Science & Environment

New discoveries ensure that this is an exciting and rapidly evolving subject area. Cloning, genetic modification of foodstuffs, emerging pathogens, bioinformatics, global warming and exploitation of the Human Genome project make front-page news.

It impacts on our everyday life prompting the need for qualified professionals in a range of interesting and exciting career opportunities.

Our Science and Environment courses prepare you for employment in a wide range of scientific areas, including pharmaceutical industry, scientific research, clinical trials, scientific writing, diagnostic laboratories, NHS, the food industry, agencies and organisations involved in environmental protection and environmental law enforcement, and teaching.

To support the students in their learning, the Science and Environment courses draw on experience and expertise from staff and external experts from across the industrial, professional and academic fields. This expertise provides the opportunity for a well-rounded and in-depth education in many contemporary areas of Science.


  • All our science degree courses utilise an expansive range of purpose-designed laboratories to enhance learning and skills development
  • The Life Sciences Laboratory contains a range of standard molecular and microbiological, equipment used within the biological science industry. In addition to this, a range of more specialist equipment is available for use by undergraduate students throughout the second and third years of their programme including a Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis system, DNA sequencing facilities and Quantitative Real Time PCR, providing students with an engaging and industrially relevant experience.
  • The chemistry programme is supported by recently refurbished laboratories including a range of standard analytical instruments such as UV, IR and atomic absorption spectrometers, HPLC and gas chromatographs. More specialist techniques including GC-MS, LC-MS, ICP-MS, SEM and Raman microscopy are also available.
  • The University also houses specialist research facilities such as the human tissue culture, food technology and bioremediation laboratories. In addition, the programme has access to extensive staff expertise on ecological management in the Clean Environment Management Centre, which ensures a robust and diverse resource base.
  • We have well-established links with clinical dieticians in local PCTs, Public Health professional both in the NHS and local authorities, and many food companies. Professional staff from these organisations give seminars in a range of modules, focussing both on current professional practice and career development.