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Teaching facilities

Our facilities


Recent major investment has meant we can offer state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. Whatever level of study you choose with us, you will gain experience in your chosen field using cutting-edge and industry-standard equipment.

Our work in the field

You may get the chance to participate in fieldwork as part of your course. Such opportunities currently operate at our three international field stations:

  • University of Rennes Biological Field Centre, Brittany - take part in a hands-on ecology course
  • Marine Biological Association field station in Plymouth – develop your practical skills in biodiversity assessment and
  • Sulawesi, Indonesia - in your second year, you could have the opportunity to attend this three to four week research trip

These opportunities develop your practical and research skills to give you the valuable experience employers are looking for.

Our work in the lab

As one of our students, you will be taught in modern laboratories during your practical sessions. These are large and well-equipped, containing up-to-date equipment which gives you valuable experience of using a professional facility.

Final-year and postgraduate research projects are carried out using our academic research laboratories. These were renovated as part of the ongoing expansion of our School and its facilities. Our aim is to provide you with state-of-the-art equipment and ensure your studies are as relevant and productive as possible.

We also have a dedicated PC laboratory. This is a 24 hour facility for practical and IT session teaching. It can also be used as a study space for your coursework.

Collaborative opportunities for postgraduates

Our postgraduate research room (PGR) was designed in collaboration with our postgraduate students. It has a combination of hot desks (for first and second year students) and permanent desks (for final and completion year students).

The PGR room is managed by postgraduate students and provides a focal point to allow good communication between students by promoting a strong sense of community. With such a broad range of subjects covered by postgraduate research, our PGR room enables collaboration across subject areas.