Students starting life science courses in September, such as biology, biomedical and forensic science, and animal programmes will benefit from an exciting revalidation of their degree programmes.

The new School of Life Sciences was formed in January; bringing together two Schools which had previously focused separately on natural and applied (human) sciences, and biological sciences.

As animal behaviourists and biologists join forces with specialists in chemistry and forensic anthropology, incoming students will be able to benefit from a wider range of optional modules to reflect the breadth of expertise within the School, and learn about areas of science which they otherwise might not have the opportunity to study on their chosen course.

The changes to the Life Sciences programmes were commended during the revalidation process for their involvement in ‘Student as Producer’ as students are offered opportunities for practical engagement with research-active staff. An example of this is the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme, which enabled 1st year students on the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science to work with a world renowned cancer biochemist within the School to produce a poster at a UK scientific conference and a journal manuscript with undergraduate student authors.

Head of School, Dr Libby John, said: “We are very excited about the changes to our courses. We have a lot of expertise within our School, and are using it to provide all our students with the best advantage. We think giving students the opportunity to choose from a wider range of modules, and the responsibility to be fully engaged in research within the School, provides them with a real opportunity to enter the world of employment with a truly unique, and relevant, degree.”

In addition to the improvements to the Life Sciences courses, the majority of teaching on Bioveterinary Science and Animal Behaviour and Welfare programmes will, from September, be delivered at the Brayford campus, to enable students to benefit from the state-of-the-art science facilities on site. Specialist animal facilities will continue to be available at the Riseholme campus, 4 miles from the main city centre campus.

Changes to courses are subject to final approval.