Teaching methods are varied and include traditional lectures, workshops, flipped classes, tutorials, seminars, field trips, demonstrations and 1:1 project supervision. We are immensely proud of our exciting practical classes that are supervised by academics and experienced research students.
Normally there will be two assessments for each module: an exam and an item of coursework
Where exams are used, the weighting of the exam will normally be between 50% and 70% of the module mark, although some modules are 100% assessed by coursework. The exam-based assessments include single best answer, short answer, open-book, unseen essay, seen essay and data analysis.
Year 1 coursework assessments include essays, practical reports, data analysis workshops, oral presentations, online assessments and group-work.
Year 2 coursework includes all of the above and in addition, short-answer style questions, group-based reports, posters, bioinformatics analyses, problem solving, popular writing tasks, field reports, video production and computer modelling assignments.
Year 3 coursework also includes a research project report, experimental design reports, portfolios, database searching, debates, scientific literature critiques, data-handling problems, journal club presentations, laboratory notebooks and reflective writing.