What Will You Study
Taught jointly by our Biology tutors and academics from the Department of Psychology, this degree explores the biological processes which underpin human behaviour. You will gain a core knowledge of Biology and Psychology and can choose from a wide selection of modules, starting with modules such as Human Physiology and Cognitive Psychology in your first year and moving on to modules including Genetics and Brain and Behaviour in your second year. Animal Behaviour and Advanced Neuropsychology are options in your final year. Both elements of this degree programme equip you with a range of transferable communication, analytical and interpersonal skills.
- Biochemistry : BSc Hons
- 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
- Biomedical Science : BSc Hons
- Biomedicine : BSc Hons
- Biomedicine : MSci Hons
- Biomedicine (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Biomedicine (Study Abroad) : MSci
- Pre-medical Studies : Certificate of Higher Education
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Cell Structure and Function
- Evolutionary Biology
- Experimental Design and Data Analysis
- Human Physiology
- Skills in Biomedical and Life Sciences
- Understanding Psychology
- Biomedical Science in Practice
- Biomedicine and Society
- Diagnosis in Biomedical Science
- Hormones and Development
- Infection and Immunity
- Protein Biochemistry
- Brain and Behaviour
- Cell Biology
- Cell Biology Techniques
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Practical Physiology
- Advanced Human Neuropsychology
- Animal Behaviour
- Enhancing your Employability and Career Potential
- Prozac Nation: Human Psychopharmacology
- Advanced Cognitive Psychology
- Biology of Ageing
- Cell Cycle and Stem Cells
- Ethics in Biomedicine
- The Developing Mind
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment 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.
A-level: AAB. To include two science A-levels or HLs from Biol/Human Biol/Chem/Geog/Maths/Physics/Psychology
General Studies: Only accepted if taken as one of four A levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
GCSE: Maths and English Language, grade B
Scottish Highers: ABBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects.Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 35 points overall with 16 points from best three HL courses
IELTS: 6.5 overall (with at least 6 in each element)
Mature students: Applications welcome
Your biology training is relevant for careers in academic, industrial or medical research and opens up opportunities in the pharmaceutical and food industries or in environmental consultancy. Around half of our graduates use their skills in a commercial setting while half pursue work in scientific, teaching or caring professions.
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 lectures, tutorials, 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 various methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include basic and in-depth questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supervised in the production of final year project reports and dissertations, while students in laboratory classes are supported by demonstrators. 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.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. 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.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- 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
- 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
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
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 will need to account for occasional travel to and from work placements. It will also be necessary for students to pay for a Criminal Record Bureau check. There is also the option for students to join the appropriate professional body, however membership is voluntary.
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.