Biological Sciences MBiolSci (Integrated Masters)

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Career prospects

As a Life Sciences graduate from the University of Liverpool, you will have an excellent set of career options ahead of you. For those committed to a career as a professional scientist, higher degrees (MBiolSci, MSc, MRes, MPhil or PhD) at the University of Liverpool or elsewhere provide a flexible set of options for further study.

In the public sector, Life Sciences graduates are in demand in research institutes, government departments, the National Health Service, forensic science and the Environment Agency. Commercial sectors that actively recruit graduates from the Life Sciences include the pharmaceutical, food, biotechnology, water and agriculture industries.

There is also an increasing demand for life scientists to contribute to the public understanding of science as journalists and information/liaison officers, in view of the ethical and environmental issues that arise, for example, by developments in molecular biology and biotechnology.

A number of routes are available for graduates to enter the teaching profession one of which is taking a postgraduate qualification (PGCE). There are significant financial inducements provided to meet the current demand for science teachers. In addition to all of the opportunities for graduates in general, including careers outside of biology (such as management, accountancy and human resources), where the skills you have obtained in our degree programmes will be of considerable benefit. Our degree programmes are also popular routes to postgraduate Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.

Recent employers

  • AstraZeneca
  • BBC
  • Blue Planet Aquarium
  • Chester Zoo
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Eli-Lilly
  • Glaxo SmithKline
  • Home Affairs, Security and
  • International Development
  • United Utilities
  • NHS
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Unilever
  • Vodafone
  • Public Health England
  • Red X Pharma
  • Royal Society of Biology
  • The Environment Agency.

Work experience opportunities

Students on our four-year MBiolSci programme have the opportunity to take elective internships abroad at our partner institutions. For example, while at universities in Thailand, students have worked on topics such as coral reef and mangrove ecology, genetics of shrimp development and new drugs for tuberculosis.

Students in their final year of the MBiolSci programme also have the opportunity to take a six-week life sciences related internship as an optional fourth year module which runs during the course of the summer prior to Year Four. Alternatively, students can spend the entire final Year Four in industry or other enterprises. Internships and placements are subject to availability.

You will have the exciting option to undertake a foreign field course in western Uganda which is available when studying a number of our undergraduate degree programmes. The 12-day trip involves study at both the Kibale National Park (10 days) and Queen Elizabeth National Park (two days).

Topics covered whilst in Uganda include tropical forest and savannah ecology, biodiversity patterns, primate behaviour and ecology, subsistence versus commercial agricultural practices, and ecotourism.

In addition there is the option of the LIFE399 Life sciences work-based placement module. LIFE399 is an optional third year module which runs during the course of the summer prior to Year Three. Students will undertake a placement to assist their personal development and employability, and will complete a skills audit, reflective log and report, based on their experience. The module is worth 15 academic credits.

Postgraduate opportunities

Many of our students decide to stay at Liverpool as postgraduate students. For further information on postgraduate study, the prospectus is now online in two formats for either research degrees (MPhil/PhD) at: or for taught courses at: