This is a four-year integrated masters programme aimed at developing enhanced research skills for students seeking a high-level career in research (eg studying for a PhD or working in industry). For the first three years of study, students will select one of the available pathways (Anatomy and Human Biology, Biochemistry, Bioveterinary Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Human Physiology, Tropical Disease Biology, Zoology, Biological and Medical Sciences or Biological Sciences) and will study a mix of theory and practical modules appropriate to the BSc Honours programmes for these areas.
During the 4th (masters) year, students will take advanced modules to enhance further their research skills, will join a research team to undertake a significant research project. Students will also have the opportunity for a research internship in the UK or overseas, or to spend time working in industry in this final year.
The Biochemistry pathway on this course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
The MBiolSci programme consists of four years of study. For the first three years, students will follow a pathway that constitutes one of our current three-year BSc Honours degree programmes.
- Anatomy and Human Biology (B110)
- Biochemistry (C700)
- Biological and Medical Sciences (C130)
- Bioveterinary Science (D900)
- Biological Sciences (C100)
- Genetics (C400)
- Microbiology (C500)
- Pharmacology (B210)
- Human Physiology (B120)
- Tropical Disease Biology (C111)
- Zoology (C300).
In Year Four, students will take the core modules, Statistics for Biologists, Research Methods and Applications in Biological Sciences, together with a 60-credit research project. In addition, students will take either a 30-credit internship undertaken as a placement in the summer period between Years Three and Four, or a total of 30 credits of other M level modules. These internships may be in the UK or in our partner institutions abroad, for instance in Thailand. Students also have the opportunity to spend part or all of the final year working in industry.
The title of your degree award will reflect your pathway of choice eg Master in Biological Sciences (Biochemistry).
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
367 Year One undergraduates in 2016
UK league tables
92% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2014/15)
National Student Survey
• 93% average satisfaction for our programmes (National Student Survey 2016)
• 95% or higher overall satisfaction for Anatomy and Human Biology, Bioveterinary Science, Human Physiology, Pharmacology (National Student Survey 2016)
Why this subject?
Shape your study with real ﬂexibility and choice
You’ll study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK drawing on over 100 years of teaching and research experience, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences; a breadth of choice unique in the UK. 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’ll benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic and pharmaceutical industries. 92% of our recent graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.
Strengthen your employability through overseas study
Give your future employability a further boost 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
Life science is at the leading-edge of science, so our facilities are too. Over £30 million has recently been invested in the School’s 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.