Year 1 core modules
Year 2 core modules
Final-year core modules
Modules offered may vary.
This module introduces students to the concept of evolution and how the process lead to the development of biodiversity and the world we now inhabit. Evolution by natural selection and our development from the common ancestor will be discussed, along with the principles of taxonomy, speciation and the evolutionary tree to demonstrate relationships between species.
The impact of modern molecular methods of taxonomy in the form of phylogenetics will be highlighted, with particular attention being paid to the discovery of the domain of archaea. The complex biodiversity of the microbial, plant and animal worlds will be discussed and their importance in ecological balance for the earth, human kind and society in the form of conservation.