What Will You Study
This degree offers you a diverse choice of modules in genetics, biomedicine, microbiology, ecology, physiology and conservation. You start your Biological Sciences degree studying modules such as Cell Structure and Function and Evolutionary Biology. The flexible nature of the course enables you to transfer to one of our more specialised degree programmes after your first year.
If you take our Study Abroad variant, you will spend the year studying at a partner university in the USA, Canada or Australasia where you can take modules including Medical Microbiology and Populations to Ecosystems.
In your final year we offer you courses including Biology of Ageing and Global Change Biology.
Our links with external research institutions, such as hospitals and industrial laboratories, add even greater texture to your experience.
At Lancaster we have both Biology and Biological Science undergraduate programmes. Take a look at the factsheet to find out about the differences between these two degree schemes.
- 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 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 : MSci Hons
- Biomedicine (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Biomedicine (Study Abroad) : MSci
- Bioscience with Entrepreneurship : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science : MSci Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Ecology and Conservation : BSc Hons
- Ecology and Conservation (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- Ecology and Conservation (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Economics and Geography : BA Hons
- Environmental Science : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science : MSci Hons
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- Foundation Year for Medicine and Surgery : Certificate of Higher Education
- French Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- Geography : BA Hons
- Geography : BSc Hons
- Geography : MArts Hons
- Geography : MSci Hons
- Geography (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- Geography (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Geography (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Geography (Study Abroad) : MArts Hons
- Geography (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- German Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- Human Geography : BA Hons
- Human Geography (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- International Management in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- International Relations in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- Physical Geography : BSc Hons
- Physical Geography : MSci Hons
- Physical Geography (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Physical Geography (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Spanish Studies and Geography : BA Hons
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
- Aquatic Ecology
- Biodiversity and Conservation
- Biomedicine and Society
- Cell Structure and Function
- Diagnosis in Biomedical Science
- Evolutionary Biology
- Global Change Biology
- Hormones and Development
- Human Physiology
- Impact of Microbes
- Infection and Immunity
- Introduction to Epidemiology: Global Health and Disease
- Molecules of Life
- Protein Biochemistry
- Biological Sciences Research Project (for USA Year Abroad)
- Using your degree for career success
- Animal Behaviour
- Biology of Ageing
- Cell Cycle and Stem Cells
- Cell Signalling 1
- Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
- Clinical Immunology
- Conservation in Practice
- Environmental Pathogens
- Environmental Plant Biology
- Ethics in Biomedicine
- Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
- Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
- Host-Parasite Interactions
- Issues in Conservation Biology
- Medical Genetics
- Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
- Protein Biochemistry
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Tropical Diseases
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 AAA including two science subjects.
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in two Higher Level science subjects.
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject including sufficient science content at Distinction. BTEC qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility.
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units. Access qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility.
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 two sciences from Biology, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Geography, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology is required for entry.
GCSE Mathematics (B).
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component).
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level.
Combination of Qualifications We welcome applications from students with a combination of qualifications, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly for further advice.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via email@example.com
Recent graduates have found work as microbiologists, immunologists and wildlife consultants. Others have gone on to further study in Biomedicine, Cell and Tissue Engineering and Conservation Management. Transferable skills are particularly useful in teaching as well as fields involving data analysis, such as accounting and finance.
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.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2017-18 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2016 were:
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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. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. 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 to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A, 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), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
- An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.
Bursaries for life, living and learning
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
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
It is recommended, but not compulsory, that students join the Biochemical Society. The cost for this will be approximately £20. Biological Sciences students have the option to attend the LEC field trip and students will need to pay for travel costs.
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.