Biology with Psychology (Placement Year)

BSc Hons

  • UCAS Code C1C9
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

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    4th for Biosciences

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    8th for career after 15 months

    The Guardian University Guide (2022)

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    12th for Biosciences

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2022)

Lancaster University’s BSc Biology with Psychology (Placement Year) is for those who want to explore the biological processes which underpin human behaviour, and who wish to gain work experience as part of their degree. It has been designed for those wishing to develop an understanding of the influences that govern human behaviour, underpinned by knowledge of the biology of the system.

It provides you with support to secure a paid placement for twelve months working in the type of organisation that you might aspire to join when you graduate. The placement offers you the opportunity to work as a full time employee of the organisation with the same training and opportunities as other employees, whilst still receiving both academic and pastoral support from Lancaster University.

The degree is taught jointly by our biology academics and the Department of Psychology. Lancaster University is ranked fifth in the UK for biological sciences and 10th for psychology by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

You will gain a core knowledge of biology and psychology and can choose optional modules according to your interests and career aspirations. The core modules on the degree principally focus on understanding the biology that underpins human behaviour and aim to provide the opportunity to understand psychology in greater depth. You will be encouraged to link your study of biology to a progressive understanding of developmental, physiological and cognitive psychology.

To prepare students for their work placement year, our Careers and Placements Team will provide advice and guidance on: the skills required to create effective CVs, cover letters and applications; tips and techniques on how to make an impact at interviews and assessment centres; how to create a relevant digital profile; and how to research employers and career sectors of interest. In addition, there is great emphasis placed upon developing self-awareness and on how to present yourself in a professional manner to employers. This optional provision will be delivered via a blend of traditional and digital methods including face-to-face workshops, online webinars, e-courses and 1:1 appointments.

You will spend your third year on an industrial placement, which may be science or non-science based. Although you will be supported by professional careers staff in preparing your industrial placement application, due to the competitive nature of these placements it is possible that not all students will be successful in securing these nationally-advertised opportunities. Students who have not secured an industrial placement will automatically be transferred over to the degree without the placement year - the BSc Biology with Psychology.

During your degree, you will conduct an independent research project and benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academics. You will also receive training in the key techniques associated with modern biosciences. The facilities for studying Biology at Lancaster University are excellent - we have invested over £4 million in new life science teaching laboratories.

Careers

Lancaster University is ranked first in the North West - and third in the UK - for graduate prospects by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

The two departments delivering this degree have excellent reputations for graduate employability. 96% of Lancaster's BSc Psychology graduates and 90% of our bioscience graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation (Unistats 2018).

Your biology with psychology degree will open up opportunities in areas such as academic, industrial and medical research. Around half of our graduates use their skills in a commercial setting while half pursue work in scientific, teaching or caring professions. Alternatively, the course is an ideal base from which to continue on to postgraduate study.

Your placement year is an excellent opportunity to gain work experience, boost your employability and build connections with a desired company. Graduate employers are increasingly using placement schemes as a way to identify suitable candidates for subsequent graduate employment. Alternatively, the course is an ideal base from which to continue on to postgraduate study.


During your degree and placement you will gain practical skills such as laboratory competence and experimental design; numerical skills such as statistical analysis and data recording and presentation; and interpersonal skills such as team working, communication and negotiation. The transferable skills and analytical training you will gain during your degree will allow you to enter science or diverse fields such as teaching, management, marketing and finance. You will also study an employability skills module to help you manage your professional development and prepare for the job market.


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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects 2 science subjects from 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 6.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in 2 HL science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology.

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in Applied Science including sufficient Biology and Chemistry content

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. 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.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £26,550

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

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I love learning about the human brain, it is the most fascinating thing I have ever studied; it’s thoroughly complex and incredibly amazing at the same time. I did a project in my third year on Alzheimer’s, where we looked at how the disease inhibits the brain using an electron microscope. The experience of using cutting-edge technology was amazing and I realised that what I am studying at Lancaster University could make an impact in the real world after my studies - it was a pretty monumental moment for me.

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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 can run at one time in the two laboratories, with up to 12 students clustered around double benches. Additional facilities include cold storerooms, 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.

Practical study

We place great emphasis on practical learning, whether that is in our new teaching labs or out in the field. Practical learning enables you to put theory into practice and understand the principles underpinning the topics you are studying, while also developing skills which will be of use throughout your degree and future career. On average, half of your contact time will include workshops, laboratory-based work, computer-based modelling and field trips.

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