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    Contents                                                                                      of the global
    Welcome                     4                                                                Universitas
    Our courses	                 5
                                                                                                  21 network
    Life in Malaysia            14
    World-class research        16
    How will I study?           18
    Careers and employability   20                                                               Gain
    How do I apply?             22                                                               substantial
    Experience it               23
                                                                                                  from your
                                                                                                  first year

                                      Flexibility                                                                              Contribute
                                      to swap from                                                                             to real research
                                      the BSc to                                                                               during your
                                      MSci routes*                                                                             final-year project
                                      *Students can swap from BSc to MSci until the third year,
                                      provided they meet the academic attainment required.

    Pursue a                                                                                      Tailor                Join a global
    variety of                                                                                    your                  community
    career paths                                                                                  studies               of over 45,500 students,
    after studying at a
    university that is highly                                                                     with our wide         from more than 150 countries
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Welcome                                                                                              Our courses

    Where could                                                                                         Our courses
    life sciences take you?                                                                             Degree title                                     UCAS code Duration             A levels       IB
                                                                                                        Single honours
                                                                                                        BSc Biology                                      C100           3 years         AAB            34
                                                                                                        MSci Biology                                     C101           4 years         AAB            34
    Welcome to the School of Life                     Our academics are experts in different areas
                                                                                                        BSc Genetics                                     C400           3 years         AAB            34
                                                      of the life sciences and bring their research
    Sciences. We invite inquisitive                   expertise to their teaching. In the latest
                                                                                                        MSci Genetics                                    C401           4 years         AAB            34
    minds to join us and discover the                 Research Excellence Framework (2014) results,
                                                      95% of the school’s research was deemed           BSc Tropical Biology                             C190           3 years         AAB            34
    science behind life.                              to be of international quality.
                                                                                                        BSc Zoology                                      C300           3 years         AAB            34
    Students at Nottingham are encouraged to          We hope that you find the information about our   MSci Zoology                                     C301           4 years         AAB            34
    investigate problems and find solutions to        courses helpful, and look forward to welcoming
    real-life issues affecting people, animals and    you in the future as you join our school.
    the environment.                                                                                    BSc or MSci?                                            English language requirements
                                                      Professor James McInerney                         While the BSc degree lasts for three years, the         IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).
    The School of Life Sciences is home to our        Head of School                                    MSci degree is a four-year course designed to           For details of other English language tests and
    biology, genetics, tropical biology and zoology
                                                                                                        provide appropriate training for a future career        qualifications we accept, please see
    courses. Our school is a combination of
                                                                                                        in scientific research, either in industry or in an
    biologists and biomedical scientists, and we
                                                                                                        academic environment.
    believe in both excellence in education and                                                                                                                 Academic English preparation
    research-led teaching.                                                                              Foundation courses                                      If you require additional support to take your
                                                                                                        Applicants who are not eligible for direct              language skills to the required level, you may
                                                                                                        entry to undergraduate study may be able to             be able to attend a presessional course at the
                                                                                                        apply for a foundation course. Find out more            Centre for English Language Education, which is
                                                                                                        at                   accredited by the British Council for the teaching
                                                                                                                                                                of English in the UK.
                                                                                                                                                                Students who successfully complete the
                                                                                                                                                                presessional course to the required level can
                                                                                                                                                                progress onto their chosen degree course
                                                                                                                                                                without retaking IELTS or equivalent. Find
                                                                                                                                                                out more at

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    BSc | MSci Biology                                                                                          Typical modules

                                                                                                                Year one                        Year two                       Year three
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Year four
                                                                                                                                                                                                               (MSci only)

    Providing a comprehensive,                            Another element is the evolutionary origins           Core                            Core                           Core                            Core
                                                          and ecological consequences of biodiversity,           	Core Skills in                	Higher Skills in the          Research Project               	Research
    modern treatment of microbial,                        something you might explore in the wild on one           Biology                         Biological Sciences           Science and Society              Presentation Skills
    plant and animal (including                           of our field courses.                                  	Genes, Molecules              	The Genome and                                                 Research Project
    human) biology, these degrees                         Transferable skills include researching primary          and Cells                       Human Disease
                                                                                                                                                                          	Advanced                          Optional
                                                                                                                   Life on Earth
    emphasise many of the                                 scientific literature and writing according to the                                    Optional                     Developmental                      	Advanced
                                                          rules of scientific convention. This is put into
    specialisms strengthening the                         practice with you writing an extended essay
                                                                                                                Optional                         	Animal Behaviour
                                                                                                                                                   and Physiology
                                                                                                                                                                             Biology                              Experimental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Design and Analysis
                                                                                                                 	Evolution, Ecology                                     	Ageing, Sex and
    impact that biology has on                            on a topic of your choosing.
                                                                                                                   and Behaviour                 	Bacterial Genes and       DNA Repair                         	Cutting-Edge
    society today.                                        Year three                                             	Fundamentals of                 Development            	Biological                            Research
                                                                                                                   Neuroscience                  	Behavioural Ecology       Challenges                           Technologies and
                                                          The main theme of the third year is diversity,
    Year one                                              and, in addition to a core module in science             Human Physiology                Field Course              in the Tropics                       Ideas in Molecular
                                                                                                                                                 	Biodiversity Field     	Biological                            Biology
    In the first year, you will find out more about the   and society, you will be able to choose from a
    biology of animals, plants and microbes, as well                                                                                               Course                    Photography                        	Process and
                                                          wide range of advanced modules to enhance
    as the biochemical, evolutionary and genetic                                                                                                 	Biological                and Imaging 2                        Practice in Science
                                                          your learning.
    processes that underlie their biology.                                                                                                         Photography and           Cancer Biology
                                                          Your learning in previous years culminates                                               Imaging 1                 Conservation
    You have the opportunity to learn about the           in a major practical research project, which                                           	Building Brains        	Conservation
    workings of the human body, the ways that living      allows you to carry out your own biological
    processes in all organisms are regulated by the                                                                                              	Developmental             Genetics
                                                          investigation in an area that interests you,
    genome, and the role that animals and plants                                                                                                   Biology                	Evolution and
                                                          either in the laboratory or the field.
    play in their environment.                                                                                                                   	Ecology                   Behaviour

    The experimental approach forms a key
                                                          Year four (MSci only)                                                                  	Evolutionary Biology   	Evolutionary
                                                          The emphasis of the fourth year is on a year-long                                        of Animals                Ecology
    component of the year, with modules teaching
                                                          masters-level research project. You will work                                          	From Genotype to          Gene Regulation
    practical skills and the principles of experimental
                                                          alongside expert researchers in a field you find                                         Phenotype and Back        Human Variation
    design and analysis.
                                                          interesting, with access to enhanced research                                          	Infection and          	Molecular
    Year two                                              facilities. The fourth year is a great introduction                                      Immunity                  and Cellular
                                                          to what postgraduate study is like.                                                    	Microbial                 Neuroscience
    A major theme of the second year is health and
    disease in humans, animals and plants. You will                                                                                                Biotechnology          	Molecular
                                                          Several advanced optional modules are also
    learn about the genetic and developmental             available. These complement your research                                                Molecular Imaging         Parasitology
    basis of disease, the fundamental biology of          study and expose you to new ideas that will                                            	Neurobiology of        	Molecular Plant
    pathogens and parasites, and what happens             improve your understanding of science.                                                   Disease                   Pathology
    when the nervous system doesn’t work properly.                                                                                                 Neurons and Glia       	Parasite
                                                                                                                                                 	Pharmacological           Immunology
                                                                                                                                                   Basis of Therapeutics 	Pathogens
                                                                                                                                                 	Signalling and         	Plant Disease
                                                                                                                                                   Metabolic Regulation      Control
                                                                                                                                                 	Structure, Function    	Plant-Microbial
                                                                                                                                                   and Analysis of Genes     Interactions
                                                                                                                                                   The Green Planet

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                                                                                                                not a definitive list. The most up to date information can be found on our website at
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    BSc | MSci Genetics
    Genetics studies the way cellular                     An extended essay will consolidate your
                                                                                                                Typical modules
                                                          learning so far, introducing transferable skills in
    and developmental processes                           researching scientific literature and writing to                                                                                                     Year four
                                                                                                                Year one                        Year two                       Year three
    are programmed by genetic                             the rules of scientific convention.                                                                                                                  (MSci only)
    information, coded as DNA.                            Year three                                            Core                            Core                     Core                                  Core
    With the advent of the complete                       The main component of the third year is a              	Core Skills in                	Bacterial Genes and    	Ageing, Sex and                     	Research
                                                                                                                   Genetics                        Development                DNA Repair                          Presentation Skills
    sequencing of a number of                             research project. This is your chance to carry
                                                                                                                 	Genes, Molecules              	Evolutionary Biology 	Conservation                          	Research Project
                                                          out your own practical investigation in an area
    whole genomes – most notably                          of genetics that interests you.                          and Cells                       of Animals                 Genetics
    the human genome – the science                        Additionally, you will advance your learning
                                                                                                                   Life on Earth                Optional                      Gene Regulation
    of genetics is expanding rapidly.                     by studying the genetics of ageing and how            Optional
                                                                                                                                                 	Animal Behaviour           General Genetics
                                                                                                                                                   and Physiology             Population Genetics
                                                          DNA can be repaired, how gene expression               	Evolution, Ecology                                                                             Design and Analysis
    Year one                                              is regulated and the influence genetics has              and Behaviour
                                                                                                                                                   Photography and
                                                                                                                                                                              Research Project                  	Cutting-Edge
    Your first year will be a broad introduction to       on populations.                                        	Fundamentals of                                       Optional                                 Research
                                                                                                                                                   Imaging 1
    biology and genetics. You will learn about the                                                                 Neuroscience                                                                                   Technologies and
    biology of animals, plants and microbes, as well      Year four (MSci only)                                    Human Physiology
                                                                                                                                                   Building Brains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ideas in Molecular
    as the biochemical, evolutionary and genetic          You will take a set of modules which will expose                                       	Developmental                                                  Biology
                                                                                                                                                   Biology                    Biology
    processes that underlie their biology.                you to the latest developments in genetics and                                                                                                        	Process and
                                                                                                                                                   Ecology                	Advanced     Human
                                                          equip you with the tools to plan and carry out                                                                                                          Practice in Science
    You will explore the fundamental building                                                                                                                                 Genetics
                                                          research and present your findings effectively.                                        	From Genotype to
    blocks of life: genes, molecules and cells, as well                                                                                            Phenotype and Back         Cancer Genetics
    as how the genome regulates living processes          You will undertake a year-long masters-level                                                                        Human Variation
                                                          research project, working alongside expert                                             	Infection and
    in all organisms.                                                                                                                                                         Molecular Evolution
                                                          researchers in a field you find interesting.                                             Immunity
    The experimental approach forms a key                                                                                                        	Microbial              	Molecular
    component of the year, with modules teaching          Several advanced optional modules are also                                               Biotechnology              Parasitology
    practical skills and the principles of experimental   available. These complement your research                                              	Neurobiology of            Pathogens
    design and analysis.                                  study and expose you to new ideas that will                                              Disease                    Science and Society
                                                          improve your understanding of science.
                                                                                                                                                 	Neurons and Glia
    Year two                                                                                                                                     	Pharmacological
    In this year, you’ll be able to focus on your                                                                                                  Basis of Therapeutics
    favourite areas of genetics, with a wide range of
                                                                                                                                                 	Signalling and
    options to choose from.
                                                                                                                                                   Metabolic Regulation
    You will learn about the genetic and                                                                                                         	Structure, Function
    developmental basis of disease, the fundamental                                                                                                and Analysis of Genes
    biology of pathogens and parasites, and what                                                                                                   The Green Planet
    happens when the nervous system does not
    work properly. You will also cover the
                                                                                                                Modules may change, for example due to curriculum developments. The above list is a sample of typical modules that we offer,
    evolutionary origins and ecological                                                                         not a definitive list. The most up to date information can be found on our website at
    consequences of biodiversity.

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     BSc Tropical Biology
     This exciting course will provide                                  The Tropical Ecology Field Course is a week
                                                                                                                                        Typical modules
                                                                        spent in the Malaysian rainforest. In small groups
     you with a comprehensive                                           you’ll work on research projects and activities                 Year one                                  Year two                                  Year three
     understanding of pure and                                          to gain an appreciation of the ecological
                                                                                                                                        Core                               Core                                             Core
                                                                        factors that are unique to the tropical
     applied tropical biology within                                    rainforest environment.                                            Core Skills in Tropical Biology  	Natural Resources                              	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Biological Challenges
     a global context. You will spend                                                                                                    	Evolution, Ecology and              of Malaysia                                    in the Tropics
                                                                        The Tropical Environmental Science Field                           Behaviour                        	Professional Skills                             Research Project
     your second year studying at                                       Course is a one-week residential course based                                                          for Bioscientists
                                                                                                                                           Genes, Molecules and Cells                                                         Science and Society
     our Malaysia Campus, offering                                      on Tioman Island. You will be introduced to the
                                                                                                                                           Life on Earth                    	Research and Professional
                                                                        diversity of life found in tropical environments,                                                                                                   Optional
     a unique opportunity to study                                      from coral reefs to rainforests. The relationship               Optional
                                                                                                                                                                               Skills for Environmental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             	Biological Photography
     at a UK university in a                                            between diversity and the physical environment                   	Fundamentals of                 Optional                                            and Imaging 1
     tropical country.                                                  will be explored, especially in the context of
                                                                        variations such as climate change and
                                                                                                                                           Neuroscience                     	Earth Observations                              Conservation
                                                                                                                                           Human Physiology                    Environmental Modelling                         Conservation Genetics
                                                                        ocean acidification.
     Year one                                                                                                                                                               	Environmental Policy and                         Evolution and Behaviour
     You will begin with a broad introduction to                        Please note that there is an additional cost                                                                                                           Evolutionary Ecology
     modern life sciences. From micro-organisms                         for the field courses.                                                                                                                               	Molecular and Cellular
                                                                                                                                                                            	Global Environmental
     to humans, you’ll explore the diversity of life                                                                                                                                                                           Neuroscience
     on Earth.                                                          Year three                                                                                             Processes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             	Molecular Parasitology
                                                                        The final year is taught back at Nottingham                                                            Hydrogeochemistry
     A tutorial and skills module will focus on the                                                                                                                         	Introduction to Geographic                       Parasite Immunology
                                                                        where you will undertake a year-long research
     use of learning resources, essay writing and oral                  project. This provides an opportunity to                                                               Information Systems                             Pathogens
     presentations, providing degree-specific context                   consolidate your learning and showcase your                                                            Patterns of Life                                Population Genetics
     for the tropical biology programme and key                         knowledge on a topic that you find interesting.                                                     	Physiology and
     transferable skills.                                                                                                                                                      Pharmacology
                                                                        In addition, you will have specialist optional
                                                                                                                                                                            	Principles and Analysis
     Year two                                                           modules to choose from.
                                                                                                                                                                               of Gene Function
     The second year is taught at our Malaysia
                                                                                                                                                                            	Proteins: Structure and
     Campus*. As well as conventional study
     modules, you will have the opportunity to
     participate in field courses designed to give                                                                                                                             Site Investigation
     you hands-on experience of tropical biology.                                                                                                                              Soil Science
                                                                                                                                                                               Tourism and the Environment
                                                                                                                                                                               Tropical Ecology
                                                                                                                                                                            	Tropical Environmental
                                                                                                                                                                               Science Field Course
                                                                                                                                                                               Wildlife Behaviour

     * The year in Malaysia is subject to obtaining a student visa. If you are unsuccessful in securing a visa you will be guaranteed   Modules may change, for example due to curriculum developments. The above list is a sample of typical modules that we offer,
     a place on either the biology or the zoology course.                                                                               not a definitive list. The most up to date information can be found on our website at

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     BSc | MSci Zoology                                                                                       Typical modules

                                                                                                              Year one                      Year two                               Year three
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Year four
                                                                                                                                                                                                               (MSci only)

     Zoology studies the biology       The second year has a high degree of choice,                           Core                          Core                                   Core                        Core
                                       and there is a portfolio of optional modules for                        	Core Skills in              	Higher Skills in the                   Research Project          	Research
     of animals. Our courses are       you to choose from. Here, you can discover more                           Zoology                       Biological Sciences                  	Science and                 Presentation Skills
     enriched by cutting-edge          about a topic you already have an interest in or                        	Evolution, Ecology
                                                                                                                                                                                      Society                     Research Project
                                       investigate something new.
     research across a range of                                                                                  and Behaviour
                                                                                                                                             	Animal Behaviour and                Optional                    Optional
                                                                                                               	Genes, Molecules
     disciplines, providing you with a Year three                                                                and Cells
                                                                                                                                               Physiology                           	Biological                	Advanced
     wide understanding of zoology.    The third year is about consolidating your                              	Life on Earth
                                                                                                                                             	Bacterial Genes and
                                                                                                                                                                                      in the Tropics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Design and
                                       knowledge and showcasing your skills through
     You can cover topics from animal a year-long research project. You will be                               Optional                       	Behavioural Ecology                  	Biological                  Analysis
     behaviour to parasitology and     supervised by a research-active academic and                            	Fundamentals of               Field Course                           Photography               	Cutting-Edge
                                                                                                                                                                                      and Imaging 2               Research
     conservation to genetics.         be able to contribute to the research that a group
                                       is working on. The zoological investigation will
                                                                                                                 Neuroscience                	Biodiversity Field Course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Technologies and
                                                                                                                 Human Physiology            	Biological Photography                 Conservation
                                                           be in a topic area that interests you, either in                                    and Imaging 1                        	Conservation                Ideas in Molecular
     Year one                                              the laboratory or field.                                                                                                   Genetics                    Biology
                                                                                                                                               Building Brains
     The first year begins with an introduction to                                                                                                                                                              	Process and
                                                           In addition to a compulsory module in science                                     	Developmental Biology                	Evolution and
     the fundamental building blocks of life: genes,                                                                                                                                                              Practice in
                                                           and society, where you will learn how science                                       Ecology                                Behaviour
     molecules and cells.                                                                                                                                                                                         Science
                                                           and society influence each other, advanced                                        	Evolutionary Biology                 	Evolutionary
     You will learn core skills in zoology, which you      optional modules are available.                                                     of Animals                             Ecology
     will build on during later years. Practical work is                                                                                                                            	Molecular
                                                                                                                                             	From Genotype to
     a key component, with you practising laboratory       Year four (MSci only)                                                               Phenotype and Back                     and Cellular
     skills and experimental design and analysis.          This additional year focuses on a masters-                                                                                 Neuroscience
                                                                                                                                             	Infection and Immunity
     The biochemical, evolutionary and genetic             level research project. You will have more                                                                               	Molecular
                                                                                                                                             	Macromolecular Systems:
     processes that underlie all biology are explored,     independence and be expected to plan and                                                                                   Parasitology
                                                                                                                                               Structure and Interactions
     along with the role that animals and plants play      carry out your own investigation. Supported                                                                              	Parasite
                                                           by a research-active academic in the field you                                    	Microbial Biotechnology
     in their environment.                                                                                                                                                            Immunology
                                                           choose to study, you will also benefit from                                       	Molecular Imaging
     Year two                                              access to specialist research facilities.                                         	Neurobiology of Disease
     Through core modules, you will learn                                                                                                      Neurons and Glia                       Genetics
                                                           Several advanced optional modules are also
     transferable skills including researching primary     available. These complement your research                                         	Pharmacological Basis
     scientific literature and writing according to the    study and expose you to new ideas that will                                         of Therapeutics
     rules of scientific convention. This culminates       improve your understanding of science.                                            	Signalling and Metabolic
     in you writing an extended essay on a topic                                                                                               Regulation
     of your choosing.                                                                                                                       	Structure, Function and
                                                                                                                                               Analysis of Genes
                                                                                                                                             	Structure, Function and
                                                                                                                                               Analysis of Proteins
                                                                                                                                             	The Genome and
                                                                                                                                               Human Disease
                                                                                                                                               The Green Planet

                                                                                                              Modules may change, for example due to curriculum developments. The above list is a sample of typical modules that we offer,
                                                                                                              not a definitive list. The most up to date information can be found on our website at
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Life in Malaysia

     Discover a new country
     If you study tropical biology,     Why study in Malaysia?                           Facilities                                           Accommodation
     you will spend your second           tudy your subject in a tropical environment
                                         S                                               Occupying a scenic position overlooking green        You can apply for on-campus accommodation
                                         with opportunities for hands-on learning        hills on a 101-acre site, and designed to mirror     which currently costs between RM395-750 a
     year at the University of          	
                                         Improve your adaptability and problem-solving   the attributes of University Park in the UK, the     month (approximately £71-£135 depending
     Nottingham Malaysia Campus          skills that employers look for                  campus is a self-contained and self-sufficient       on the exchange rate).
                                                                                         neighbourhood village in a garden environment.
     (UNMC). Situated near the          	
                                         Experience a new culture and develop
                                         your language skills
     town of Semenyih, UNMC is          	
                                         Reduced tuition fees for the year abroad
                                                                                         Campus amenities include:
                                                                                                                                              Malaysia is home to Malay, Chinese and Indian
                                                                                           residential accommodation
     a 45-minute drive from the          Low cost of living                                a purpose-built sports centre and swimming pool
                                                                                                                                              ethnic groups, which makes the country a
                                                                                                                                              melting pot of beliefs, practices and festivals.
     capital Kuala Lumpur.              	
                                         Close to Cambodia, Indonesia                       a students’ association complex                   The diverse culture and natural biodiversity of
                                         and Thailand – great for travel                                                                      Malaysia makes for an interesting experience
                                                                                            library                                           for a student from any other part of the world.

                                                                                         The University provides a free shuttle bus from      In Malaysia, you can snorkel on a pristine beach
                                                                                         the campus to the nearest bus and rail stations,     one day, and explore the National Mosque on the
                                                                                         providing easy access to Kuala Lumpur and the        next. You can shake hands with an orangutan or
                                                                                         surrounding region.                                  shop your heart out at designer boutiques. The
                                                                                                                                              country is a perfect blend of East meets West and
                                                                                                                                              provides a safe and original university experience.

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World-class research

     World-class research                                                                             Example timetable
     At Nottingham, we research                    The School of Life Sciences provides the main
                                                                                                      Below is an example first-year timetable. This will give you an indication of how your
                                                   focus for biological and biomedical research at
     to bring about positive change.               the University. The research that our students
                                                                                                      time will be spent.
     Our innovative ideas and                      do can directly contribute to the impact of the                 9-10am    10-11am     11am-12pm 12-1pm   1-2pm   2-3pm       3-4pm     4-5pm
                                                   school’s research. Many students have their
     discoveries are designed to                   work published, which is a great achievement.      Monday                 Lecture                                Lecture
     work in the real world.                                                                          Tuesday                            Workshop                               Lecture

                                                                                                      Wednesday              Practical                              No teaching

      Student experiences of research                                                                 Thursday     Lecture               Lectures

                                                                                                      Friday                 Tutorial    Lectures                   Practical

                              y project involved synthesising various mutated forms for the
                             protein DEF6 to see how, if at all, this altered the protein function.
                             Through the project I have learned a lot of new skills including PCR
                             mutagenesis and fluorescent imaging. It was incredibly interesting
                             to join an active research group and it is nice to know my results
                             will continue to be used for their research in the future.
                             George Harrison-Church, BSc Biology

                              orking alongside a research group, I spent a month
                             surveying trails in known nightjar habitats in Sherwood Forest.
                             I gathered data on human disturbance, accompanied by mist
                             netting and nest monitoring to survey the nightjar population
                             during breeding season. Being able to carry out real research
                             that will hopefully contribute to the conservation of the
                             nightjar population in the future has been so fulfilling.
                             Georgina Bray, MSci Zoology

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How will I study?

     Engaging study,
     incredible results
     University study is likely to be   Teaching and learning                           Assessment                                            At Nottingham, we offer small group tutorials.
                                                                                                                                              This ensures you have enough time to build a
     very different from what you are   You will learn through a variety of methods     Assessment varies on the module being studied,
                                                                                                                                              relationship with your tutor and benefit from
                                        depending on the module. These may include:     but is typically a combination of:
     used to, but we’ll support you                                                                                                           their support. Your fellow tutees also provide
                                         	lectures                                      	exams                                              peer support.
     through the transition.             	seminars                                        essays
                                                                                                                                              Additionally, the school has a dedicated Welfare
                                           laboratory classes                              dissertations
                                                                                                                                              Officer and a Student Liaison Officer who are
                                           workshops                                       laboratory reports                                 available to help you adapt to university life and
                                           problem classes                                 presentations                                      provide advice on more complex issues.
                                           residential field courses
                                                                                        Exams happen twice a year at the end of
                                           tutorials                                    each semester.                                        Library and computing services
                                                                                                                                              You will benefit from access to an extensive
                                        You may study in the School of Life Sciences
                                        building on University Park Campus and in the   Experimental learning                                 collection of printed and online library resources.
                                                                                        All life sciences subjects contain a high degree      In addition, you will have both on and off-campus
                                        Medical School, which is embedded in the
                                                                                        of laboratory work. You will learn techniques and     access to a wide range of databases, ejournals
                                        Queen’s Medical Centre and connected
                                                                                        see the practical steps by which our knowledge        and ebooks. Life Sciences students have access
                                        to University Park by a footbridge.
                                                                                        of living organisms and how they work has been        to two specialist libraries:
                                                                                        obtained and advanced. Practical work can be           	George Green Library, which has recently
                                                                                        broadly divided into class practicals – where            undergone an £18m redevelopment, to
                                                                                        you will carry out experiments and obtain data –         provide more study space and additional
                                                                                        and project work – where you will do individual          computers
                                                                                        investigations, asking new scientific questions        	Greenfield Medical Library, which is home to
                                                                                        not previously answered.                                 health and medical texts, as well as having
                                                                                                                                                 group study rooms and silent study zones
                                                                                        Student support
                                                                                        When you start the course, you will be assigned       Key Information Sets
                                                                                        a personal tutor. Personal tutors are members of      Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable
                                                                                        academic staff in the school and they will:           sets of information about full or part-time
                                                                                         	monitor your academic progress and                 undergraduate courses and are designed to meet
                                                                                           check on your wellbeing                            the information needs of prospective students.
                                                                                         	provide exam marks and help you                    All KIS data is published on the Unistats website:
                                                                                           reflect on feedback                      
                                                                                         	act as a first point of contact for any guidance
                                                                                           on academic or personal matters
                                                                                                                                                 For Nottingham’s KIS data, please
                                                                                                                                                 see individual course entries at

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Careers and employability

     Outstanding                          92%                                                                                                Amplify your potential
                                                                                                                                             Whether you already have a plan or need some

     careers support
                                                                                                                                             inspiration, your Careers and Employability
                                          of undergraduates                                                                                  Service is here to help.
                                          from the school secured                                                                            Academic excellence and employability go
                                          work or further study                                                                              hand in hand at Nottingham. Your course, and
                                          within six months                                                                                  the diverse student experiences we offer, will
     As a graduate, you will have         of graduation.*
                                                                                                                                             enable you to develop the skills and professional
     obtained a broad range of                                                                                                               competencies required to thrive in the job
                                                                                                                                             market of the future.
     skills valued by employers in
                                                                                                                                             We will help you explore your options, so you
     sectors such as agriculture,                                                                                                            feel confident making choices about what you
     clinical genetics, conservation,                                                                                                        want to achieve. Our team will support you
     epidemiology, food and                                                                                                                  as you build your CV, search for jobs, prepare

     pharmaceutical. While many
     graduates pursue a scientific
                                          was the average starting salary
                                                                                                                                             applications, practise your interview technique,
                                                                                                                                             and much more.

                                                                                                                                             Get the Advantage
     career, others use their skills in   with the highest being £42,000.*                                                                   The career-enhancing Nottingham Advantage
     professions such as marketing,                                             Recent graduate destinations:                                Award recognises and rewards your
     law and the armed services.                                                •	Aequus International:                                     extracurricular activities. With a choice of
                                                                                                                                             over 200 modules, you can hone the key skills
                                                                                   healthcare researcher                                     employers are looking for. From developing
                                                                                •	Future Science Group:                                     your leadership skills and learning a language
                                                                                   editorial assistant                                       to public speaking and volunteering, you will
                                                                                                                                             leave university with demonstrable experience
                                                                                •	Kirkhouse Trust:
                                                                                                                                             that sets you apart from other graduates.
                                                                                   project administrator                                     For further information, visit
                                                                                   (agricultural research)                         
                                                                                •	Merial: laboratory technician
                                                                                   (animal health products)
                                                                                                                                             Study abroad and placements
                                                                                                                                             We are part of the Universitas 21 programme,
                                                                                •	NHS: NHS Scientific Training                              meaning we offer you the chance to study
                                                                                   Programme                                                 abroad at an approved partner university in
                                                                                                                                             countries all over the world. This is a great
                                                                                                                                             chance to gain valuable communication skills,
                                                                                                                                             a global perspective of science and immerse
                                                                             Further study                                                   yourself in a new culture. You can also obtain
                                                                             Many of our graduates go on to further study,                   work experience with an optional placement
                                                                             undertaking a taught masters course or research                 year to gain an insight into the sector you will
                                                                             to PhD level. Subjects of further study could                   be working in.
                                                                             include: bioinformatics, biological photography
                                                                             and imaging, business and technology, clinical
                                                                             microbiology, ecology and environmental
                                                                             management, forensic medicine, genetic
                                                                             counselling and oncology.

20                                                * Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2015/16.                          21
                                                                             Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
How do I apply?                                                                                               Experience it
                                                                   Around one-third of our UK students
                                                                   receive our means-tested core
                                                                   bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year
                                                                   (2018 entry figure; subject to change).

     How to apply                                                                                                                                                                 Live and study
                                                                   For details, see
                                                                                                                                                                                  abroad as part
                                                                                                                                                                                  of many courses
     All applications for                                   Flexible admissions policy                                                                                  
     undergraduate study at                                 In recognition of our applicants’ varied
                                                            experience and educational pathways, we
     Nottingham, including                                  employ a flexible admissions policy. If we judge

     applications by international                          that your situation has adversely affected your
     students, must be made                                 achievement, then we will consider this when
                                                            assessing your academic potential. Some
                                                                                                                  Accommodation                         10 minutes
     through UCAS.                                          courses may make a slightly lower offer. For          to suit every                         from the city for
                                                            more information about this policy, see               budget and                            music, food and           student-led groups,
     You can apply online at and will be
     notified of decisions through UCAS Track.
                                                                       personal choice                       shopping                  clubs and societies at
                                                            Mature applicants                           
                                                                                                                                                                                  your Students’ Union
     Your personal statement                                We encourage applications from mature                 accommodation
     This is the section of your UCAS form that tells       applicants who have a significant gap in
     us most about you, and you should make the             education. You should apply through UCAS.
     best use of it. Be as specific and detailed as you     Find out more at
     can – we would like to see that you are a student
     who can work hard, be self-motivated and make          International applicants
     the best possible use of the opportunities that        The University provides a range of information
     our courses offer you. We would also like to           and advice for international applicants. If you
     hear about any skills you have gained through
     extracurricular activities.
                                                            are unable to attend an open day, we can meet                                               Student Service
                                                            you in your country at one of our overseas events
                                                            or arrange an individual visit to the University.                                           Centres on all
     Minimum entry requirements                             For further information please visit                                                        UK campuses
     Unless otherwise stated in individual course
     profiles, all UK applicants should have GCSE
                                                                                                  for support
     English grade 4 (C) as a minimum.                      Deferred entry                                                                              and advice
                                                            Applicants who wish to defer their entry by a
     Alternative qualifications                             year will not be at a disadvantage. Please tell us
     In this brochure you will find our A level and                                                                                                     studentservices
                                                            something about your plans for your gap year in
     International Baccalaureate entry requirements         your UCAS personal statement.
     but we accept a much broader range of
     qualifications. For more details, visit                Equal opportunities policy                      The University aims to create the conditions          One of the UK’s                       Join in with the          Choose from
                                                                                                                                                                                  9 modern
                                                            whereby students and staff are treated solely on
     GCSE reform                                            the basis of their merits, abilities and potential,   leading universities                  vibrant musical
     Following the reform of GCSE grading in England                                                              for sport* with over
                                                            regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality,
     from A*–G to 9–1, we have adopted Ofqual’s                                                                                                         life on campus
     recommended equivalence. This means that
                                                            ethnic or national origin, age, socio-economic
                                                            background, disability, religious or political        70 student                            and in the city
     GCSE grade A*=9, A=7, B=5/6 and C=4. GCSE              beliefs, trade union membership, family               sports clubs                                                    to study alongside
     qualifications taken outside of the UK will still be   circumstances, sexual orientation or other                                           your course
     graded A* to G.                                        irrelevant distinction.                                     performance
                                                                                                                  * British Universities and Colleges
                                                                                                                  Sports Standings, 2016-17.                                      language-centre
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