Biological Sciences MBiolSci (Integrated Masters)

Key information


This is a four-year integrated master’s programme aimed at developing enhanced research and personal skills for students seeking a high-level career in research (eg studying for PhD or working industry or those seeking to enhance their qualification).

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. Students in three year programmes can transfer onto C900 for a fourth year, subject to performance.

During the fourth (master’s) year, students will take advanced modules to further enhance their research and personal skills and will join a research team to undertake a significant research project. Students will also have the opportunity to apply for a research internship in the UK or overseas, or to apply to spend time working in industry or in other enterprises in the final year.

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.

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.

These are:

In Year Four, students will take the core modules, Research Methods and Applications in Biological Sciences and a choice between Advanced Statistics for Biological Research and Informatics for Life 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 or China. Students also have the opportunity to spend part or all of the final year gaining practical experience, for example in industry.

The title of your degree award will reflect your pathway of choice e.g. Master of Biological Sciences (Biochemistry).

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.