Anatomy and Human Biology BSc (Hons)

Key information


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This is a practical, hands-on degree in anatomy that allows you to combine cadaveric dissection with a thorough exploration of human biology at all levels of organisation, from the DNA right up to organ systems.

This degree will suit you if you want a thorough understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Our students are well prepared to compete for graduate entry into Medicine, Dentistry, Physician Associate studies, Radiotherapy, and Physiotherapy, for higher degrees in all areas of human biology, and for careers in anatomy, biological and medical science, the biotech, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries, and in medical communications.

Programme in detail

Each year includes dissection of the human body, working in groups of typically five or six (subject to the availability of prepared cadavers) guided by a series of related lectures and practical sessions in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre, our dedicated anatomy facility.

Alongside this, lectures, tutorials, and seminars are given by top scientists in fields such as neuroscience, human evolution, vertebrate morphology, stem cell and developmental biology, musculoskeletal biology, and cardiovascular biology.

Year Three includes the opportunity for a practical research project in one of the internationally renowned research groups working within the research institutes that support the teaching on the degree programme.

At Liverpool, we offer two routes for students wishing to study for a degree in Life Sciences. You can enrol on one of our Deferred Choice Programmes (C130 or C100) that allows students to learn about the different subjects available in Life Sciences before specialising, or retain their broad interests and gain a degree. Alternatively, students can enrol on a specific programme of study that specialises in one area of the Life Sciences.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

405 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

1st for Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology – (Guardian University Guide 2020)

Graduate prospects

95% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2016/17)

National Student Survey

100% satisfaction for Genetics and Anatomy and Human Biology (National Student Survey 2017) and 91% satisfaction for Microbiology (National Student Survey 2017)

Why this subject?

Shape your study with real flexibility and choice

You will study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences. You’ll also enjoy links to our Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Enjoy excellent career prospects

You will benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic, environmental and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengthen your employability through overseas study

Boost your future prospects by choosing to study or take part in field courses abroad. Our networks stretch as far afield as Uganda, Thailand and China.

Work in leading-edge facilities

More than £30 million has recently been invested in our facilities, such as our Biology Teaching Centre, the state-of-the-art Biosciences Building, the Biomedical Sciences Building and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre. This ensures your studies are fully supported by the very best in teaching and research equipment.

Our plans for teaching 2021/22

Over the last year, we have delivered teaching to suit a range of circumstances, within UK Government guidelines. Take a look at our plans for delivering teaching from September.