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.
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.
During your degree, you may be able to move to our 4-year BSc Placement Year or to our MSci Biology which includes all the content available on this degree as well as a fourth year offering a variety of Masters-level modules and enabling you to undertake an extended research project. There is also a Study Abroad BSc Hons Biology where you spend Year 2 at one of our partner universities in North America or Australasia.
- 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 5.5 in each component.
- 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 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 qualifications.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Biodiversity and Conservation
- Cell Structure and Function
- Evolutionary Biology
- Experimental Design and Data Analysis
- Global Change Biology
- Impact of Microbes
- Molecules of Life
- Skills in the Life Sciences
- Anatomy and Tissue Structure
- Aquatic Ecology
- Biomedicine and Society
- Developmental Biology
- Hormones and Development
- Human Physiology
- Infection and Immunity
- Introduction to Epidemiology
- Marine and Estuarine Biology
- Protein Biochemistry
- Spanish-Donana Field Course
- Employability Skills
- Biochemical Techniques
- Cell Biology
- Cell Biology Techniques
- DNA Technology
- 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
- Biological Sciences Research Project
- Innovation in the Biosciences
- Animal Behaviour
- Biology of Ageing
- 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
- For UK students: £9,250 per year
- For International students: £24,070 per year
Our programs 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 program 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.
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Lancaster University is located in the northwest of England near the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. It was established in 1964 as a collegiate university with a reputation for innovation. Lancaster is one of the few UK universities to...
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Welcome to Lancaster
For us, Lancaster is everything a university should be. It's somewhere you can belong, a community to join with a collection of colleges that offer close-knit support and a proud identity.
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Lancaster is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate-level employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, with 89% of Lancaster students going into professional work or further education after graduation.
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