Biological Sciences MBiolSci (Integrated Masters) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China
  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information

  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: C900
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 34 / BTEC : DDD in relevant diploma

Module details

Years One, Two and Three

For the first three years, students will follow the same programme as those studying on the three-year BSc Honours degree equivalent of their chosen pathway. For details please see the individual programme listings.

  • Anatomy and Human Biology (B110)
  • Biochemistry (C700)
  • Biological and Medical Sciences (C130)
  • Bioveterinary Science (D900)
  • Biological Sciences (C100)
  • Genetics (C400)
  • Marine Biology (C160)
  • Microbiology (C500)
  • Pharmacology (B210)
  • Tropical Disease Biology (C111)
  • Zoology (C300)

Programme Year One

Students should take core and optional modules from the pathway of choice.

Programme Year Two

Students should take core and optional modules from the pathway of choice.

Programme Year Three

 Students should take core and optional modules from the pathway of choice.

Programme Year Four

The research project forms a large part of Year Four, accounting for 60 of the 120 credits.

Students also take the following compulsory modules:

  • Statistics for Biologists
  • Research Methods and Applications in Biological Sciences

In addition, there is an optional 30-credit, 6-week summer internship, which may be UK-based or at an overseas institute, eg in Thailand (at BIOTEC, the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology) or in China at Suzhou Industrial Park. Internships can be arranged in institutes or universities that specialise in research areas of relevance to all of our degree programmes. If students do not wish to undertake a research internship, then they must select a total of 30 credits from a range of modules that include the following:

  • Informatics for Life Sciences (15 credits)
  • Evolution and Social Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Post-Genome Bioinformatics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Programming for Life Sciences (7.5 credits)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology of Cancer (15 credits)
  • Dynamic Population Modelling (15 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Cell Signalling (15 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Microbial Diversity and Versatility (15 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Animal Behaviour (15 credits)

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Teaching and Learning

You will experience a range of learning environments during your studies at Liverpool. These will include student-centred activities as well as lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, dissection classes, fieldwork, data handling sessions and computer workshops. Some of these activities will be performed individually, such as personal research projects, and others in small tutorial or project groups, in addition to formal lectures and workshops. You will have research staff as well as your own academic adviser for individual tuition on our acclaimed tutorial programme.


As well as factual knowledge and understanding, biologists need practical and organisational skills, and an ability to work both alone and with other people. We record development of these abilities through continuous assessment during the semester and by final examination. You will also prepare posters, complete tests, analyse data, give short talks, research the scientific literature and write essays and reports. The style of examination progresses from short answers towards the essay format in the later years of each degree programme, as your understanding deepens.