Natural Science

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Life on Earth

We have an international reputation for delivering excellent teaching and conducting research that has impact both academically and in society.

The broad range of disciplines we bring together in the School means that our staff and students have unique opportunities to gain knowledge and conduct research across different fields within biological sciences, geography, forensic anthropology and environmental sciences. This multidisciplinary approach is one of our most valued strengths and it is the key to the innovative approach that the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences is renowned for.

Our research centre, the Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology, fosters cross-disciplinary research and teaching into human and animal 'life on Earth'. Postgraduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral scientists and research active staff have access to an intellectually stimulating environment with first-class facilities, where innovation and collaboration are encouraged and supported.

Our programmes

The School has a broad and varied range of taught programmes across biological sciences and geography and environmental sciences.

All programmes emphasise the applications of the specific scientific fields and the majority of taught programmes are accredited by revelant professional bodies. We provide students with teaching of unprecedented range and quality, which is reflected in levels of student performance and satisfaction.

Take a more in-depth look at the courses we offer and the career options available to our graduates.

Our facilities

New state-of-the-art science laboratories and excellent teaching spaces means we offer students and researchers world-class facilities at the Byrom Street site.

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Our expertise

We are involved in extensive research and collaborate with academics in every continent across the world. Our expertise lies in the disciplines of anthropology, animal behaviour, evolutionary and environmental genetics, epigenetics, ecology, geography, climate change and environmental sustainability. The School submitted a substantial number of staff to five Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 (the system that assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions).

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94% of recent graduates were in jobs or further study 6 months after graduating *LJMU Graduate Destinations Report 2017


research centre and 3 research groups are based within the School 


forensic anthropology programme accredited by Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

** LJMU Graduate Destinations Report 2017

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