At LJMU we recognise that, because of the vast array of subject areas within the field of biology, you may want to get a feel for which ones interest you most before specialising, which is why we keep the degree broad based in the first year. In the first year, you will typically cover core modules in Genetics and Evolution, Microbiology, Physiology, Ecology, Practical Skills for Biology and Fundamentals of Scientific Research.
In the second and third years, you can either continue to keep your degree broad based, or you can specialise by choosing optional modules from a wide range topics, which may include Genes and Genomes, Immunology and Infection, Developmental Biology, Ecology Field Skills, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Applications of Genetics in Health and Disease, Neurobiology and Parasitology.
One of the real bonuses of this course are the opportunities for overseas travel, for example there are currently field trips to Costa Rica to study cloud forest and coral reef habitats and to Tenerife to study southern European ecosystems.
On top of the overseas visits, you have the chance to undertake a short 135 hour work-based learning placement or a year-long industrial placement. So you will have plenty of opportunities to put what you have learnt into practice and acquire the transferable skills that employers look for.