Explore the science of life through our broad range of modules where you can choose topics that both interest and excite you as you discover how they interact with their environment. Undertake Masters-level modules and a research project and gain hands-on experience with our field trips to Spain, Kenya or Scotland.
Lancaster University is ranked fourth in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2020, and fifth in the UK for biological sciences in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Taught by internationally renowned academics, you will develop the skills required to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our planet, whether it’s researching underlying scientific principles, the development of new treatments for disease or helping to protect endangered species.
Practical work doesn’t just take place in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You will also have the opportunity to participate in one of our exciting field trips which include local excursions to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Bowland Fells, or residential trips to Doñana National Park in south west Spain, which is home to a plethora of plant, bird and animal species, including the world’s most endangered cat, the Iberian lynx. You may even 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.
Our first-year modules form a well-rounded introduction to the fundamental features of biology, from genetics and cell biology through to ecology and conservation biology, whilst having the opportunity to link these topics to global challenges, such as the maintenance of biodiversity and human health.
Second and third years offer specialisation, allowing you to shape your own degree from a diverse range of in-depth theory and practical skills modules. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic selected from across the full breadth of biology. During your dissertation, 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 your final year you will gain additional practical skills by undertaking an extended 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.