BSc (Hons) Biology

Why study this course?

If you are interested in a broad range of biology topics from microbes to humans, including the biology of disease, the natural world, evolution, genetics and how humans and organisms interact with their environment, this is the course for you. You will develop the breadth of understanding and hands-on practical skills that enable you to apply your expertise to the many challenges we face in the world today, such as microbial resistance, climate change, safe and sustainable food production and the conservation of endangered species. All teaching in biology at UCLan is research-informed, and underpinned by practical classes where you will develop the technical and analytical skills valued by employers in the scientific, environmental and biotechnology industries. Fieldwork features throughout your course, with topical biological case-studies and teamwork to help build key transferable skills and enhance your employability.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Biology is taught within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences enabling you to benefit from its excellent teaching facilities and approachable staff. This includes extensive teaching laboratories and access to specialist research equipment such as electron microscopes and the analytical suite in the JB Firth Building, as well as cell culture, microbiology and molecular biology facilities in the Darwin Building.

UK-based field work is covered by your fees and embedded throughout your course enabling you to gain key practical skills, with additional options to carry out international field studies. As part of our strong commitment to employability on many of our modules, you will meet and work with role models who are professional biologists in government and non-governmental organisations.

We use a diverse range of teaching methods including lectures, small-group tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, debates, case-studies, laboratory practical classes, fieldwork and off-campus studies. You will be assessed using a mixture of coursework styles designed to develop your transferrable skills, such as practical and fieldwork reports, case-studies, research posters, oral presentations and examinations. You will undertake a dissertation research project in your third year on a topic of your choice with guidance from one of the biology teaching team. This can be a field or laboratory investigation, a desk-based study, or developing and evaluating a biology-based educational resource.


As a biology graduate you can follow a wide range of careers related to the biosciences such as working as a research scientist or technician in biology-related employment sectors including the health and pharmaceutical industries, or on conservation and endangered species management, as well as in science writing, education, outreach and communication. In addition, biology graduates are in demand in many other employment sectors in the UK and overseas including graduate entry level into the civil service, business, accounting, sales and marketing. Many biology undergraduates will develop an interest in a specialist area of their discipline and will continue to study at postgraduate level for a Master of Science (MSc) or Research (MRes) or a doctoral degree (PhD or DPhil), whilst others choose to take a postgraduate teaching qualification or graduate entry level into medicine.

Course Highlights

  • Experienced and approachable research-active teaching team
  • Excellent teaching and research laboratories
  • High practical element
  • High employability skills
  • Diverse coursework and assessment styles
  • UK and overseas fieldwork
  • Work-experience opportunities at the Young Scientist Centre

Key Information

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)


Full Time


Biology, Ecology



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