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  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: C400
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : DDD in relevant diploma

Module details

Programme Year One

Core modules:

  • Molecules and Cells
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Grand Challenges in Biology
  • Experimental Skills in Current Biology
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
  • Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies

Plus two of the following theory modules:

  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Animal Biodiversity
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology and the Global Environment

and one of the following practical modules

  • Biochemical Methods
  • Field Skills

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

  • From Genes to Proteins
  • Genome Organisation and Maintenance
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Molecular Science
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
  • E-Biology
  • Advanced Genetics Techniques

Plus two of the following theory modules:

  • The Multicellular Organism
  • Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Structure/Dynamics of Macro Molecules
  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Biotechnology

and one of the following practical modules

  • Techniques in Cell Biology
  • Practical Human Physiology
  • Advanced Biochemical Techniques
  • Advanced Microbiological Techniques

Programme Year Three

Core modules:

  • Advanced Skills in Genetics
  • Human and Clinical Genetics or the Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • Gene Expression and Development
  • Evolution
  • Research Project

The Advanced Skills module involves tutorials, seminars and workshops on data analysis, gene technology, bioinformatics, and the role of Genetics in society, business, medicine and agriculture. Many of the workshops and seminars are given by visiting experts, many of whom are Liverpool Genetics graduates.

Students spend about three days per week throughout the final year on their research projects, usually in the laboratories of one of our research institutes. As an alternative, students may opt for school-based, literature-based and bioinformatics projects if they wish.

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • Viral Disease Mechanisms
  • Bacterial Disease Mechanisms

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.