Advanced Biological Sciences MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: You will typically require a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant Biological Sciences subject.
Advanced Biological Sciences msc


Through the ethos of research-led teaching, our MSc in Advanced Biological Sciences will provide you with an innovative and rewarding experience within an excellent environment of state-of-the-art research laboratories, cutting-edge provision for proteomics, genomics, advanced genome sequencing and analysis, a cell imaging suite, transgenic plants facility and an NMR centre for protein structure analysis.

The School has developed bespoke pathways to MSc awards across all of its research areas, affording applicants the opportunity to develop their own postgraduate degree programmes. These new programmes can therefore be based around your particular areas of interest. The title of your degree award will reflect your pathway of choice, which in turn reflects the research interest of the research grouping, for example, MSc Advanced Biological Sciences (Molecular Oncology).

You will be able to choose from a series of taught modules to ensure that you develop the correct academic background and skills to excel in research. You will also be offered a flexible but guided programme of study, which will enable you to develop your leadership, information technology and professional skills. 

Pathways include:

  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Animal Sciences)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Cell Signalling)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Evolution and Behaviour)

The pathways on offer are under review and therefore subject to change, please contact the programme director for more information before you apply.


Research projects offered in previous years include:

  • Combining species-specific and site-specific conservation: towards a more integrated conservation effort
  • Interference interactions between Staphylococcus aureus and other members of the nasal microflora
  • Preparation of recombinant S100P protein for interaction studies
  • Investigating the activity of potential malarial therapeutics
  • From mate choice to partner preference
  • MCL-1 as a regulator of apoptosis in myeloid cell lines
  • Using experimental evolution to test diffuse coevolution theory in host-symbiont interactions.

Why School of Life Sciences?

International excellence in Biological Sciences

Our research covers the whole spectrum of biology from the molecular to the whole organism; from biotechnology to environmental biology. Central to achieving our aim of conducting the highest quality research are our postgraduate students, for whom we provide the opportunity to undertake internationally competitive research through the provision of their project work. We attract high quality postgraduate students with first degrees in Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Zoology and other areas of Biosciences from around the world into the following areas of biology:

  • Animal Biology
  • Gene Structure and Function
  • Cell Signalling
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genomics
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Ageing
  • Cancer
  • Proteomics
  • Environmental and Molecular Microbiology
  • Microbial Pathogenicity
  • Applied Aspects of Environmental Biology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Plant Biology
  • Host-pathogen Population Dynamics
  • Biotechnology
  • Systems Biology.

Unique concentration of Bioscience departments

The University of Liverpool is probably unique in having the largest concentration of bioscience departments in the UK, and the School of Life Sciences has close links with the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry as well as collaborations with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the oldest School of Tropical Medicine in the world and one of only two such Schools in the UK.

The University also has world-class research in the physical and chemical sciences and many staff within the School have novel and highly innovative interdisciplinary research programmes with chemists, physicists, mathematicians and surface scientists.

Our research is currently supported by over £30 million in external research grants and as such is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for research in the Life Sciences.