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This course provides insight into the range and depth of topics that make up modern biology, spanning disciplines such as biodiversity, evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, global climate change, molecular ecology, environmental biology and genomics; students gain a fundamental understanding of how organisms work at the molecular level, how they behave and interact with each other, how they evolve, and the role they play in the functioning of ecosystems; the flexibility of the degree allows students to keep a broad interest in all aspects of biology an important consideration for jobs as diverse as teaching or science journalism or to develop more specialist interests.
Level 1: Evolution and biodiversity; form and function of organisms; study skills in biology; either genetics or molecular biology; two unrestricted modules. Level 2: 2 practical modules; 10 from field course and a wide range of lecture course modules. Level 3: project and dissertation; 8 from field course and wide range of lecture course modules.
Forget northern grit Sheffield is in the heart of a vibrant, student-friendly city mixed with halls in leafy suburbs on the edge of the Peak District. A red brick with a thoroughly modern outlook, an award-winning Students' Union complete with 47 sports clubs and more than 250 societies - and a 24-hour library makes for The Full Monty of a student experience.
Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.
Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni.
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?
% employed or in further studyMEDIUM91%
Average graduate salaryMEDIUM£17.2k
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals
Graduates who are functional managers and directors
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals
Employment prospects for graduates of this subject
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. If you want a career in biology research – and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
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