What Will You Study
This degree scheme offers more flexibility than our IBMS-accredited Biomedical Science degree, with the added possibility of completing a four-year integrated Masters degree, subject to peer competition and an overall performance equivalent to upper second class.
It is aimed at those with a broad interest in human life processes and disease. It involves the study of subjects such as biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and physiology which are at the heart of modern medical and health research. These subjects are taught with a particular emphasis on the molecules and mechanisms fundamental to life processes and how these are disrupted by disease.
You’ll begin your degree with the study of 15 wide-ranging compulsory modules, including Biomedical Science in Practice, Infection and Immunity and Protein Biochemistry.
In the second year of your course, you’ll move on to study subjects such as Medical Microbiology, Cellular Pathology and Cell Biology Techniques. You’ll also conduct your own laboratory-based project where you’ll benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academic staff.
You continue into your third year studying modules such as Medical Genetics and Ethics in Biomedicine. At the end of your third year you can either choose to graduate with a BSc or if you achieve the necessary criteria to proceed to the fourth year of the MSci degree. In your fourth year you will study Immunology, Diseases of the Brain and Molecular Basis of Cancer, plus one other optional module and a research project. You will also receive in-depth training in the key techniques associated with modern biomedical practice.
- Biochemistry : BSc Hons
- Biochemistry : MSci
- Biochemistry (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Biochemistry with Biomedicine : BSc Hons
- Biochemistry with Genetics : BSc Hons
- Biological Sciences : BSc Hons
- Biological Sciences : MSci Hons
- Biological Sciences (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Biological Sciences with Biomedicine : BSc Hons
- Biology : BSc Hons
- Biology : MSci Hons
- Biology (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Biology with Psychology : BSc Hons
- Biomedical Science : BSc Hons
- Biomedicine : BSc Hons
- Biomedicine (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Biomedicine (Study Abroad) : MSci
- Bioscience with Entrepreneurship : BSc Hons
- Foundation Year for Medicine and Surgery : Certificate of Higher Education
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Anatomy and Tissue Structure
- Biomedical Science in Practice
- Biomedicine and Society
- Cell Structure and Function
- Diagnosis in Biomedical Science
- Experimental Design and Data Analysis
- Hormones and Development
- Human Physiology
- Impact of Microbes
- Infection and Immunity
- Molecules of Life
- Protein Biochemistry
- Skills in Biomedical and Life Sciences
- Biochemical Techniques
- Cell Biology Techniques
- Cellular Pathology
- Clinical Biochemistry
- DNA Technology
- Haematology and Transfusion Science
- Microbiological Techniques
- Practical Physiology
- Biology of Ageing
- Cell Signalling 1
- Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
- Clinical Immunology
- Environmental Pathogens
- Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
- Tropical Diseases
- Biomedicine in Context
- Diseases of the Brain
- Drug Development (from concept to clinic)
- Microbes and Disease
- Models of Disease
- Molecular Basis of Cancer
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level A*AA-AAA including 2 science subjects preferably from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics
International Baccalaureate 38-36 points overall with 17-16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in 2 Higher Level subjects preferably from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
BTEC Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
A range of Advanced/Higher Level subjects, including 2 sciences preferably from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics
GCSE Mathematics (B); English Language (C)
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each component)
Alternative Courses Unsuccessful candidates will automatically be considered for C701 Biomedicine BSc
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level
Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via email@example.com
This degree provides an excellent platform for research-based careers in biology and biomedicine, including further postgraduate study. In addition, there are many opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry, forensic science and research institutes. Traditionally our graduates enter a wide range of careers, and the transferable skills acquired during this degree will make graduates attractive to employers in many other areas such as management, finance, teaching and marketing.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lecture-tutorial , interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.
Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2017/18 are:
Tuition fees for programmes are set annually for all new and continuing students. If you are studying on a course of more than one year’s duration, the fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. Such increases are normally calculated based on increases in the costs incurred by the institution, or in relation to UK government regulations which set the maximum fee for certain categories of student.
For the majority of undergraduate students, the most recent annual increase was 2.8%. Any change in fee rates will be communicated to students and applicants prior to the start of the academic year in question, and normally at least eight months prior to enrolment. Further details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study for full-time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students who achieve A*,A*,A in their A level examinations (or equivalent academic qualifications) and who place Lancaster as their firm choice. This is awarded regardless of household income.
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study for all UK students with household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve A level grades of A*,A, A in their A level examinations (or the equivalent academic qualifications). In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), who place Lancaster as their firm choice will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
Continuation of the Access Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression.
Students may be eligible for both the Academic and Access Scholarship if they meet the requirements for both.
- An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.
Bursaries for life, living and learning:
- A Lancaster bursary of £1,000 for each year of study for all students from the UK with a household income of less than £42,600.
Students from the UK eligible for a bursary package will also be awarded our Academic Scholarship and/or Access Scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Please note that this information relates to the funding arrangements for 2017, which may change for 2018.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.