Flexible degrees

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We know that choosing the right degree can be daunting, whether it’s learning about the difference between degree courses, the associated career opportunities or the extent to which you might specialise during your degree.

Broad-based degrees

If you are undecided about a specific course to study then our broad-based degree courses are designed to provide you with a broad foundation as a scientist.

During your first year, you will have many shared modules with other degree courses in your School to establish a solid scientific foundation for your learning. In the second and final years, you can either retain this broad approach or specialise.

For example, you might choose Medical Sciences and then transfer to Neuroscience. Or you might decide to stick with a more generalist field. Alternatively, you may wish to study in a specialist area from the outset.

We offer an array of degree courses ranging from broad-based degrees in Medical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Biology to specialist degrees such as Sport and Exercise Sciences, Neuroscience, Biochemistry or Genetics.

All our courses are designed to provide choice and flexibility to transfer between degree courses after your first year of study.

Wide range of optional modules

You are offered a wide range of optional modules that allow you to tailor your degree to your interests. After your broad-based first year, you will be able to select modules that align with your specific interests or choose to keep a broad selection of modules. Depending on your degree course this may also include: field course options, discovery modules, LEED Sport modules and modules in professional career and development skills

Enhanced degrees

If you are undecided about whether our Integrated Master MBiol programme, a study abroad year or industrial placement year, you do not have to choose before you apply. Until then end of the first year of your degree, you can choose to swap on to our MBiol programme, and you can choose to take a study abroad year or industrial placement until the second year. 

Research Projects 

For your final year research project, you may have the flexibility to choose between a literature-based or practical lab-based project depending on your specific degree course and personal interests. This allows you to tailor your final year project to a style and technique of learning that is best suited to you and your future career goals. (This will need to be discussed with your programme leader.)