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BSc (Hons)Biological Sciences

Tuition fee £17,350.00 per year
Course code C100
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Biological Sciences is the key science of the 21st century. It brings together ideas, techniques and information from all areas of biology – from ecology to the molecular sciences. This programme allows you to pursue your own areas of specific interest and to have an appreciation of the full range of the subject. However, should you decide sometime in the first two years that you wish to specialise, you can transfer to a number of programmes in the School of Life Sciences.

A progressive series of field, laboratory and lecture modules cover most aspects of the Biological Sciences, with students able to select topics to match their interests. Modules are selected from over 50 offered within the School of Life Sciences. Typical topics include: evolution and biodiversity; animal biodiversity; genetics of higher organisms; fieldwork techniques; animal behaviour and socio-biology; marine resource exploitation; genes and development; physiological control systems; microbiology; molecular biology.

Programme structure

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

Optional modules:

Three from the following:

Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
Biological Chemistry
Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies
Animal Biodiversity
Developmental Biology
Introduction to Animal Husbandry
Ecology and the Global Environment
An Introduction to Marine Ecosystems
Ecology and Conservation

Plus one of the following:

Biochemical Methods
Field Skills

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
Plus five modules from a range of Level 5 theory modules in Life Sciences and four modules from a range of Level 5 practical modules in Life Sciences, as approved by the Programme Director. Options may also be available from the School of Environmental Sciences

Programme Year Three

Core modules:

Advanced Skills in Biological Sciences
Research Project
Plus five modules from a range of Level 6 modules in Life Sciences, as approved by the Programme Director. Options may also be available from the School of Environmental Sciences.

In the final year, field courses in Zoology and Ecology are available, as are core skills modules in either Zoology, Genetics, Microbiology or Biochemistry. You will also undertake a research project chosen from one of the various Honours Schools to complement the lecture programme chosen. Each project gives an invaluable opportunity to see what real scientific research is like and to work alongside staff who are national and international authorities. Recent projects have included: rearing trout in disused docks; the endocrinology of ageing; evolutionary aspects of animal behaviour; protozoa:prey cycling in plankton.

This degree allows students, guided by the Director of Studies, to pursue their own areas of specific interest while having an appreciation of the full range of Biological Sciences. However, should you decide during the first two years of study that you wish to specialise, you can transfer to any of the degree programmes listed under Life Sciences, subject to having taken the appropriate pre-requisite modules in years 1 and 2.

On the basis of performance in the second year, limitations may apply to the number of students permitted to enter the Tropical Disease Biology Honours School.

Career opportunities

As a Life Sciences graduate from the University of Liverpool, you will have a good set of career options ahead of you. For those committed to a career as a research scientist, further study for a higher degree (MBiolSci, MSc, MRes, MPhil or PhD) at the University of Liverpool or elsewhere is the normal route.

In the public sector, Life Sciences graduates are in demand in research institutes, government departments, the National Health Service, forensic science and the Environment Agency. Commercial sectors that actively recruit graduates from the Life Sciences include the pharmaceutical, food, biotechnology, water and agriculture industries.

There is also an increasing demand for life scientists to contribute to the public understanding of science as journalists and information/liaison officers, in view of the ethical and environmental issues that arise, for example, by developments in molecular biology and biotechnology.

A postgraduate qualification (PGCE) for entry into the teaching profession is also an option, with significant financial inducements provided to meet the current demand for science teachers. In addition to all of the opportunities for graduates in general, including careers outside of biology(such as management, accountancy and human resources), where the skills you have obtained in our degree programmes will be of considerable benefit, our degree programmes are also popular routes to postgraduate Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States