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BSc Hons Biological Sciences (Study Abroad)

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of)
UCAS Code: C102 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Not Defined Director of Studies: Dr SK Roberts
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 90
Credit Points Year 3: 150

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    • To provide a flexible but structured, progressive and thematic training in Biological Sciences which will provide students with a knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.
    • To develop key transferable skills to prepare students for more general graduate employment.
    • To develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training.
    • To offer selected students the opportunity of spending a year at an approved university in North America or Australasia
    • To encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning
    • To offer a broad range of modules within which students can select a specialised route
    • To offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project


    An additional aim for the exchange students is for them to acquire the ability to study in, and learn about a different society, culture and higher-education system. They will study a comparable range of courses and develop the same skills, and probably with a quicker development of themselves as autonomous learners. They acquire a formal and informal appreciation of the United States, Canada or Australia from their year in that country which they could not have obtained with such personal impact from courses here in Lancaster.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The same learning outcomes are aimed for for the Year Abroad students as those for students completing all three years of their Biological Sciences study at Lancaster. The learning and teaching methods in the exchange University will differ from those used in Lancaster but not in any systematic way, and it is expected that this will instil a greater sense of independence and self-reliance among the exchange students. Methods of assessment in these Universities tend to favour projects, term papers and tests (including multiple-choice tests) more than in Lancaster.


    Subject specific knowledge and understanding.

    On completion of the programme, the subject specific knowledge and understanding will depend on the module choices exercised by the student. However, the student can expect to have covered several of the following broad biological science topics:


    • Genetics and Biotechnology
    • Microbiology and Parasitology
    • Biochemistry
    • Environmental and Conservation Biology
    • Global Change Biology
    • Animal Behaviour and Evolution
    • Cell Biology
    • Biomedicine and Ethics
    • Cancer, Cell Cycle and Stems Cells
    • Pathobiology and Disease
    • Biology of Ageing
    • Immunology
    • Neurobiology


    Subject specific skills.

    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will...

    • be able to plan, conduct and report a substantial individual investigationhave the ability to synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
    • be able to formulate and test concepts and hypotheses.
    • be able to reason critically and demonstrate awareness of major issues in science including issue affecting conservation and ethics.
    • be able to collect and present experimental data and to interpret numerical databe able to use appropriate equipment effectively and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work.


    Transferable skills.
    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will...

    • be able to work independently or as part of a team 
    • be able to use relevant Information Technology including editing and presentation dedicated programmes and relevant Web-based resources
    • be able to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
    • be able to design and prepare project proposals
    • Design and prepare project proposals


    Specific to the exchange programme:

    A greater sense of independence and self-reliance


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