Biology MSci Hons - 2018 Entry

UCAS Code
C109

Entry Year
2018

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

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.
  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    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.
  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAA

    Required Subjects A level grade AA in two sciences from the following; Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

    GCSE Mathematics grade B, English Language grade C

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including two science subjects at HL grade 6

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to include sufficient science. We require Distinctions in majority of relevant science units. Please contact the Admissions Team for further advice.

    Access to HE Diploma 36 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 9 Level 3 credits at Merit in a science related subject. We require majority of Distinctions in science subjects.  Please contact the Admissions Team for further advice.

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    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.

    Year 1

      Core

      Optional

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    Year 3

      Core

      Optional

    Year 4

      Core

      Optional

    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.

  • Careers

    Careers

    Our programmes maintain an excellent record for graduate prospects. A degree in biology opens up a wealth of opportunities in careers ranging from Environmental Microbiologist, Nature Conservation officer and School Teacher, along with academic research options, for example in soil science and crop science.

    In addition to developing your knowledge in biology, a degree at Lancaster will equip you with a range of computing, intellectual, practical, numerical and interpersonal skills. The abilities gained on the programme will increase your appeal to employers in a wide variety of sectors, and our careers service offers help and advice for all of our graduates for as long you need it.

    If you wish to enhance your career prospects by extending your study to postgraduate level, you may wish to undertake a PhD at our brand new Graduate School, where you can join our vibrant community of PhD students and make a direct contribution to the world-class research output, whilst developing the skills that you need to enjoy a rewarding career in your chosen field.

    We offer a variety of extra-curricular activities and volunteering opportunities that enable you to explore your interests and enhance your CV. Our weekly careers bulletin and careers blogs are written by student volunteers, and inform you of careers events. The Students’ Union-run Green Lancaster programme offers placements with external organisations, allowing students to gain volunteering experience at weekends by working in the local community, taking part in a wide range of activities and developing their practical skills.

    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with 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/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2017 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,168

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    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. 

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