Bader International Study Centre

BISC

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

The BADER INTERNATIONAL

STUDY CENTRE

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Why Study Science at the BISC? 

"The BISC strives to create well-rounded scientists. In the BISC program, you will develop the leadership experience, global awareness, and people skills that today's employers expect in addition to analytical thinking abilities, problem-solving skills, and industry-specific knowledge.” - Dr. Christian Lloyd, Academic Director.

The Bader International Study Centre is an exciting place to begin your university-level science studies. Our small class sizes mean that you will interact closely with your professors in both the classroom and lab settings. Under their guidance, you will have the opportunity to engage deeply with the course material. This style of learning is sure to give you an in-depth knowledge that will set you apart from your peers as you enter second year and beyond.

The BISC provides an integrated experience that will not only prepare you to be successful in your science discipline of choice, but the interdisciplinary nature of the program will also help you to develop into an effective critical thinker. You will be given an understanding of the role of science in global affairs and how knowledge of the scientific process can be used to effect change on a global scale. 

Laboratories and Experiential Learning Opportunities

The BISC has a blended learning approach to the study of science, in which traditional classroom teaching is integrated with online teaching methods; this approach is proven to increase student engagement.

Biology, Chemistry, and Geology courses all include lab sessions where students can engage with the course material by performing hands-on experiments under the guidance of our experienced faculty. Lab sessions will be delivered in small groups on the Herstmonceux Estate and during off-site field studies.

At the castle, students will use the 500-acre Herstmonceux Estate as a living laboratory, collecting samples and performing experiments on the rich variety of ecosystems and landforms that are present on the Estate. From the Castle moat, to the dense woodland, to the expansive fields, students will engage with their surroundings in ways that would not be possible on a traditional university campus.

Biology and Chemistry lab sessions will take place during off-site field studies. During these field studies, students will be given access to state-of-the-art labs and will use self-directed and inquiry-based learning methods to explore course concepts.  

As well as knowledge of scientific functions in their chosen field, by the end of your first year students will have:

  • Laboratory skills, and be proficient in the use of technical equipment and scientific instruments.
  • Hands-on experience studying science in the field.
  • Knowledge of quality control and safety regulations.
  • Experience designing experimental studies.
  • Problem-solving skills for both quantitative and qualitative problems.
  • Opportunities to present literature and research findings in posters, seminars, and at a research conference hosted in conjunction with the University of Sussex.
  • Ability to observe and make measurements.
  • Experience of writing, reviewing, and summarizing reports and scientific documents.
  • Experience analyzing and evaluating information, including statistical analysis of scientific data.
  • An understanding of the role of science in global affairs.

Your Pathway to Science at Queen's

Options after 1st year include:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics