Luke

BSc Biological Sciences with Professional Placement

Luke is studying BSc Biological Sciences with Professional Placement on the Streatham Campus and his favourite thing about the programme is the flexibility. He has been on a field trip to San Salvador in The Bahamas and secured a Professional Placement at Paignton Zoo.


"Being able to learn about real-world issues from the people researching them is amazing. The academics are really passionate about their subjects. The ecology lecturers, in particular, are brilliant. I can now fully appreciate the pressures facing the environment, and the world-class science going on in the background looking for the solutions.

The best thing about the biosciences programme is that it is extremely flexible. You can choose from a broad range of modules, allowing you to specialise in those you find most interesting and relevant to your future plans.

The field trip to San Salvador in The Bahamas was a truly memorable experience*. Snorkelling alongside an incredible diversity of marine life includimg rare corals, green turtles, nudibranchs, and fish was a once in a life time opportunity. 

Undertaking my final year research project was one of the most enjoyable parts of my degree. I gained essential experience in biological techniques in a world-class laboratory, all whilst working alongside researchers at the top of their field.

My Professional Placement was with the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust at Paignton Zoo, where I worked as an Ecology Research Intern. My main role was carrying out my own independent research project, looking at the effects of street lighting on woodland bats. Alongside my project, I gained some valuable skills in ecological monitoring, surveying the spatial ecology of badgers and the diversity of butterflies. I also observed the social behaviour of hamadryas baboons... and even the behaviour of a western grey kangaroo who had lost her hop.

We really have the best of both worlds here at on the Streatham campus; both the rolling hills of Dartmoor and beautiful seaside towns are very accessible and make for the perfect day trip. Exeter is a small city but offers everything you could possibly need. It’s historic, there are loads of little cafes and shops tucked away, and the Quay is perfect for walks to take your mind off studying."

*Field course destinations are subject to change.

"The field trip to San Salvador in The Bahamas was a truly memorable experience*. Snorkelling alongside an incredible diversity of marine life includimg rare corals, green turtles, nudibranchs, and fish was a once in a life time opportunity."