New courses create even more career options

Students in a labStudents interested in wildlife management, medical research, animal ecology, pharmaceutical sciences and veterinary medicine have now even more options when it comes to degree courses.

To satisfy an increased demand in science-related subjects three new BSc (Hons) degrees in Biochemistry, Zoology and Pharmaceutical Sciences are being introduced at the University of Lincoln as of September 2013.

Biochemistry is at the cutting edge of the biological sciences and has made a significant contribution to all fields of science allied to medicine, biotechnology and pharmacology.

There is a constant need for graduates with expertise in this area, who can apply their skills to problems in medicine, plus the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and biotechnological industries.

The degree examines fundamental principles relating to the chemistry of life on earth. Extensive research expertise will support the teaching of the degree.

Graduates can look forward to working in various research areas, from forensic to biomedical science, plus academic publishing and scientific sales.

Zoology is the fascinating exploration of how animals function and interact with their environment.

The degree builds on the world-leading expertise in animal science at Lincoln. Students will be taught by research-active staff at the forefront of their fields and benefit from well-equipped laboratories and frequent opportunities for field work to study animals in their natural habitat.

The School of Life Sciences also has strong links with local zoos and animal welfare organisations.

During the course students will develop key scientific skills in research methods and gain an in-depth understanding of how animals function and interact with their environment.

Career opportunities for zoology graduates include a wide array of animal-related industries such as the veterinary sciences, animal ecology and behaviour, and even science journalism.

Libby John, Head of School of Life Sciences, said: “There is a real buzz within the School about offering these degrees that allow us to build on our world-class expertise in areas of core science. We are passionate about our teaching and research in these sciences and the opportunity to inspire the next generation of zoologists and biochemists.”

The School is home to some of the most exciting and innovative research work and will be relocating to the new, multi-million pound Science andInnovationParkin 2014, which will also include the newSchoolofPharmacy.

Currently on offer for September 2013 intake is the BSc in Pharmaceutical Science. The course will introduce students to the exciting world of drug discovery, development and vigilance, ensuring graduates are ready to enter the pharmaceutical and associated industries in theUKand across the globe.

Further information on all three courses is available. To request a prospectus or to arrange to speak to an academic please call Michelle Mortimer, Marketing Intelligence and Recruitment Officer for the School of Life Sciences, on 01522 837949 or e-mail

To book a place on our next open day on 12th December visit:


Exciting Revamp of Life Sciences Courses

Students starting life science courses in September, such as biology, biomedical and forensic science, and animal programmes will benefit from an exciting revalidation of their degree programmes.

The new School of Life Sciences was formed in January; bringing together two Schools which had previously focused separately on natural and applied (human) sciences, and biological sciences.

As animal behaviourists and biologists join forces with specialists in chemistry and forensic anthropology, incoming students will be able to benefit from a wider range of optional modules to reflect the breadth of expertise within the School, and learn about areas of science which they otherwise might not have the opportunity to study on their chosen course.

The changes to the Life Sciences programmes were commended during the revalidation process for their involvement in ‘Student as Producer’ as students are offered opportunities for practical engagement with research-active staff. An example of this is the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme, which enabled 1st year students on the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science to work with a world renowned cancer biochemist within the School to produce a poster at a UK scientific conference and a journal manuscript with undergraduate student authors.

Head of School, Dr Libby John, said: “We are very excited about the changes to our courses. We have a lot of expertise within our School, and are using it to provide all our students with the best advantage. We think giving students the opportunity to choose from a wider range of modules, and the responsibility to be fully engaged in research within the School, provides them with a real opportunity to enter the world of employment with a truly unique, and relevant, degree.”

In addition to the improvements to the Life Sciences courses, the majority of teaching on Bioveterinary Science and Animal Behaviour and Welfare programmes will, from September, be delivered at the Brayford campus, to enable students to benefit from the state-of-the-art science facilities on site. Specialist animal facilities will continue to be available at the Riseholme campus, 4 miles from the main city centre campus.

Changes to courses are subject to final approval.

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Drs Anna Wilkinson and Tom Pike are gearing up for the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition in July, which is an 8 day celebration of science and technology.

Have you ever wanted to see the world through an animal’s eyes? Our exhibit explains the evolution and diversity of animal colouration, including ‘hidden’ colours that are invisible to humans, by considering how these colours appear to those who matter most, the animals themselves.

You can read more about our exhibit here:

You can also follow Dr Anna Wilkinson’s exhibition blog: