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Science Modules


Students select modules according to their home university's requirements and their own expertise.

It is recommend that students choose the majority of modules from their main subject discipline but may still have the option to select modules from other schools in the Faculty of Science or from across the university, in accordance with interests and career aspirations.

The University is sited on the Norwich Research Park, which also houses a number of research centres including the Institute of Food Research, Genome Analysis Centre, Sainsbury Laboratory and a world-leading plant research institute - the John Innes Centre.

Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences students are able to choose from a broad range of modules in the areas of Ecology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics or Health and Disease. Choices depend upon previous experience and requirements of the home university. Example modules:

  • Molecular Enzymology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology and Mechanisms of Disease
  • Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Evolutionary Biology and Conservation Genetics
  • Organisms and the Environment


Students studying Chemistry choose from a variety of modules in the areas of Organic, Inorganic, Physical, Analytical and Biological Chemistry, depending on previous experience and requirements of their home universities. Example modules:

  • Organic Compounds: Synthesis And Properties
  • Physical Chemistry II
  • Inorganic Compounds: Structure & Function
  • Organic Molecules: Reactivity & Function
  • Natural Products And Drugs A
  • Protein Structure And Chemistry
  • Protein Engineering
  • Physical Chemistry - Chemical Physics
  • Analytical Chemistry

Computing Sciences

Computing Sciences students select modules similar to the final year of a BSc degree programme. However, this programme can be individually adjusted to account for expertise and to provide the most beneficial experience in the context of the student's overall degree. Flexibility is incorporated to enable modules outside of the school to be undertaken. Examples of available computing modules include:

  • Programming 2
  • Sound And Image I
  • Software Engineering II
  • Systems Engineering
  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision (For Digital Photography)
  • Graphics II
  • Embedded Systems

Our School has also a large number of industrial contacts that have developed through our alumni network and our programmes with a year in industry.

Environmental Sciences

The School of Environmental Sciences takes a multi-disciplinary approach to its teaching, integrating physical, chemical, biological, social and geo-technical sciences into the study of natural and human environments. Example modules:

  • Global Environmental Change
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Economics
  • Earth and Life
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Biodiversity Conservation And Human Society
  • Earthquake And Volcanic Hazards
  • Catchment Water Resources


Students studying Mathematics select from modules that form part of undergraduate degree courses. Our research specialisms include both applied mathematics (for example fluid dynamics and mechanics of solids) and pure mathematics (for example group theory and number theory) and this is reflected in our teaching.  Example modules:

  • History of Mathematics
  • Free Surface Flows
  • Set Theory
  • Graph Theory
  • Dynamical Oceanography
  • Number Theory
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • The Learning & Teaching of Mathematics

Students are not restricted to choosing only modules from the School of Mathematics and provision is made for selecting modules from other science schools.


Students study the following modules:

  • Advanced Drug Discovery and Drug Delivery
  • Pharmaceutical Research Project

Within this module, students can choose a project in the following areas:

Medicinal Chemistry

 Molecular Pharmacology

 Drug Delivery

 Medicines Management

  • Special Topics

Within this module, students can choose from a range of subjects including:


Emerging Infectious Diseases and Resistance


Industrial Pharmacy

Inflammation and Disease

Nanomedicine and single molecule techniques

Personalised Medicine

Tropical Diseases

Veterinary Pharmacy