included	captive	animal	welfare	
     within	the	Zoology	degree	will	also	provide	opportunities	for	
                                                                          (kangaroos,	tigers,	elephants),	conservation	of	UK	mammals	
     other	careers	in	biological	sciences	and	general	graduate	
                                                                          (cetaceans,	badgers,	foxes,	otters,	water	voles),	species	
     employment.	
                                                                          reintroduction	to	UK	(beaver,	wolf),	predator-prey	relationships	
                                                                          (trout),	animal	behaviour	&	environmental	enrichment	
     Zoology students at Aberystwyth benefit from the unique
                                                                          (birds,	squirrels,	laboratory	mice	and	rabbits),	host-parasite	
     biodiversity	in	West	Wales.	An	extensive	array	of	coastlines,	
                                                                          interactions (fish tapeworms, human headlice, mouse
     estuaries,	woodlands,	and	hills	provides	for	the	exceptional	
                                                                          nematodes)	and	hominid	evolution.	
     wildlife.	The	local	area	supports	rare	insects,	wildfowl,	waders,	
     Red	Kite	and	Chough.	Cardigan	Bay	is	renowned	for	its	sea-
                                                                          Field-courses	can	also	be	an	important	part	of	the	hands-on	
     bird	population,	and	mammals	such	as	Grey	Seals,	Bottlenose	
                                                                          training	in	modern	animal	biology	techniques	at	Aberystwyth.	
     Dolphins	and	Harbour	Porpoises.	
                                                                          Training	in	transferable	skills,	such	as	teamwork	seminars	
                                                                          in	specialised	zoology	topics,	data	analysis	and	information	
                            The	Aberystwyth	Zoology	degree	has	
                                                                          technology	will	also	prepare	students	for	employment	
                                       been	constructed	to	cater	
                                                                          within	and	beyond	biological	sciences.	Recent	Aberystwyth	
                                         for	students	own	animal	
                                                                          zoology	graduates	have	embarked	on	a	wide	range	of	
                                           interests	and	to	also	
                                                                          careers	including	teaching,	research,	wildlife	management	&	
                                             provide	a	dependable	
                                                                          conservation,	industry	and	commerce.	Many	have	embarked	
                                               and	competitive	
                                                                          on	postgraduate	courses	or	research	degrees.	
                                                 base	for	their	
                                                   subsequent	
                                                    employment.	
                                                                          Admission Requirements
                                                                          Qualifications required for entry to Zoology (C300) can be
                                                                          found on page 14. For students who lack these qualifications,
                                                                          Life	Sciences	(C990)	is	a	4-year	programme	which	includes	
                                                                          a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	progress	to	an	
                                                                          Honours	degree	in	Zoology.	




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 Facilities & Associated Bodies


Year 1                                                                Year 2

Core modules                                                          Core modules 	
Cell	Biology	                                                        Quantitative	Biology	and	Information	Technology	
Ecology
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology                         together with three of the following:
Introducing	Genetics                                                  Advanced	Vertebrate	Biology
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology                                  Evolution	and	Molecular	Systematics	
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology                                    Gametes,	Cells	and	Animal	Development		
Introductory	Biochemistry                                             Immunology		
Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	do	   Invertebrate	Zoology		
   not	take	this	module)
Introductory	Microbiology                                             Year 2 Options
Plant	Biology	                                                        Animal	Behaviour	
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology                                       Applied	Molecular	Biology	
                                                                      Aquatic	and	Terrestrial	Microbial	Ecology
Year 1 Options                                                        Behavioural	Ecology
Cell	Biology	2                                                        Bioinformatics
Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes                                Cancer	Biology
Foundations	in	the	Psychophysiology	of		                              Exploring	Genetics		
   Sport	and	Exercise	Psychology                                      Freshwater	Biology	
Human	Biology	&	Health                                                Health	and	the	Food	Chain
Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management                            Human	Genetics		
Muscle	Function                                                       Marine	Biology	
                                                                      Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes	
                                                                      Science	and	the	Media	
                          For	details	of	module	content	              	
                          see:
                          www.aber.ac.uk/modules                      Year 3

                                                                      Core modules 	
                                                                      Honours	Special	Study	(recent	options	include	The	Mammals,			
                                                                      						Deep	Sea	Biology	and	Climate	Change	Biology)	
                                                                      Zoology	Research	Project	

                                                                      Year 3 Options
                                                                      Applied	Immunology	and	Animal	Health
                                                                      Biodiversity	of	Birds
                                                                      Conservation	
                                                                      Environmental	Animal	Physiology
                                                                      Fish	Biology,	Fisheries	&	Aquaculture		
                                                                      Freshwater	Biology	Field	Course	
                                                                      Functional	Genomics
                                                                      Gene	Expression	and	Cell	Signalling
                                                                      Marine	Biology	Field	Course		
                                                                      Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology	
                                                                      Parasitology
                                                                      Population	and	Community	Ecology	
                                                                      Population	and	Conservation	Genetics	
                                                                      	



                                                                                                                                      4
     Facilities Microbiology Bodies
     Zoology & & Associated CC35


 Biological	subject	areas,	rather	like	the	people	that	study	them,	   During the first year of this degree students study core modules
 cannot	always	be	put	in	discrete	pigeonholes.	One	excellent	         that	deal	with	aspects	of	microbiology	and	zoology	including	
 interdisciplinary	example	is	Zoology	and	Microbiology	because	       microbial	diversity,	vertebrate	and	invertebrate	zoology,	animal	
 so	much	of	the	behaviour	of	microbes	impinges	on	human	              physiology,	biochemistry	and	genetics.	Optional	modules	
 beings	and	the	animals	that	are	important	to	us	in	agriculture,	     enable	students	to	begin	to	develop	their	academic	interests	
 in	sport	and	as	pets.	The	advantages	of	studying	these	              and	include	topics	such	as	human	biology	&	health,	molecular	
 interactions	as	facets	of	a	combined	approach,	rather	than	as	       biology	and	bioinformatics,	ecology,	plant	and	soil	biology.
 one	or	other,	are	highlighted	in	the	design	of	this	course.	
                                                                      In	their	second	and	third	years,	students	in	this	combined	
 The	two	disciplines	most	obviously	meet	in	medicine	and	
                                                                      degree	course	take	a	number	of	core	modules,	including	
 veterinary	science	but,	with	the	coming	post-genomic	age,	
                                                                      bacteriology	and	immunology,	but	are	also	encouraged	to	select	
 much	of	the	research	in	molecular	biology	has	common	themes	
                                                                      optional modules that fit their own particular interests in the two
 in	both	disciplines.	This	is	because	the	well-being	of	mankind	
                                                                      disciplines. Specific interests often can be most closely focused
 is	continually	threatened	by	microbial	parasites,	protozoa	or	
                                                                      in	the	research	project	which	is	intended	to	take	a	quarter	of	the	
 fungi,	and	there	is	a	great	deal	to	be	learned	about	the	body’s	
                                                                      available time in the final year. The considerable period spent
 defences	against	them.	There	are	also	many	examples	of	
                                                                      on	it	allows	students	to	stamp	their	own	personality	on	the	
 symbiotic	and	commensal	relationships	between	animals	and	
                                                                      chosen	research	topic	and	give	a	good	account	of	themselves	
 microorganisms,	such	as	in	the	rumen,	in	coral	reefs	and	in	
                                                                      at	job	interviews	and	research	seminars.	Recent	projects	have	
 termite	colonies.	
                                                                      investigated	the	possibility	of	prion	transfer	from	animals	to	
                                                                      Man,	evidence	of	reinfection	of	cattle	by	bovine	TB	from	a	
 It	can	be	appreciated,	therefore,	that	the	Zoology	and	
                                                                      badger	reservoir	and	the	use	of	bacteriophages	to	combat	
 Microbiology	degree	scheme	is	concerned	primarily	with	
                                                                      antibiotic-resistant	bacteria	in	Man.	In	terms	of	developing	
 discoveries	at	the	interface	between	these	two	disciplines	and	
                                                                      interpersonal	skills	while	enjoying	the	learning	process,	the	
 the	technology	that	is	common	to	both	of	them.	For	example,	
                                                                      Honours	Special	Study	module	holds	a	particular	attraction.	
 microbiology	and	molecular	genetics	are	highly	relevant	to	
                                                                      From	the	range	of	topics	available	we	recommend	the	topic	
 studies	of	animal	cell	culture	and	developmental	processes,	
                                                                      ‘Human	Disease	and	Public	Health’.	An	alternative	choice	could	
 whilst	immunology	and	serology	provide	microbiologists	with	
                                                                      be	‘Genetics	in	Society’.	
 powerful	analytical	tools.	
                                                                      Graduates	in	Zoology	and	Microbiology	will	have	an	
                                                                      understanding	of	the	key	concepts	and	underlying	principles	
                                                                      in	these	two	disciplines.	Besides	the	possibility	of	undertaking	
                                                                      research	studies	jointly	at	the	interactive	edge	of	them,	they	
                                                                      will have sufficient specialist knowledge and practical skills
                                                                      to	pursue	a	higher	degree	in	either	Microbiology	or	Zoology.	
                                                                      Graduates will have acquired a general biological and scientific
                                                                      background	as	well	as	having	gained	experience	in	solving	
                                                                      problems.	Most	importantly,	they	will	have	developed	the	
                                                                      transferable	skills	of	communication,	numerical	literacy	and	
                                                                      informational	technology	required	for	a	wide	range	of	careers	
                                                                      in	or	outside	science	including	human	and	animal	health	
                                                                      industries	and	the	commercial	sector.



                                                                      Admission Requirements

                                                                      Qualifications required for entry to Zoology and Microbiology
                                                                      (CC35)	can	be	found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	
                                                                      qualifications, Life Sciences (C990) is a 4-year programme
                                                                      which	includes	a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	
                                                                      progress	to	an	Honours	degree	in	Zoology	and	Microbiology.	
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  Facilities & Associated Bodies


                                                                   Year 2

                                                                   Core modules 	
                                                                   Applied	Molecular	Biology		
                                                                   Exploring	Genetics		
                                                                   Immunology	
                                                                   Microbes	and	Disease

                                                                   Optional modules
                                                                   Aquatic	and	Terrestrial	Microbial	Ecology	
                                                                   Bioinformatics
                                                                   Evolution	&	Molecular	Systematics	
Year 1                                                             Gametes,	Cells	&	Animal	Development		
                                                                   Human	Genetics			
Core modules                                                       Invertebrate	Zoology		
Cell	Biology		&	2                                                 Monitoring	Environmental	Quality		
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology                      Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology	
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology                               Understanding	Proteins	&	Enzymes		
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology                                 Science	and	the	Media
Introductory	Microbiology                                          Vertebrate	Zoology		
Introductory	Biochemistry
Introductory	Chemistry	(If	you	have	A	level	Chemistry,	then	you	
   do	not	take	this	module)
Introducing	Genetics                                               Year 3
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology
                                                                   Core modules 	
Optional modules                                                   Honours	Special	Study	in	Human	Disease	and	Public	Health	
Chemical	Basis	of	Biological	Processes                             or	Genetics	in	Society	
Ecology                                                            Zoology	&	Microbiology	Research	Project	
Human	Biology	&	Health
Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management                         together with a selection from the following
Plant	Biology	                                                     Gene	Expression	&	Developmental	Genetics			
                                                                   Microbial	Physiology,	Biochemistry	&	Biotechnology		
                                                                   Molecular	Pharmacology	&	Toxicology	
                                                                   Parasitology

                                                                   Optional modules
                                                                   Cell	Signalling	&	Recognition	
                                                                   Functional	Genomics
                                                                   Molecular	Genetics	of	Microbes	
                                                                   	



                                                                                          For	details	of	module	content	
                                                                                          see:
                                                                                          www.aber.ac.uk/modules




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     Environmental Science F900
     Facilities & Associated Bodies


     Environmental	Science	at	Aberystwyth	is	concerned	with	the	         In	Part	2	(Years	2	&	3)	of	this	
     description	and	analysis	of	the	impact	of	human	activity	on	        degree	scheme,	students	follow	
     the	environment,	and	how	ecosystems	respond	to	this	impact.	        core	modules	that	develop	
     The breadth and flexibility of the discipline incorporates          further their firm grounding in
     perspectives	from	the	sciences,	the	social	sciences	and	the	        this	discipline;	they	are	also	
     humanities,	all	of	which	provide	the	opportunity	to	gain	skills	    able	to	develop	particular	
     and	experience	in	practical	as	well	as	theoretical	aspects	of	      specialist	interests	that	may	
     these fields.                                                       lead	to	their	chosen	careers	
                                                                         through	their	choice	of	optional	modules.	Students	may	
     The	degree	scheme	is	offered	jointly	by	the	Institute	of	
                                                                         concentrate	more	on	biological	aspects	of	Environmental	
     Biological	Sciences	and	the	Institute	of	Geography	and	Earth	
                                                                         Science	or	more	on	the	physical	geography	aspects.	
     Sciences.	Specialists	from	both	Institutes	contribute	to	this	
                                                                         Alternatively,	they	can	follow	a	mixture	of	modules.	The	
     degree	scheme	in	aspects	of	environmental	chemistry	and	
                                                                         degree	scheme	further	provides	many	opportunities	for	
     pollution,	biology,	physical	geography,	and	in	the	techniques	of	
                                                                         students	to	develop	their	own	interests	through	their	research	
     quantitative,	statistical	and	computer-based	analysis.	
                                                                         project	in	the	third	year.	All	students	are	required	to	take	part	
                                                                         in at least two field courses, one at the end of their first year in
     Environmental Science students study a first year course            mid Wales and a further field course (e.g. in Holland or Jersey)
     with	several	compulsory	core	modules	that	provide	the	broad	        in	the	September	preceding	their	third	year.	
     base	of	skills	and	knowledge	needed	to	be	a	good	practitioner	
     of	the	subject.	It	also	ensures	that	students	have	the	
                                                                         Environmental	Science	graduates	from	Aberystwyth	can	
     ‘prerequisites’	needed	to	be	able	to	select	the	widest	possible	
                                                                         be	found	working	in	a	diverse	range	of	employment.	Whilst	
     range	of	more	advanced	modules	in	later	years.	
                                                                         some	graduates	choose	to	follow	careers	in	environmental	
                                                                         management	and	directly	employ	their	environmental	
                                                                         knowledge	and	skills,	others	move	into	careers	in	
                                                                         accountancy,	banking,	retailing,	transport,	teaching,	local	
                                                                         government and management. A significant proportion
                                                                         continue	in	higher	education,	either	undertaking	full-time	
                                                                         research	for	PhDs	or	Masters	degrees,	or	for	vocational	and	
                                                                         professional qualifications. 	



                                                                         Admission Requirements
                                                                         Qualifications required for entry to Environmental Science
                                                                         (F900)	can	be	found	on	page	4.	For	students	who	lack	these	
                                                                         qualifications, Life Sciences (C990) is a 4-year programme
                                                                         which	includes	a	Foundation	Year	and	enables	students	to	
                                                                         progress	to	an	Honours	degree	in	Environmental	Science.	




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 Facilities & Associated Bodies


Year 1                                                  	
Core modules
The	Atmosphere	and	Water	Cycle	
Earth	Surface	Environments	
Ecology	
Environmental	Science	Tutorial	
Global	Ecology	and	Soil	Systems		
Global	Environmental	Issues	
Information	Technology	&	Quantitative	Biology		         Year 3
Introductory	Chemistry		                                Core modules 	
Introductory	Microbiology		                             Chemical	Aspects	of	Pollution	
Plant	Biology		                                         Conservation
 	                                                      Environmental	Law	and	Assessment		
Optional modules                                        Environmental	Science	Dissertation		
Contemporary	Issues	in	Science	(Welsh	medium	module)	   Environmental	Science	Fieldwork
Introduction	to	Invertebrate	Zoology	
Introduction	to	Soils	and	their	Management	             Optional modules
Introduction	to	Vertebrate	Zoology	                     Dryland	Geomorphology
Past,	Present	and	Future	Environmental	Change		         Dynamic	Biogeography	
Planet	Earth		                                          Environmental	Geochemistry	
Principles	of	Animal	Physiology		                       Environmental	Remote	Sensing:	Principles	and	Applications	
                                                        Fish	Biology,	Fisheries	and	Aquaculture
                                                        Geochemical	Records	of	Quaternary	Environmental	Change		
                                                        Geographical	Information	Systems	
Year 2                                                  Glacier	Dynamics	and	Sedimentation	
Core modules                                            Global	Water	Resources	
Economics	of	the	Environment		                          Honours	Special	Study	
Environmental	Science	Tutorial		                        Honours	Special	Study	2	
Environmental	Science	Fieldwork		                       Marine	Biology	Field	Course
Monitoring	Environmental	Quality		                      Modelling	in	Fluvial	Geomorphology	
Quantitative	Biology	&	Information	Technology		         People,	Climate	and	Environment:	A	Palaeoenvironmental	
                                                        					Perspective
Optional modules                                        Plant	Ecology	Field	Course	(Spain)	
Aquatic	and	Terrestrial	Microbial	Ecology	              Quaternary	Dating	Methods	
Coastal	Environments	                                   River	Systems	and	Global	Environmental	Change	
Earth	Materials	:	Introduction	to	Geochemistry	        Soil,	Geochemistry	and	Environment
Earth	Resources	                                        Techniques	and	Ecology	of	Land	Rehabilitation		
Ecological	Surveying	and	Plant	Communities              Terrestrial	Ecology	Field	Course	(Ireland)		
Environmental	Management	                               Water	Quality	and	Health		
Fluvial	Geomorphology	                                  Volcanic	Activity:	Hazards	and	Environmental	Change		
Freshwater	Biology	                                     Water	Management:	Regulation	and	Organisation	
Glacial	Processes	and	Landforms
Global	Water	Resources	
Hydrochemistry
Invertebrate	Zoology		
Marine	Biology	                                                               For	details	of	module	content	
Physical	Analysis	of	Materials		                                              see:
Polar	Environments		                                                          www.aber.ac.uk/modules
Reading	the	Ice	Age	Record		
Science	and	the	Media	
Vertebrate	Zoology	
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     Facilities & Associated Bodies
     Life Sciences C990



                      This	honours	degree	scheme	is	offered	in	response	to	the	
                      need	to	widen	the	access	to	education	in	the	Biological	
                      Sciences.	It	is	designed	to	provide	a	route	to	higher	
                      education	for	students	who:	

                      •     are qualified to enter higher education but lack specific
                            qualifications in science
                      OR	
                      •	    have	a	non-traditional	background	for	entry	into	higher	
                            education	
                      OR	
                      •	    have	not	yet	achieved	their	full	academic	potential.	

                      As	a	result,	students	on	the	course	come	from	a	wide	range	
                      of	backgrounds.	Participants	include	those	who	are	8	or	9	
                      years	of	age,	mature	students	with	a	wide	range	of	previous	
                      experience	and	overseas	students.	The	course	may	recruit	
                      students	who	have	under-achieved	in	A-level	studies	that	
                      include	Biology	but	only	where	there	is	reason	to	expect	
                      improved	performance.	

                      Students	on	the	Life	Sciences	degree	scheme	start	with	a	
                      Foundation	Year	that	is	taught	by	staff	within	the	Institute	of	
                      Biological	Sciences	on	the	main	Penglais	campus.	

                      It	consists	of	a	fully	integrated	programme	of	lectures,	
                      practicals,	seminars	and	tutorials	in	biology,	chemistry,	
                      microbiology,	cell	biology,	biochemistry,	environmental	
                      biology,	maths,	computing,	laboratory	techniques	and	study	
                      skills.	This	combination	provides	students	with	a	wide	range	
                      of	knowledge	and	fundamental	skills	in	Biology	and	related	
                      science.	Classes	usually	consist	of	about	20	students,	so	
                      there	is	ample	opportunity	for	individual	attention	from	staff.	

                      On	successful	completion	of	the	Foundation	Year,	students	
                      register	for	any	one	of	the	three	year	degree	schemes	offered	
                      by	the	Institute	of	Biological	Sciences	that	are	described	in	
                      detail	in	the	rest	of	this	booklet.	They	are	also	able	to	follow	
                      approved	degree	programmes	in	other	departments.	

                      Experience	shows	that	students	who	start	with	the	Foundation	
                      Year	can	achieve	the	highest	level	of	attainment	in	the	chosen	
                      degree	scheme.	Many	have	graduated	with	First	Class	




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Honours and have gone on to develop careers in scientific
research.

For	details	of	the	structure	and	module	content	of	the	three	
year	degree	schemes	onto	which	Life	Science	students	can	
transfer	see:	www.aber.ac.uk/biology/crrntug/dgschma.shtml




                                                                47
     Research at IBS & other information


 All	of	our	academic	staff	are	engaged	in	high	quality	research	ranging	from	the	study	of	animal	
 behaviour	to	pure	and	applied	molecular	biosciences	(go	to	www.aber.ac.uk/biology/research/
 intro.html		to	find	out	more	about	our	research	activities).	All	our	academic	staff	also	contribute	
 directly	to	teaching.	This	means	that	you	get	access	to	the	latest	research	and	developments	in	
 the	biological	sciences,	and	that	we	can	provide	you	with	experience	and	knowledge	from	the	
 cutting	edge.

 Of	course,	studying	at	Aberystwyth	is	not	just	about	the	degree	scheme	you	choose.	Aberystwyth	
 is	a	great	place	to	study	and	live.	Whichever	area	of	biology	you	prefer,	we	hope	that	you	will	
 find	the	links	below	useful	for	finding	out	more	about	life	in	Aberystwyth	and	being	a	Biologist.




 Useful links

 Student Union:                                  Animal Behaviour:                               Marine & Freshwater Biology:
 www.aberguild.co.uk/welcome                     asab.nottingham.ac.uk                           www.mcsuk.org
                                                                                                 www.seasearch.org.uk
 General Aber’ links:                            Biochemistry:                                   www.freshwaterlife.org
 www.aberystwyth-online.co.uk                    www.biochemistry.org
 www.aberystwyth.org.uk                                                                          Microbiology:
 www.aberystwyth.com                             Ecology and environment:                        www.sgm.ac.uk
 www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk                 www.britishecologicalsociety.org
 www.gigaflop.demon.co.uk/aber.htm               www.environment-agency.gov.uk                   Parasitology:
 www.castlewales.com/aberystw.html               www.ccw.gov.uk                                  www.bsp.uk.net

 UK - General Biology links:                     Entomology:                                     Plant Biology:
 www.iob.org/                                    www.royensoc.co.uk                              www.bsbi.org.uk
 www.the-ba.net/the-ba
 www.sebiology.org.uk/index.asp                  Genetics:                                       Zoology:
                                                 www.genetics.org.uk                             www.zsl.org


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General Enquiries               Institute of Biological Sciences
                                Edward Llwyd Building
                                The University of Wales, Aberystwyth
                                Penglais
                                Aberystwyth
                                Ceredigion SY23 3DA


                                Tel: +44 (0)1970 622316
                                Fax: +44 (0)1970 622350


Undergraduate Admissions        Admissions Office
                                Tel: +44 (0)1970 621904
                                Fax: +44 (0)1970 622350
                                email: ibs-admissions@aber.ac.uk


See also World Wide Web pages   www.aber.ac.uk/biology




                                Whilst every effort is made to ensure the
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                                may change without notice.


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