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Biology means learning about life and the field is understandably wide. Some biologists study processes at the cellular level, others focus on processes in global ecosystems and some do both. The world needs good, autonomous biologists, particularly those with observant minds. If Alexander Fleming would not have noticed that there were no bacteria on his culture in the places where mould was growing, penicillin, which has been used to cure countless diseases, would never have been discovered. Biological research has proved its worth to society again and again. This type of research is usually carried out by large, interdisciplinary, international-level teams. Genetic research, for example, is a major area within medical-biological research.
It involves identifying and studying the genes linked to certain diseases, so that we can intervene at an earlier stage. Studying the biology conditions such as anorexia nervosa is also a job for a medical biologist. Imagine the impact on treatment if a clear biological cause were to be found. But biology has many more interesting facets. Facets that affect the preservation and resilience of the Earth. Biologists are trying to find out why so many species of plants and animals are in decline and find ways to stop that. What is the role of climate change in this process? Studying causes provides leads for finding solutions. Knowledge of the complex aspects of life helps us to understand the world we live in, ourselves, our health and our behaviour. This is what makes biology so exciting!
Is this the programme for you?
Are you interested in all aspects of life? Do you want to know more about the biology of diseases such as cancer, or what makes the brain tick? Are you interested in mankind’s influence on land and coastal ecosystems? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Biology may well be the right subject for you! The programme is involves more mathematics, physics and chemistry than the biology you were taught at school.
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“If we knew what we are doing, it would not be called research” (Einstein)
Your degree programme will train you to conduct research. In the Bachelor’s project in particular you will work in a small area of ongoing research, in which your results can form an important link in the process as a whole. During this phase, nobody knows what will be the outcome of your experiments. So your work needs to be well designed, well documented and carefully performed to serve as a piece of the puzzle.
How is climate change affecting life? Can we genetically modify bacteria so that we can use them to produce medicines? Why do we sleep?
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