Lecture attendance is not mandatory, but you should make an effort to attend. However, tutorial and lab attendance is required.
Yes, but it depends on your course/the duration of your course how much they count toward your degree.
If you happen to fail an exam you will have the opportunity to re-sit it at the end of August/beginning of September, but your grade will be capped at 40%.
Each lecturer might suggest reading certain books to supplement the lecture material, but it is up to you if you choose to do so. You are at university, what you do is your own business, but keep in mind that outside reading is important for exams.
Buying books is not mandatory; you can find them at the library.
First Year: 11%
Second Year: 33%
Third Year: 55%
First Year: All the modules are obligatory, the students do not get a choice.
All modules are weighted equally β 25% of the year.
Second Year: In the Autumn Term all the students take two obligatory courses: Applied Molecular Biology and Genetics. In the Spring and Summer terms the students are given a choice. In total, you need to choose one module from each section of three:
- Bacterial Physiology, Resource Management, Cell and Developmental Biology
- Virology and Behavioural Ecology
- Immunology, Ecology and Parasitology
In addition to that, the students have a Tutored Dissertation that is run through the Autumn and Spring terms and a compulsory Horizons course.
The modules are NOT weighted equally:
AMB β 17%
Genetics β 17%
Horizons β 10%
TD and all Spring/Summer modules β 14% each
Third Year: No modules are compulsory. Overall, there are 3 modules the students have to take during the Autumn and first half of the Spring term.
October-November: Damage and Repair in Biological Systems; Macromolecules in 3D; Stem cells, Regeneration and Aging; Medical Microbiology; Neuroscience Research; Plant Biotechnology and Research; Tropical Biology Field Course; Population and Community Ecology.
November-December: Cancer; Mechanisms of Gene Expression; Integrative Systems Biology; Metabolic and Network Engineering; Advanced Topics in Parasitology and Vector Biology; Symbiosis, Plant Immunity and Disease; Advanced Topics in Infection and Immunity; Biodiversity and Conservation Biology; Evolutionary Biology.
January-February: Medical Glycobiology; Biotech Application of Proteins; Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection; Bioinformatics; Synthetic Biology; Systems Neuroscience; Biodiversity Genomics; Epidemiology; Global Change Biology.
According to what course you are on, additional conditions apply on taking some of the modules (for Microbiology, Zoology and Ecology students). On some courses a priority is given to Biochemistry students. Additionally, the students are not able to take both Neuroscience modules or Medical Microbiology and Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection due to the overlaps in the syllabi.
The second half of the Spring term and the whole of the Summer term are dedicated to a lab- or literature-based project. For the students taking a literature-based project, the course in Science Communication is compulsory.
For all the years each exam lasts 3 hours.
All exams consist of three parts: 40 multiple choice questions with up to 3 possible correct answers and NEGATIVE MARKING; one data interpretation question and one essay out of the choice of five.
AMB - multiple-choice questions and 2 essays, for each essay a choice of 2 is given.
Genetics β Multiple-choice questions and 2 essays, for each essay a choice of 3 is given.
CDB, Virology, Behavioural Ecology β 4 essays.
Immunology β Multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and one essay.
Resource Management β 3 short answer questions and 2 essays.
Bacterial Physiology β 2 short answer questions and 2 essays.
Ecology β 3 essays.
Parasitology β Multiple-choice questions and 2 essays.
Two exams are taken in January right after the Christmas break. The third module is taught in January-February, at the end of this course the student sit their third and final exam for the year.
Third year project: can be lab, literature, data or field based.
Practical project involves a report (6000 words), a poster and a viva examination. Starts in the end of the Spring term.
Online and printed poster: 15%
Examiner 1 assessment of the written report: 25%
Examiner 2 assessment of the written report: 25%
Powerpoint presentation & viva assessment: 20%
Supervisor (written report & lab performance): 15%
Literature project involves a module in Science Communication (end of the Spring term),
a report (8000 words) and a viva examination.
Examiner 1 assessment of the written report: 30%
Examiner 2 assessment of the written report: 30%
Powerpoint presentation & viva assessment: 25%
Supervisor assessment of the written report: 15%