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Biological and Medical Sciences BSc (Hons)

University of Liverpool
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
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Biological and Medical Sciences BSc (Hons)

In this programme you will choose to study from a wide range of content / modules from medically-relevant disciplines including Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Tropical Disease Biology.

This programme provides the opportunity to establish a solid Life Sciences foundation in semester 1 upon which you will continue to focus on the “Biomedical disciplines”. There are very few module choices in year 1, so enabling you to experience to flavour of what we offer here at Liverpool. What you study in Year One will determine which options you can take in Years Two and Three. A typical student chooses modules in the first two years that concentrate on physiology, pharmacology and cellular biochemistry. In the third year specific disease areas are covered in much greater detail.

You may decide during your C130 degree that you would prefer to focus on one particular degree discipline, rather than continue with the focussed blend of the Biological and Medical Sciences programme. The C130 programme allows you the opportunity to transfer to a single honours discipline, (at specific transfer windows) should your experiences guide you this way.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

Typical A level offer ABB (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.

General Studies is not considered for this course.

Subject requirements

Biology and Chemistry at A level.

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*DD in Applied Science with a selection of preferred units in Biology and Chemistry, to include Distinction in Units 1 and 5 (Principles and Applications of Science I and II).

For previous BTEC (QCF) qualification:

D*DD in Applied Science with a selection of preferred units in Biology and Chemistry, with at least 120 Level 3 credits at Distinction. Please note alternative BTEC subjects are not acceptable for this programme.

BTEC Applied Science unit requirements

Download our BTEC Applied Science unit requirements for School of Life Sciences document for more information.

International Baccalaureate

33 including 6/5 at higher level Biology/Chemistry

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Not accepted without Advanced Highers at grades ABB

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Accepted at grade B as equivalent to a third non-science A level at grade B.


45 Level 3 credits in graded units in a relevant Diploma, including 30 at Distinction and a further 15 with at least Merit.

15 Distinctions are required in each of Biology and Chemistry.

GCSE Mathematics and English grade C/4 also required.

Extended Project Qualification

Applicants who offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer, plus an alternative offer. This will be at one A Level grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ, for example the offer would be ABB or BBB plus A in the EPQ.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school.

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Program content

Year One

Compulsory Modules

  • Molecules and Cells
  • Evolution
  • Grand Challenges in Biology
  • Experimental Skills in Current Biology
  • Quantitative Skills for the Life Sciences
  • Communication and Study Skills for the Life Sciences
  • Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Genetics and Development
  • Biochemical Methods

Optional Modules

  • Microbiology

Year Two

Compulsory Modules

  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
  • Endocrine and Neuro-physiology
  • Techniques in Cell Biology
  • Essential Skills for the Life Sciences 2
  • E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences
  • E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (s2)

Optional Modules

  • The Immune System in Health and Disease
  • From Genes to Proteins
  • Biological Chemistry
  • The Multicellular Organism: Tissues, Development, Regeneration and Aging
  • Virology
  • Practical Human Physiology
  • Molecular Science
  • Drug Action
  • Molecular and Medical Genetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Practical Pharmacology
  • Advanced Biochemical Techniques
  • Advanced Microbiological Techniques
  • Practical Skills in Tropical Medicine

Year Three

Compulsory Modules

  • Research Project
  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
  • Understanding Disease: An Integrated Approach
  • Advanced Skills in Biological and Medical Sciences
  • Life Sciences Work Based Placement

Optional Modules

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Molecular and Neuropharmacology
  • Human and Clinical Genetics
  • Gene Expression and Development
  • Neuromuscular Physiology and Disease
  • Molecular, Clinical and Translational Cancer
  • Parasitology
  • Cancer Pharmacology
  • Molecular Toxicology
  • Genes and Cancer
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Viral Disease Mechanisms
  • Bacterial Disease Mechanisms
  • Topics in Global Health


Home (UK) Undergraduates: £9,250 per academic year

Career paths

As a Life Sciences graduate from the University of Liverpool, you will have an excellent set of career options ahead of you. For those committed to a career as a professional scientist, higher degrees (MBiolSci, MSc, MRes, MPhil or PhD) at the University of Liverpool or elsewhere provide a flexible set of options for further study.

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 forlife 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 number of routes are available for graduates to enter the teaching profession one of which is taking a postgraduate qualification (PGCE). There are 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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University of Liverpool

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L69 3BX Liverpool
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