Applied Biology is a scientific discipline at the forefront of research and technological developments in the life sciences. Students will gain knowledge and practical experience on state of the art developments in a variety of biology disciplines, including: techniques in molecular biology, biotechnology, maintenance of natural living resources, terrestrial and aquatic food production, applied biochemistry, ecosystems and biodiversity, ecotoxicology and pollution studies, applied bioinformatics, and ecosystem goods and services. A dedicated module on research methods in applied biology, and completion of a scientific research project, will provide students with hands on experience in both traditional and modern biological research techniques.
The programme is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical skills in applied biology, and thus prepare graduates for professional careers in the wide variety of sectors that require biological knowledge and practical application. Students can expect to find employment within the industrial sector and with organisations such as:
- governmental and advisory bodies that require expertise in the biological sciences
- private industries specialising in biotechnology, genetics or pharmaceuticals
- entities dealing with agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries
- environmental organisations.