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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. Simon Coppard, Science Coordinator, BISC

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 Science and Innovation Laboratories and Experiential Learning Opportunities

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  • Access our new state-of-the-art lab for Biology, Chemistry and Physics lab sessions, and use self-directed and inquiry-based learning methods to explore course concepts.
  • Perform 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.
  • Use the 500-acre Castle 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, you will engage with your surroundings in ways that would not be possible on a traditional university campus.
  • Take advantage of a blended learning approach: traditional classroom teaching is integrated with online teaching methods to help you sustain a high level of engagement with your learning.

A place to gain new skills

As well as knowledge of scientific functions in your chosen field, by the end of your first year you 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 of 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
  • Physics

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Wet Lab

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Biology and Chemistry Lab

Physics and Geology Lab


Students Taking their Studies into the Field

Bader College (Queen’s University, Canada) is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment that is fair, positive, and supportive for all members of our community.
We strive to ensure all members’ views are valued and shared in a secure environment through a commitment to upholding equity*, diversity**, inclusion***, and advancing indigenous initiatives.
Bader College supports the fair treatment and opportunity for all by asserting the importance of non-discriminatory treatment either directly or indirectly on the ground of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

*Equity: Substantive fairness for everyone thereby ensuring that members of equity-seeking groups are able to achieve full participation in the university (ader College). 

**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

Land acknowledgement: Queen’s University, Canada is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

Bader College
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
Phone: +44 1323 834444
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