How We Teach

You will be taught in a number of different ways such as lectures, practicals and tutorials.

In our Biological Sciences degree programmes we teach you to be able to solve problems and think independently to become a part of the next generation of scientists.

The main ways we teach are through lectures, tutorials, practicals and workshops, and you'll usually have a mixture of these class types each week for each of your courses. Usually you will take 3 courses in each Semester, so 6 in total over the year. In the early years you can take courses from other Schools that may be taught in different ways. Each course has an online page on our virtual learning platform, Learn, where information about the courses and resources are shared.

Your Timetable

Depending on the courses you choose, your weekly timetable in Years 1 and 2 could involve around:

  • Nine hours of lectures
  • Eight hours of practicals or workshops
  • Two hours of tutorials

The timetable can vary from week to week, often practical classes are every other week. Classes are designed to complement each other, usually what's being taught in lectures will be reflected in the tutorial and practical work giving a chance to apply knowledge to real scenarios. As well as time spent in classes, you will need to spend some time outside of class consolidating what you've learnt, preparing for practicals or tutorials, or completing coursework. This could be around 15-20 hours of self study each week.

In later years, you will undertake more personal study and research. You are linked with a research group and complete an in-depth project as an important part of your final-year assessment.