What Will You Study

Discover how animals and plants function at an organism level; explore how they interact with their environment; and tackle the global challenges that affect them. Undertake Masters level modules and a research project and gain hands-on experience with our field trips to Spain, Kenya or Scotland.

Throughout your degree, you will be taught by internationally-renowned academics, and will have access to our state-of-the-art laboratories, which offer excellent facilities for practical work. You may participate in half and full-day excursions that benefit from our local, dynamic surroundings of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Bowland Fells and Morecambe Bay, in addition to residential field work.

Our first year modules form a well-rounded introduction to the fundamental features of biology where you will gain the opportunity to link key global challenges, such as maintaining biodiversity, to human use of the environment and human health.

We offer flexible study paths that can be tailored to your own interests. In particular, in your second and final year of study, you can choose from a host of optional modules to develop your knowledge in specific aspects of biology, whilst gaining advanced techniques such as experimental design, data analysis and research delivery.

Our international field trips provide exciting opportunities. You may explore the Doñana National Park in the southwest of Spain, which is home to a plethora of plant, bird and animal species, including the world’s most endangered cat, the Iberian lynx; you can visit some of the UK’s last remaining natural habitats in rural Scotland, and witness a range of animals including red deer, osprey, mountain hare, hen harrier and golden eagle; or contribute to an expert-led study of the Rift Valley of Kenya, where we will evaluate the challenging balance between tropical conversation and human activity.

In your third year you will choose seven of the optional modules that are available alongside completing your dissertation.  During your dissertation project you may choose to make use of our high-quality laboratories and cutting-edge instrumentation, or undertake field-based work, such as contributing to ongoing research projects in the UK or overseas. Alternatively, you can choose to complete your dissertation with a work placement, benefitting from our strong links with industry.

In your final year you will gain additional practical skills by undertaking an extended research project along with a variety of Masters-level modules. This experience will stand you in particularly good stead should you want to apply for subsequent research-based careers.

Study Abroad option

We also offer a three year BSc Hons Biology Study Abroad where you spend Year 2 at one of our partner universities in North America or Australasia. It’s an opportunity to broaden your horizons and gain a valuable experience of a different social and academic environment.