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 (e.g. 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. Students in three year programmes can transfer into C900 for a fourth year, subject to performance.
During the fourth (master's) year, students will take advanced modules to enhance further their research and personal skills and 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 course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (Advanced Accreditation) www.rsb.org.uk.
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, 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 of the NHS.
The title of your degree award will reflect your pathway of choice e.g. Master of Biological Sciences (Biochemistry).
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
412 Year One undergraduates in 2017
UK league tables
95% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2015/16)
National Student Survey
• 100% satisfaction for Genetics and Anatomy and Human Biology (National Student Survey 2017)
• 91% satisfaction for Microbiology (National Student Survey 2017)
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, 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’ll benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic 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
Over £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.