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BSc (Hons)Anatomy and Human Biology

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This is a practical, hands-on degree in Anatomy that allows you to combine a programme that includes cadaveric dissection with modules from medical and biological sciences.

This degree will suit you if you want a thorough understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Our students are well prepared to compete for graduate entry into Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Sciences, Diagnostic Radiography and Physiotherapy, for higher degrees, and for careers in biological and medical science, archaeology, forensic science, palaeontology, sports science and teaching.

Each year includes dissection of the human body, working in groups of about seven (subject to the availability of prepared cadavers) guided by a series of related lectures and practical sessions in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre.

Lectures are given by top scientists in fields such as human evolution, vertebrate morphology, stem cell and developmental biology, musculoskeletal biology and cardiovascular biology. This is supported with topics that include physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience and practical skills.

Year Three includes the opportunity for a practical research project in one of the internationally renowned research groups working within the research institutes that support the teaching on the degree programme.

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
Core Concepts in Anatomy
Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
Developmental Biology
Circulatory and Respiratory Anatomy

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

Functional Anatomy of the Human Locomotor System
The Multicellular Organism
Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis
Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
Functional Neuroanatomy
Anatomy of the Head and Neck
Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology

Plus 2 choices from a range of Practical Modules that include:

Practical Human Physiology
Techniques in Cell Biology
Techniques in Zoology
Experimental Physiology

Programme Year Three

All students undertake a research project. This may be a laboratory project (basic science, clinical, community or computer orientated) or a literature-based research project. These projects encompass anatomy and human biology in the widest possible terms giving students scope to pursue their own personal interests within the context of scientific investigation.

These projects have covered topics such as embryology, stem cells, cancer research, neurobiology, palaeontology, locomotion studies, ophthalmology, orthopaedic science, history of anatomy, cardiovascular biology, bone metabolism, functional magnetic resonance imaging and many more. Students usually choose projects that most benefit their future career paths.

Core modules:

Advanced Skills in Anatomical Science
Advanced Human Topographical Anatomy
Research Project

Plus one of the following modules:

Evolutionary and Comparative Anatomy
Primate Biology

And three from the following modules:

The Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease
Systematic Human Morphology
Clinical, Anatomical and Cellular Basis of Neurological Dysfunction
Human Evolution
Signally in Health and Disease
Integrative Comparative Animal Physiology

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.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States