Tropical Disease Biology BSc (Hons) 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

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: C111
  • 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
  • Biochemical and Biomedical Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology

Plus one of the following practical modules:

  • Biochemical Methods
  • Field Skills

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

  • The Immune System in Health and Disease
  • Virology
  • Veterinary Parasitology and Public Health
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Practical Skills in Tropical Disease Biology
  • Advanced Microbiological Techniques

Plus one of the following optional theory modules:

  • From Genes to Proteins
  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
  • The Multicellular Organism
  • Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
  • Genome Organisation and Maintenance
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Biotechnology

And two of the following practical modules

  • Tropical Field Course
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • E-Biology
  • Molecular Science
  • Techniques in Cell Biology

Programme Year Three

Core modules:

  • Advanced Skills Tropical Disease Biology
  • Vector Biology – Theory, Research and Implementation
  • Parasitology
  • Chemotherapy of Parasitic Disease
  • Topics in Global Health
  • Research Project

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Bacterial Disease Mechanisms
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Viral Disease Mechanisms
  • Conservation Biology
  • Advanced Biotechnology
  • Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Drug Metabolism and Drug Response
  • Cell Signalling and Signal Transduction

Programme Year Four

Students can transfer into the C900 (MBiolSci) programme to complete a four-year integrated master’s. This offers industrial placements in UK or abroad (subject to performance).

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.