Biological and Medical Sciences BSc (Hons)

Key information


This programme provides a broad-based education in life sciences related to medicine and medical research, and offers great flexibility of module choice so that you can tailor elements of your degree to your own particular interests.

This programme is particularly suitable if for you, whether you are unsure of which branch of the “biomedical sciences” you wish to follow, or you may be intending to apply for graduate entry into medical or dental schools, or perhaps you see yourself following a research pathway. This programme also prepares you for a wide range of other careers including scientific research and the pharmaceutical industry, plus many more pathways outside of science.

Programme in detail

In this programme you will choose to study from a wide range of content / modules from medically-relevant disciplines including Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Infection. This programme provides the opportunity to establish a solid Life Sciences foundation in semester 1 upon which you will continue to focus on the "Biomedical disciplines". The modules which you will undertake in year 1 enable you to experience a flavour of what we offer here at Liverpool. The modules you study in Year One, allow you to determine those areas of the Life and ""Biomedical"" sciences which you like and those you do not. Therefore allowing you to make informed decisions when it comes to your ""biomedical sciences"" module choices in years two and three. In the second semester of year 1 and throughout year 2 a C130 student will study core modules in  that concentrate on physiology, pharmacology and cellular biochemistry. In year 2 there is the additional bonus of you being able to start to choose from our optional modules. In the third year specific disease areas are covered in much greater detail. You may decide during your C130 degree that you would prefer to focus on one particular degree discipline, rather than continue with the focussed blend of the Biological and Medical Sciences programme. The C130 programme allows you the opportunity to transfer to a single honours discipline, (at specific transfer windows) should your experiences guide you this way.

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.