Tropical Disease Biology BSc (Hons)

Key information


Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

This programme will appeal to students who are interested in a range of aspects of the biology of infectious disease in a global context, but with an emphasis on the tropics.

A practical skills module in tropical disease biology will be offered in Year Two.

Programme in detail

Year Three is based in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where the focus is on parasitic protozoa and helminths. Modules include topics on parasitology (including immunology and molecular biology), vector biology, chemotherapy, topics in global health, and a research project.

A range of current issues will be highlighted, including emerging diseases and the feasibility of disease eradication programmes in the tropics.

In addition, students will develop core transferable skills (spoken and written communication, team working, project management and computing) and carry out a major research project..

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.