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Course structure

We are offering seven modules (each comprising a total of 24 hours of teaching, mostly in one-hour lectures) which together cover cellular and ecological options. You choose which four modules you'd like to study. There are three modules in the Michaelmas term, three in the Lent term and no teaching in the Easter term. Within a given module you will find (in addition to the traditional one-hour lecture slots) workshops, seminars and discussion groups. An Inter-departmental course in Conservation Science is also available to you, as well as some courses in Zoology and one in Genetics. You will also undertake one research project and one Mini review essay.

Other Modules

Ecology at Part II

Many students take what is in effect a Part II Ecology course. Such people are based in Plant Sciences or Zoology, normally decided by where your project is undertaken. This ecological Part II is likely to be particularly popular with those who have read NST IB Ecology, Plant and Microbial Sciences and Animal Biology. It is not essential, however, for you to have read any of these subjects before embarking on the study of Ecology at the Part II level. Various options are offered, from which you may select your preferred combination, with restrictions dependent on whether you are registered in Plant Sciences or Zoology.

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Plant Sciences can also be studied within NST Part II Biological and Biomedical Sciences (NST BBS).

NST Part II BBS allows you to maintain some breadth in your study at Part II and requires the submission of a dissertation rather than a practical laboratory-based research project.