University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Biological Sciences (Functional and Comparative Genomics)

Functional genomics is the application of DNA sequence data to determine how organisms and specific processes work, whether through the identification of specific genes, monitoring gene expression globally (transcriptomics and proteomics) or facilitating the direct analysis and manipulation of specific genes and proteins. The research aims to understand how biological systems are functionally integrated within the context of the whole organism using the most recent advances in genomic and post genomic technologies. The course unravels the evolution, physiology, biochemistry and genetics of complex biological systems. Our research programmes include: The wheat genome sequence; genomic analysis of pathogens; environmental microbiology and virology; gene expression, regulation and cell signalling mechanisms; ageing and animal physiology; molecular toxicology; bionanotechnology.

Entry requirements

A good (2.1 or above) Honours degree in an appropriate science subject is required as a minimum, which, preferably, is relevant to the area of interest; IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) TOEFL iBT 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 21, Reading - 22, Speaking 23; International Baccalaureate Standard Level 5; Hong Kong use of English AS level C; INDIA Standard XII 70 per cent or above from Central and Metro State Boards; WAEC C4-6.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Liverpool L3 5PS North West

Key information

Postgraduate Recruitment
Telephone number: 
0151 794 5927