These degree scheme offer more flexibility than our IBMS-accredited Biomedical Science degree, with the added possibility of completing a four-year integrated masters. You can enrol on either the MSci or the BSc degree scheme, subject to the necessary entrance requirements, and may be able to transfer between degrees at a later stage. Progress/transfer to the fourth year of the MSci degree is subject to peer competition and requires an overall performance equivalent to upper second class. Students failing to meet this requirement, but who fulfil the necessary criteria for the award of an honours degree, will graduate with a BSc Hons in Biomedicine.
The Biomedicine degree is aimed at those with a broad interest in human life processes and disease. They involve 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 an Introduction to Biomedical Science, 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.
On the BSc programme, you continue into your third and final year studying modules such as Medical Genetics, Ethics in Biomedicine and Pathobiology. If you achieve the necessary criteria to proceed to the fourth year of the MSci degree, 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 practices.
- Biological Sciences : MSci Hons
- Pre-medical Studies : Certificate of Higher Education
- Biomedical Science : BSc Hons
- Biochemistry with Biomedicine : BSc Hons
- Biological Sciences : BSc Hons
- Biological Sciences (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Biological Sciences with Biomedicine : BSc Hons
- Biology with Psychology : BSc Hons
- Biochemistry : BSc Hons
- Biomedicine : BSc Hons
- Biochemistry (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Biomedicine : MSci Hons
- Biochemistry with Genetics : BSc Hons
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. For a full list contact the Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of) department.
- Molecules of Life
- Cell Structure and Function
- Protein Biochemistry
- Anatomy and Tissue Structure
- Impact of Microbes
- Infection and Immunity
- Hormones and Development
- Human Physiology
- Skills in Biomedical and Life Sciences
- Experimental Design and Data Analysis
- Biomedical Science in Practice
- Biomedicine and Society
- Diagnosis in Biomedical Science
- Cell Biology
- Medical Microbiology
- Biochemical Techniques
- Cell Biology Techniques
- DNA Technology
- Microbiological Techniques
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Cellular Pathology
- Haematology and Transfusion Science
- Practical Physiology
- Medical Genetics
- Ethics in Biomedicine
- Enhancing your Employability and Career Potential
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 modules of study 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.
For further information about the department, staff and courses please visit the Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of) department website.
A-level: AAB. To include a minimum of AS-level Chemistry and Biol/Human Biol and two A-levels/HLs from Biol/Human Biol/Chem/Geog/Maths/Physics/Psychology/Env Sci/Computing or IT
General Studies: Only accepted if taken as one of four A levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: ABBBB
International Bacc: 35 points overall with 16 from the best three HL subjects
IELTS: 6.5 overall (with at least 6 in each element)
Mature students: Applications welcome. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
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.
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
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.