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UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
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Biology is a dynamic and constantly evolving science that has benefited from many recent discoveries made possible through powerful technologies such as genomic analysis, digital imagery and computer generated models. The Biology degree at Liverpool Hope takes a broad approach to studying life on Earth. You will have the opportunity to study a wide variety of organisms and different environments, as well as explore a range of biological processes and become proficient in carrying out techniques for investigating them.

At Hope, we take a dynamic and highly practical approach to teaching Biology. Your learning will concentrate on practical Biology with opportunities to study in the laboratory and during field trips, as well as visits to biological research centres. Our lecturers are enthusiastic and approachable research-active biologists whose experience and expertise facilitates research-informed teaching in contemporary aspects of evolutionary biology, animal behaviour, conservation biology, insect ecology, avian biology, bioinformatics, genomics and stable isotope ecology.

The more theoretical and technical themes in Biology are covered during interactive lectures, and then investigated during small-group tutorials and workshops. You won’t just learn biological theory, you will become actively engaged in all aspects of the subject. You will be able to carry out your own research projects, and will be encouraged to consider the wider impacts of Biology on society and everyday life.


Our degree is notable for its high level of practical work in the laboratory and field, access to excellent library resources and study support, and the many opportunities for you to engage with external career professionals. You will have a mixture of lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students, and field trips. The wealth of field trips and group projects on the degree helps you to develop good work ethics, which aids your personal development and employability. 

For the Biology part of your Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there will be approximately 6 teaching hours per week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years. As well as teaching hours, you will be expected to spend a number of hours working independently each week, as well as working in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week. 


Each year there is a written exam, together with coursework of various kinds, including portfolios, reports and practice-based elements such as laboratory and fieldwork reports. There is also a poster assessment. Your final year includes a research project or a dissertation integrated with your other subject.

The varied pattern of assessment helps to develop your writing and communication skills, particularly our popular student-led research activities.

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.


The fundamental aim of this degree is to facilitate student achievement through excellence in teaching. Core knowledge and theory are delivered through lectures, which is then consolidated and applied through laboratory practical work and seminar activities.

As you progress through your degree, it is expected that you will play an increasing role in directing and contributing to taught sessions. Across each level of study, external specialists encourage you to become more self-aware and focused on career progression and personal development. Similarly, personal tutors in Biology guide and support you as you face the challenges of transition from further to higher education and from university to employment.


In your first year you will study the comparative anatomy, developmental biology, ecology, phylogeny and evolutionary and environmental adaptations of a range of interesting organisms.


Year two develops your knowledge by studying topics such as animal behaviour, biostatistics, biodiversity, conservation biology and human evolution.


Your third year focuses on studying research-informed advanced topics, including applied ecology, the applications of stable isotopes in ecological research, biological and other forms of pest control, bioinformatics and phylogenetics. You will also design and complete a research project for your dissertation under the expert guidance of an academic tutor.


UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


Recent graduates with a Biology degree have entered careers in biotechnology, laboratory research, environmental consultancy, medical writing, science outreach and other scientific and technical jobs. Others have pursued postgraduate study in education and teaching, conservation biology and environmental management. As a Biologist, you can also pursue graduate vacancies and training programmes in sectors such as health and the NHS, the Civil Service, business, management, accountancy, education, staff training and other professional level graduate employment.

Study with us and you will develop strong scientific and technical skills that are complemented by specialised biological skills, and generic graduate skills. These include the use of laboratory and field equipment and advanced research techniques. Biology graduates can also demonstrate their ability to collect, analyse and present data, including using computers to generate graphs, figures and statistics, work to deadlines, write reports and give research presentations individually and in a team. Such high-level communication, analytical, computer literacy and team working skills are highly valued by employers and equip you for a broad range of graduate opportunities.



The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


Along with the cost of your tuition fees, there are some additional costs for you to consider. There is a cost of approximately £500 for compulsory residential and non-residential field trips and relevant equipment such as waterproof coat and boots, as well as around £200 for core textbooks and £20 for a laboratory coat.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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