Biology (Placement Year) BSc Hons - 2020 Entry
Explore the science of life by choosing topics from our broad range of modules that both interest and excite you, from the molecular to the ecological, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of modern biology. Benefit from support to secure a paid placement enabling you to experience twelve months working in the type of organisation that you might aspire to join when you graduate.
Lancaster University is ranked 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.
During your first and second year we will provide you with support to secure a paid placement, including Placement Preparation and ‘work-based learning’ modules, enabling you to experience twelve months working in the type of organisation that you might aspire to join when you graduate.
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.
Your second and final year offers 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 the UK.
You will spend your third year on placement, which may be in a science or non-science related position before returning to Lancaster where you will continue in your chosen specialities. The placement offers you the opportunity to work as a full-time employee of the organisation whilst still receiving both academic and pastoral support from the University. Should you not be successful in securing a placement, you will automatically be transferred to the third year of the same degree scheme, without the placement year, in this case BSc Hons Biology.
A Level AAB
Required Subjects A level grade AB in two sciences from the following; Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade C or 4
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.
International Baccalaureate 35 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.
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.
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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.
- Biochemical Techniques
- Cell Biology
- Cell Biology Techniques
- DNA Technology
- Employability Skills
- Environmental Physiology
- Experimental Design and Analysis
- Field Biology
- Medical Microbiology
- Microbiological Techniques
- Populations to Ecosystems
- Practical Physiology
- Principles of Biodiversity Conservation
- Research Design and Delivery
- Vertebrate Biology
- Work Based Learning Preparation
- Animal Behaviour
- Biology of Ageing
- Cell Cycle and Stem Cells
- Cell Signalling
- Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
- Clinical Immunology
- Coral Reef Ecology
- Environmental Pathogens
- Environmental Plant Biology
- Ethics in Biomedicine
- Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
- Host-Parasite Interactions
- Issues in Conservation Biology
- Medical Genetics
- Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
- Proteins: Structure, Function & Evolution
- Scotland Field Course
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Tropical Biology & Conservation
- Tropical Diseases
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.
Our programmes maintain an excellent record for graduate prospects. A degree in biological sciences opens up a wealth of opportunities in careers ranging from Biotechnologist, Microbiologist, Molecular Geneticist, Forensic Scientist, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Food Technologist, Material Technologist, in addition to careers in research.
In addition to developing your subject knowledge, a degree at Lancaster will equip you with a range of computing, intellectual, practical, numerical and interpersonal skills. The abilities gained on the programme and placement year 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. The placement year is an excellent opportunity to gain work experience and to get “a foot in the door” with a desired company. Graduate employers are increasingly using work experience schemes as a way to identify suitable candidates for subsequent graduate employment.
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.
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.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2019 were:
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.
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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Cutting-edge teaching facilities
Our new £4.4 million teaching laboratories have total bench space for 216 students. The flexible design means that up to four classes are taught at one time in the two laboratories, with up to 12 students clustered around double benches. Additional facilities include cold store rooms, a plant growth room, preparation rooms and fume cupboards. Lockers are provided in a circulation area so students can follow best practice and leave their coats and bags outside the labs.
Take your studies into the field
At Lancaster, we take advantage of our natural surroundings to create amazing fieldwork experiences for students. As well as exciting trips to the neighbouring Lake District and Morecambe Bay we offer unique, optional field trips to the Doñana National Park, in the south-west of Spain, the Rift Valley of Kenya and the mountains of Scotland.
Careers and Employability
- Biology BSc Hons: C100
- Biology MSci Hons: 1M66
- Biology (Study Abroad) BSc Hons: C102
- Biology with Entrepreneurship BSc Hons: C1N2
- Biology with Entrepreneurship (Placement Year) BSc Hons: C1N3
- Biology with Psychology BSc Hons: C1C8
- Biology with Psychology (Placement Year) BSc Hons: C1C9
- Zoology BSc Hons: C300
- Zoology (Placement Year) BSc Hons: C302
- Zoology (Study Abroad) BSc Hons: C303
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