BSc

Biology and Climate Change

BSc Biology and Climate Change Code FC71

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Key Facts

FC71
  • UCAS Tariff

    104 - 120 to include B in A-level Biology or equivalent

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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Aberystwyth University's degree in Biology and Climate Change addresses one of the key challenges of contemporary living, namely Climate Change and its impacts on life on our planet. One of the distinctive features of this innovative degree is that cohorts of students from different departments (International Politics, Business, and English and Creative Writing) will work in interdisciplinary learning communities. 

Students will come together across disciplinary boundaries to identify and communicate the challenges, responses and solutions to Climate Change, both within and beyond their own subject areas. The degree explores creative ways of responding to the challenge and opportunities of the current climate crisis, and will equip students with relevant subject specific knowledge alongside the multi-disciplinary, interpersonal skills and attributes needed to create a more just and sustainable world. 

If your trajectory involves having a positive impact on your world, this scheme will set you securely on that rewarding journey.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

95% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why should you study Biology and Climate Change at Aberystwyth University? 

On this degree, you will learn about the science underpinning climate, and how humans have changed these processes in recent times. You will explore the impacts of climate change on biodiversity at the level of species, habitats, and ecosystems, and the scope for organisms and populations to evolve in the light of this threat. By working across disciplines, you will learn the need for both scientific research and governance in tackling these important issues.

Specialist opportunities at Aberystwyth for Biology and Climate Change students include:

  • The great variety of local habitats and ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial – an ideal location to study the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, and the scope for mitigation
  • The chance to carry out field research, both locally and abroad
  • An opportunity to work with established Academic researchers who work on various aspects of the past, present and future effects of global climate change on natural ecosystems.
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to Conservation BR10110 10
The Science of Climate BR12810 10
The Biosphere BR13210 10
Evolution and the Diversity of Life BR14310 10
Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations GS10810 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Microbial Diversity * BR12110 10
Study and Communication Skills * BR12410 10
Ecology * BR13510 10
The Green Planet * BR13610 10
Foundations for Life BR10020 20
Biological Thought and Discovery BR12510 10
Comparative Animal Physiology BR14110 10
Exploring Genetics BR14410 10
Soils and their Management BR14910 10
Biochemistry and the Cellular Basis of Life BR15320 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Climate Change: Plants, Animals and Ecosystems * BR21120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Research Methods * BR25620 20
Freshwater Biology BR22020 20
Marine Biology BR22620 20
An Introduction to Landscape Ecology and Geographic Information Systems BR25520 20
Environmental Microbiology and Monitoring * BR26020 20
One Health Microbiology BR26520 20
Wildlife Management BR27220 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Global Biodiversity Conservation * BR33420 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Research Project * BR36400
Research Project * BR36440 40
Population and Community Ecology * BR33920 20
Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Conservation (Trec) Field Course BR30120 20
The Agri-Environment BR30420 20
Parasitology BR33820 20
Wildlife Conservation BR34520 20
Marine and Freshwater Field Course BR35020 20
Terrestrial Ecology Fieldcourse * BR36620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Graduates in this degree will be well-placed to pursue a career in climate change management, adaptation and mitigation, both in the UK and abroad. Additionally, they will be suited to careers in related areas, such as environmental education and consultancy or conservation. Many are likely to undertake further postgraduate study, either at Masters or Doctoral level.

Learning & Teaching

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

What will I learn?

In your first year you will explore a wide range of topics from the Science of Climate, the biosphere, the green planet, evolution and diversity of life. These are all designed to give you a firm footing in your second and third years and allow you to try out topics you might never have considered before.

There is a wide range of modules on offer in years two and three.  In these years you will have the opportunity to focus and delve deeper into the themes of climate change through studying these innovative modules which include: the governance of climate change, plants, animals and ecosystems, global biodiversity and a comprehensive research project. 

In your final year you will also undertake your dissertation. Because of the range of research done in IBERS you will be able to find a project which really engages you and builds your scientific skills. The projects may be lab or field-based or data analysis studies, but all help you develop advanced analytical skills. You might be studying parasites, plant breeding, bird behaviour, or cancer to name but a few.

How will I be taught?

It’s not all lectures and exams here at Aberystwyth. We place great emphasis on field and practical to let you get your hands dirty and build the practical and analytical skills. We have a very well developed E-learning environment which captures every lecture for you to revisit at your leisure and hosts a wide-range of contents in all formats. We have an excellent Student Support team at Aberystwyth who can help arrange for additional teaching resources and alternatives for those students who need it. Our aim is to make everything we do fully accessible to everyone and our teaching and support staff are dedicated to this end.

There are, of course, exams, but every module has more than one form of assessment. In most modules coursework makes up a significant proportion of the marks (typically up to 50% although there are modules assessed entirely by coursework). Coursework assessments range from practical or field reports through to writing journal-style articles and making podcasts. Our assessments are not just designed to test your knowledge and understanding, they also build real-world skills such as team work, presentation and report writing skills that are needed in any graduate-level job. When we teach and examine, we are aiming to create the scientists of the future and first class potential employees at the same time.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 to include B in A-level Biology or equivalent

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology/Human Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM in Applied Science. Alternative biology based Level 3 courses may be considered.

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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