School of Life Sciences
Life Sciences at Liverpool brings together biological and medical sciences. We investigate development and normal function in humans, animals, plants, microbes and single cells, as well as disease processes and treatments. Life scientists work at the heart of critical topics for the planet, such as global warming, new energy sources, food security and pandemics.
We aim to make you an expert in one particular field while having the ability to cross discipline boundaries, a combination of strengths that is highly attractive to prospective employers. You will be able to tackle the issues that dominate today’s society and are of international relevance, such as global warming, new energy sources, and the treatment of plant, animal and human diseases.
New technological developments in genome sequencing and bioinformatics are providing fresh insights across life sciences, and the demand for graduates in these areas of science is therefore extremely high.
Choose Life Sciences at Liverpool and you will have over 100 years of teaching and research experience supporting you. Over that time, we have developed an academic community that draws on disciplines from across the life sciences, offering you a breadth and depth of ﬂexible study choice we believe is unrivalled in the UK. Here, you can really shape your studies according to your interests, and be conﬁdent that the teaching you receive is informed by the very latest, ground-breaking research from across our renowned Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
At Liverpool, we offer two routes for students wishing to study for a degree in Life Sciences. You can enrol on one of our dDeferred Cchoice Pprogrammes (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.
All our three-year programmes can be extended into a fourth year by transfer into our integrated master’s programme (C900), subject to students’ performance. This fourth year provides students with opportunities to study and work abroad, in research institutes or in industry.
Specialist Subject Degrees
Anatomy and Human Biology (B110) provides practical anatomy teaching throughout the degree, and modules range from across Life Sciences.
Biochemistry (C700) is a popular choice because it spans both biology and chemistry, and explores the mechanisms by which cells and tissues perform their functions. If you are interested in the molecular basis of life and its evolution, then Genetics (C400) will provide an excellent training in these subjects.
Microbiology (C500) is a broad based degree for those interested in microbial life on this planet, including the biology of bacteria and viruses responsible for infectious disease.
If you want to understand disease processes and how drugs control them, you should consider Pharmacology. If you are interested in regulatory processes at the tissue and cellular level, then Human Physiology will be your best option. Human Physiology (B120) and Pharmacology (B210) are integrated with the teaching programme for Life Sciences so that you will gain a broad training in biochemistry, organic chemistry, cell biology, genetics and other relevant subjects before full-time specialisation in your final year.
More specific training in global disease impact, specifically in the developing world, is provided by Tropical Disease Biology (C111). The diversity and function of multicellular organisms, from insects to mammals, is the focus of study in Zoology (C300). Bioveterinary Science (D900) is taught jointly by staff in the Schools of Life Sciences and Veterinary Science.
You may be able to transfer to another programme of study in your final year, provided that you select the appropriate modules in Year One and Two.
Biological Sciences (C108) is a four-year programme with a Foundation Year at Carmel College followed by three years at the University of Liverpool, and acts as an entry route to many of the Honours Schools in Life Sciences.
Our integrated Master of Biological Sciences (C900) programme provides the opportunity to study one of our specialist or general three-year programmes, followed by a master’s year. This master’s year is very flexible and contains opportunities for working in industry or gaining international experience in one of our partner institutes, for part or all of the year. You will graduate with a degree qualification that reflects your specialisation, eg MBiolSci (Biochemistry) or MBiolSci (Anatomy and Human Biology) etc. Students can also transfer to C900 from our other programmes (subject to academic performance) to extend their studies into a fourth year of study at master’s level.You may be able to transfer to another programme of study in your final year, provided that you select the appropriate modules in Year One and Two.
Life Sciences (Biological Sciences MBiolSci)
I enjoyed the structure of the course i.e. the emphasis on research, whilst having a few core modules to develop new skills and improve skills I already had. In particular, I enjoyed my research project, which was looking at sickling in sheep red blood cells - a very innovative and relevant area of research, so also very exciting!
On my course we had a research project which made up the large majority of credits, as well as a statistics module and a research methods module. The statistics module focused on learning 'R', a powerful statistics package, whilst the research methods helped develop skills in report writing, presentation skills and poster skills for example.
One of the best parts of my course was an internship which was amazing. 6 weeks in Thailand looking at the behaviour and conservation of wild gibbons in the Khao Yai National Park rainforest. I recorded the behaviour of a group of 3 gibbons over a week in order to determine how their behaviour has changed over time and how this can be used to improve conservation methods. There were also opportunities to help with other research, such as studying Thai freshwater ecology and surveying coral reefs.
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