Biology at Lancaster University

Biology

Choose from modules in Biology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology and Conservation, and Microbiology and Medicine.

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Biology

You will study organisms and the environment, and how human activities can change them. Biological mechanisms relate to the environmental challenges of the 21st century. These include environmental pollution, sustainability and conservation.

*Please note: some field courses will incur additional costs

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Core modules Core modules
Aquatic Ecology Environment Physiology Animal Behaviour
Developmental Biology or Marine and Estuarine Biology Evolution Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
Evolutionary Biology Optional modules Optional modules
Global Change Biology Data Collection and Analysis Coral Reef Ecology
Zoology Field Biology Dissertation
Optional modules Introduction to Eco-Innovation Dissertation with Work Placement
*Field Course in the Spanish-Doñana. (This may be taken in the place of any of the core modules above except Evolutionary Biology and Zoology) Populations to Ecosystems Environmental Plant Biology
Research Design and Delivery *Field Course in Kenya - Tropical Biology and Conservation
Vertebrate Biology *Field Course in the Scottish Highlands
Host-Parasite Interactions
Issues in Conservation Biology
Sustainable Agriculture

Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Specific A Level Entry Requirements: A Level Chemistry

Cellular biochemistry examines the macromolecular structure and the relationship of cellular organisation to the central pathways of intermediary metabolism and the physical processes underlying cellular functions. Cell biology covers the interactions within and between cells which allow them to perform their function in the whole organism. Genetics examines the mechanisms of heredity, moving through Mendelian genetics and its extensions to molecular genetics.

*Please note: some field courses will incur additional costs

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Optional modules Optional modules
Biotechnology Biochemical Techniques Biology of Ageing
Cell Structure and Function Biochemistry Cancer
Genetics Bioinformatics Cell Cycle and Stem Cells
Molecules of Life Cell Biology Cell Signalling I
Protein Biochemistry Cell Biology Techniques Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
DNA Technology Genetics
Genetics Medical Genetics
Proteins: Structure, Function and Evolution

Ecology and Conservation

Interactions between organisms, the environment and humanity are often complex. You will receive a thorough grounding in ecological theory and how these biological principles relate to the conservation of wildlife and ecological habitats. The pathway also concerns the practice of ecology and has a strong fieldwork component designed to encourage you to develop your practical skills.

*Please note: some field courses will incur additional costs

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Core modules Core modules
Aquatic Ecology Populations to Ecosystems Coral Reef Ecology
Biodiversity and Conservation or Marine and Estuarine Biology Principles of Biodiversity Conservation Issues in Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology Optional modules Optional modules
Global Change Biology Data Collection and Analysis Animal Behaviour
Zoology Environmental Physiology Dissertation
Optional modules Evolution Dissertation with Work Placement
*Field Course in the Spanish-Doñana. (This may be taken in the place of any of the core modules above except Evolutionary Biology and Zoology) Field Biology Environmental Plant Biology
Introduction to Eco-Innovation *Field Course in Kenya - Tropical Biology and Conservation
Research Design and Delivery *Field Course in the Scottish Highlands
Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
Host-Parasite Interactions
Sustainable Agriculture

Microbiology and Medicine

This pathway contains a balanced mixture of biochemistry, microbiology and physiology. It attempts to demonstrate the relevance of microbiology to human affairs, whether the connection is direct, e.g. diseases of humans, or indirect, e.g. the control of diseases of food crops. Although some lectures deal specifically with one group of microbes, i.e. bacteria, fungi or protozoa, entire modules emphasise ecological and functional relationships between different groups of microbes.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Optional modules Optional modules
Anatomy and Tissue Structure Cell Biology Biology of Ageing
Hormones and Development Cell Biology Techniques Cancer
Human Physiology Genetics Cell Cycle and Stem Cells
Impact of Microbes Medical Microbiology Cell Signalling I
Infection and Immunity Microbiological Techniques Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
Clinical Immunology
Environmental Pathogens
Molecular Parasitology
Tropical Diseases

To study on any particular Pathway you must meet the entry requirements of that subject. The 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. For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work.